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Albums

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Leon Parker: Belief

Leon Parker continues to be one of the true originals of the day. Though it’s doubtful if his spare less-is-more approach to the drum kit will be widely influential-it’s likely to remain his exclusive territory-Parker’s effectiveness is certain to give pause to aspiring drummers who take note; and it’s liable to give drum manufacturers the … Read More “Leon Parker: Belief”

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Jack Jeffers N.Y. Classics Big Band: New York Dances

This excellent album is part of Hamiet Bluiett’s new Explorations series dedicated to upcoming and veteran musicians who deserve greater recognition. Jeffers, a largely self-taught member of the latter group, is an all-around bass trombone and tuba player who composes, conducts, contracts studio musicians, performs in Broadway pit orchestras and jazz bands, and for the … Read More “Jack Jeffers N.Y. Classics Big Band: New York Dances”

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Bill DeArango: Anything Went

Find yourself becoming more conservative as you grow older? It’s a natural tendency, but some people just seem to be exceptions that prove the rule. Such is the case with 75-year-old DeArango, who briefly surfaced in the ’40s when he appeared with the likes of Ben Webster and Dizzy Gillespie and now plays free jazz … Read More “Bill DeArango: Anything Went”

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Dick Cary: Dick Cary and His Tuesday Night Friends

Given multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger Dick Cary’s long career as a sideman with Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, Bud Freeman, and Eddie Condon, it is interesting to learn of his more recent activities as a rehearsal band leader. Beginning in the mid-1970s and continuing through 1994, the year of his death, Cary wrote some 1500 original compositions … Read More “Dick Cary: Dick Cary and His Tuesday Night Friends”

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Joey Baron: Down Home

Herb Ellis just about wrote the book on swinging blues-based jazz guitar. And while he’s chalked up a few miles since the ’50s, when he made his mark with the Oscar Peterson Trio, he plays like a seasoned engine that still purrs smoothly. On this set of ten originals recorded in 1991, the “Justice All-stars” … Read More “Joey Baron: Down Home”

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Various Artists: Tropijazz All Stars: Vol. 1

this is the first of a projected two volume release recorded before a live audience at Manhattan Center Studios. The Tropijazz All Stars include Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Juan Pablo Torres, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Humberto Ramirez, Charlie Sepulveda, and Giovanni Hidalgo. “Rumba de Cajon” has extraordinary solos by trombonist Juan Pablo Torres, whose jabbing, … Read More “Various Artists: Tropijazz All Stars: Vol. 1”

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Leonard Hochman: Manhattan Morning

Leonard Hochman, where have you been? This CD, Hochman’s second as a leader, reveals him as a thoughtful, often inspired soloist, leading an extraordinary ensemble through a set of well-made tunes-the better to support well-made solos from the quintet at hand. Hochman carries a big sound on tenor, somewhat reminiscent of Paul Gonsalves; that character … Read More “Leonard Hochman: Manhattan Morning”

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Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass: Even Canadiens get the Blues

With nine Concord Jazz releases behind him since 1991 alone, this latest in the 28-year-old, Toronto-based orchestra’s history is the hottest and most jazz-oriented of them all. McConnell himself contributed four new charts for this recording: the opening “Blue Tag,” with solos by the leader, tenorman Rick Wilkins and fluegelhornist Guido Basso; the title tune, … Read More “Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass: Even Canadiens get the Blues”

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