Michael Laprarie

Michael Laprarie

"Biding Time" is guitarist Victor Saumarez’s debut recording. This is also his debut as recording engineer, producer, and graphic artist - truly a one-man eff…
Those who know what a big fan I am of traditional jazz will not be surprised by how much I enjoyed Ken Peplowski’s latest effort, ".... and Heaven Too!" which…
"The Mennonite" is one of two CD's released last year by southern California-based trumpeter Nate Birkey. While not well known nationally, Birkey and his Quin…
Mel Martin's new Bebop and Beyond CD, "Friends and Mentors", chronicles the relationships that he has had over the years with a number of jazz's finest talent…
The music of Steely Dan is not unfamiliar to most mainstream and contemporary jazz listeners. Albums like "Pretzel Logic" attracted jazz fans with its nods to Ellington ("E…
Detroit-area pianist Ellen Rowe is in fine form on "Syvan Way", her new CD for Bopo records. The music selection consists of a well-balanced mixture of jazz s…
"It’s Reigning Kats & Dogs & Bogen" is the latest offering from Israeli-born pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen. The album features ten solo piano performances and…
"Chasing Tales" is the third release by Maine-based guitarist Mark Kleinhaut. Kleinhaut’s regular trio consisting of bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Mark Mackso…
Trumpeter Raphe Malik has been a mainstay in the free and avant-garde jazz scenes for nearly thirty years now. Malik came to prominence in the 1970’s through work wi…
Regarding this album, composer/performer Ray Lema enthusiastically states, "My (life-long) dream is to play with traditional musicians without asking them to change. I am t…