Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor

Who’d have thought it? A Swedish big band raising the roof with blues-shouting numbers, coupling this with some excellent contemporary jazz arrangements, some suggesting a …
Bassist Terry Plumeri, in his new CD Blue in Green takes a unique approach. As the group’s leader, he has decided that all introductory melodies and his solos will…
Too many young singers today come on with an affected jazzy veneer without really getting inside a song. So it’s all the more refreshing to hear the no-nonsense, straight-s…
When he put out his new CD, The Ed Barrett Jazz Trio, guitarist Barrett’s stated purpose was for his group to swing "their way way through a canon of standard tunes in the …
Scott Whitfield is truly versatile. For one, he is a respected trombonist, arranger and sometime singer; for another, he maintains two big bands Scott Whitfield's Jazz Orch…
New Guitar Summit brings together three long-time guitar-playing buddies from different areas of music who decided they want to record a jazz album. The result: a pleasa…
With two CDs featuring standard tunes under its belt, the San Francisco group, Luna , has recently served up a selection of new compositions paradoxically called New Standa…
Lyrical, describing a musician’s style, is overused, but it certainly applies to Dutch pianist Erik van der Luijt’s in his new CD, "Express Yourself." With great help fr…
In her new CD, devoted to 12 songs she cherishes from old movies, vocalist Jane Monheit stands out in her renditions of ballads. Her sweet bell-like voice, riding on a cush…
In the notes to the CD, Think of One, by the Monk's Music Trio, drummer Chuck Bernstein writes about his visit to Japan in the rainy season and his time spent in the renown…