Don Williamson

Don Williamson

Nothing causes jazz writers to bare their fangs as much as a pretty young singer does when a major label signs her to a high-profile contract. Little Red Riding Hood had no…
Dreyfus Records--committed not so much to putting a European stamp on jazz as reveling in the universality of the music--has been making available to the American public a …
It seems to be an immutable law of jazz that pianists become predictable after their initial splash. Maybe the problem instead is the restlessness of the listeners, in the …
The title of Renee Rosnes' most recent CD is certainly ambitious. Unlike Pearl Buck's novel, The Good Earth, which contained a double as well an ironic meaning, Rosn…
How can a CD of 13 tunes attempt to contain "the best of" Dianne Reeves' contributions to jazz singing--and to American song? Reeves touches her listeners on so many heartf…
Coming to America, the members of the Lemon Juice Quartet didn’t so much assimilate into the pre-existing jazz scene they found when they began studying at Berklee School o…
There are certain times in people’s lives when the stars are in perfect alignment, and one of those times for Kansas City musicians was the 1990’s, which marked a renaissan…
Chances are, you may not have heard of Steve Herberman. But you should. For Herberman, on his debut CD, shows a technical proficiency and feeling for the music that one wou…
It would be easy to caricaturize Erik Truffaz as another branch of the tree of Miles Davis. Truffaz’ involvement with silence as a component of sound, his experimentation w…
Sometimes the roundabout route is the most direct path to recording success. In Tony Vacca's case, he started out in New Jersey, where he played in the family's band. Then …