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Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer/Michael Jansch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1

Saxophone icon Lee Konitz, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer Jeff Williams had never performed together before May 2010, when this disc was recorded live at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. It was an entirely “free” outing, as the liner notes tell us: “There was no rehearsal, plan, or preconceived notion … Read More “Lee Konitz/Dan Tepfer/Michael Jansch/Jeff Williams: First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1”

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Nicki Parrott: The Best of Venus, Volume 1

While American-in-London Stacey Kent has become the toast of Western Europe, Australian-in-New-York Nicki Parrott has earned equally strong favor throughout the Far East. Their vocal similarity is unmistakable, almost eerie, both next-generation descendants of the sun-dappled Joanie Sommers school of pop-jazz styling, Parrott distinguished by a slightly denser smokiness. Parrott is also a top-flight jazz … Read More “Nicki Parrott: The Best of Venus, Volume 1”

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Milton Suggs: Lyrical, Volume 1

Two years ago, Chicagoan Milton Suggs’ sophomore album, Things to Come, marked the arrival of an immensely promising jazz-soul vocalist who was also a gifted songwriter. As a follow-up, the first in a proposed series, Suggs leaves the compositional duties to such masters as Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Tadd Dameron and Roy Hargrove, … Read More “Milton Suggs: Lyrical, Volume 1”

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Richie Pardo Quintet: I Get the Message, Volume 1: The Genius of Oscar Pettiford

Oscar Pettiford was only 37 when he died mysteriously in 1960, but during his couple of decades in the spotlight he contributed significantly to the language of the bass and defined the possibilities of the cello in jazz. His smoothly constructed lines and technical and theoretical innovations made him a star from the big-band era … Read More “Richie Pardo Quintet: I Get the Message, Volume 1: The Genius of Oscar Pettiford”

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