Don Williamson

Don Williamson

Maynard Ferguson was, in his own professional and hard-working way, one of those "threshold" jazz musicians who excited an interest in the art form and opened listeners’ ea…
Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but happiness appears to be pursued more vigorously than before.... and with less satisfying results. Will Smith’s movie character, the init…
Some jazz musicians may incorporate steel pans for effect or atmosphere, but few of them maintain the sound of steel pans as a consistent component of their music. Not A…
The catz of Big Bear Lake, California are not those of the untamed variety, though wild they may be at times. Rather, these catz, who happened to wear fedoraz, are trained …
Sometimes Jonathan Poretz sings like Frank Sinatra. Sometimes Jonathan Poretz acts like Frank Sinatra. Sometimes Jonathan Poretz is Frank Sintra. After years of purs…
Arranger Gary Urwin has recorded two albums with his Jazz Orchestra, which consists of well-known Southern California musicians, and now his third is being released on Summ…
Joe Lovano’s ever-active imagination is such that predicting the nature of his next album becomes a guessing game, thereby heightening expectations. Even so, Lovano’s tenor…
The first instrument heard on Azul Oscuro is Steve Hashimoto’s expressive bass introduction, as if it were a guitar and he were leading into a flamenco composition. …
Intuition is a varied, inventive and energetic album whose sound seems larger than that of a quartet and whose accessibility belies the complexity of some of the met…
Thankfully, Orrin Keepnews, co-founder of the legendary but unfortunately, relatively short-lived Riverside Records, is enjoying well-earned appreciation for his ground-bre…