Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Arranger, conductor and pianist David Matthews and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra last saluted a master musician with "Bach 2000." With "Hey Duke!"they turn their atttention …
Fats Waller was a swinging striding piano virtuoso and an engaging singer with a sly wit. On this CD the piano mastery is served up by Dick Hyman (also Mike Lang on three t…
There are children singing on this CD. Now if you have had enough of precocious tots belting out that "Annie" anthem, "Tomorrow," not to worry! The kids are hip. The music …
It's a treat to see Derek Smith play live! This creative and energetic pianist conveys his enthusiasm to the audience with personality and body language. This is particular…
There aren't many musicians with the technical, inventive and emotional resources needed to hold the listeners' attention through extended solos. One is the old master, Son…
I'm not usually a fan of compilations. They seem so easy to produce and the result is often a hodgepodge. On the other hand I won't take a long drive without my set of "The…
Greg Piccolo may hail from Rhode Island but he is definitely a Texas tenor. The word "homage" may suggest an atmosphere of quiet reverence but that's not what you will find…
WHY did Russ Freeman need a drummer? Such was my reaction to the hard-driving opener, "Getting Sentimental Over You." Like Dave McKenna, Freeman possesses a barreling left …
The borough of Delaware Water Gap, PA, (population: 744) is a special place. It's the location of the Deer Head Inn, a jazz mecca for about half a century. Since 1978 it ha…
It's not the same Birdland but not much else has changed. We've heard that soothing sound for fifty years or so. It's one of the most recognizable voicings in jazz - piano,…