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Bill Falconer

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My earlier review of the Summit Jazz Orchestra's debut CD, "Moods of a Cat," suggested that much more was still to be heard from them. Well, they're back with more to hear …
There's a connection between jazz and Bach. As a virtuoso organist during the Baroque period, Bach was expected to develop bass lines and improvise, using the written music…
Gil Evans. Carla Bley. Toshiko Akiyoshi. Maria Schneider. Composers and arrangers all, each with an orchestra to compose for. Ellington, the nonpareil, who held his orchest…
Duke was international. It's only fitting that one of the better small group recordings of his music would be made by players with roots in the Netherlands, Australia, Germ…
Pianist/composer John Harrison's career took a detour from jazz following his 1973 Berklee graduation. He toured the world with Herb Reed and the Platters and with Tavares …
Seems like Nancy Wlison has been with us forever! Well it's been almost 50 years, a period that took her from a church choir in Ohio through a long and successful jazz and …
Melissa Walker made her mark earlier with "May I Feel" and "Moment Of Truth." She combines the richest of voices with intuitive jazz sense and, rather than rest, just keeps…
Nat King Cole is incomparable. His feathery swinging touch and clean articulation has influenced such diverse pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. His so…
This CD is special. On first hearing it the word that came to mind was "emotion". I can understand why a reviewer in 1997 was so moved that he couldn't write a review but s…
Swing is back. You'll find it on TV commercials. Swing dancers abound, although with more emphasis on aerobics than on jive. For some, however, swing never went away. This …