Don Williamson

Don Williamson

One would think that The Best Of Wynton Marsalis marks the occasion of the famous trumpet player's fortieth birthday, as well as the twentieth year since the release…
Wendell Hobbs likes to quote his former teacher, Kenny Barron, in his publicity materials: "Wendell plays in the style of the old masters. He has a firm understanding of th…
Following up on Swing Low, her first album as a leader, Claire Daly's Movin' On involves more than merely creating a second addition to her now-doubled discog…
Koch Jazz' remarkable CD, Jazz Casual: Count Basie/Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan is an unexpected pleasure--a rarity among commercially released CD's in that it present…
Dreyfus Jazz continues to stretch the definition of jazz, as it includes some of Europe's extraordinary musicians interpreting jazz standards, even as they push the limits …
Once you've come up with a winning idea, it makes sense to stay with it. And that's what BeatleJazz--a.k.a. Dave Kikoski, Charles Fambrough and Brian Melvin--have done on i…
After paying her dues in the 1980's by working as a singer with Frank Foster's and Lionel Hampton's bands, all the while teaching school, Vanessa Rubin began to gain public…
Now on her second album, Jody Sandhaus is making clear that hers is a voice that wraps itself around a tune with just enough strength to obtain its essence and to earn the …
No doubt, Larry McKenna must be tired of the comparisons to Stan Getz, but when one listens to It Might As Well Be Spring, the similarities abound. And McKenna shoul…
Unfortunately a regional phenomenon--and "phenomenal" is an appropriate word to describe his talent--Jim Ridl continues to perform and record undisturbed by the fact that m…