Mark E. Gallo

Mark E. Gallo

This brilliant collection from reeds player Tom Bergeron and his quartet of Keller Coker (trombone), Page Hundemer (bass) and Dave Storrs (drums) is marked by Bergeron's in…
Lenny Breau has been considered one of the shining lights of jazz guitar since he exploded onto the scene in the 1970s. Unfortunately, drug problems dimmed that light forev…
Trumpeter Paul Smoker’s Brass Reality was released in 2000. It sometimes takes some catching up to realize the importance of a disc. The concept here is to combine t…
Nancy Wilson calls him the reason she sings. Listen closely and you'll hear Scott in Wilson's voice and delivery. For the uninitiated, a close listen to Scott also convince…
Regina Carter's approach to the violin is both succinct and authoritative. That is to say, she doesn't come to the show to mess around. The former leader of Straight Ahead …
Pianist Tim Lyddon is a major voice on jazz piano and I've Traveled So Far is simply one of the most delightful piano trio sets of the past few years. The New York-…
Tenor and soprano saxophonist Doug Talley and his able quartet of pianist Wayne Hawkins, bassist Tim Brewer and drummer/vibist Keith Kavanaugh are doubtlessly a popular att…
Some of the most exciting music being recorded around the world is on independent labels, often only available through websites. These are a few that have caught my ear lately.


Johnny A: Sometime Tuesday Morning; Favored Nations (PO Box 550. Salem, MA 01970. 562-989-8707) ***

Johnny A is a Boston-based guitarist who defies easy categorizations. He reminds at times of Danny Gatton, simply for the fluidity of his playing and the seeming effortlessness of crossing stylistic …
Delmark Records was founded in 1953 and claims to be the oldest independent record label in the country. Owner Bob Koester also owns and operates what he claims to be the biggest jazz and blues record store in the country, The Jazz Record Mart, also in Chicago. Mr. Koester’s claims are, of course, quiet probably true. The jazz catalog includes everything from straight-ahead to traditional to avant-garde. The AACM (Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richards Abrams, et. al.) m …
Berkley, California-based Fantasy records has been in the music business for more than half a century. Formed in 1949, the first artist they recorded was pianist Dave Brubeck. In short order they had Chet Baker and Cal Tjader on board. That they’ve developed one of the most impressive jazz rosters in the business is an understatement. The label is umbrella to Prestige, Riverside, Milestone, Contemporary and Pablo, as well as R&B and blues labels Stax, Takoma, Kicking Mule and Specialty. They are …