Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Ty Cobb felt that Joe Jackson had the most natural swing he had ever seen. My candidate for winner in that category is Zoot and he proves it again on this CD. During the fi…
Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos has been the home of a small gem of a neighborhood jazz festival since 1978. It helps that the area is a magnet for musicians and the neig…
This talented group is Scottish. The bass player hails from Sao Paulo. The drummer has taught music in the Czech Republic. The saxophonist played township jazz in Cape Town…
Over a 30-year career, composer/pianist Kirk Nurock has shown a flair for the unexpected. At 16, he was selected by Duke Ellington for a scholarship to the Eastman School o…
Nat King Cole is incomparable. His feathery swinging touch and clean articulation has influenced such diverse pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. His so…
My earlier review of the Summit Jazz Orchestra's debut CD, "Moods of a Cat," suggested that much more was still to be heard from them. Well, they're back with more to hear …
There's a connection between jazz and Bach. As a virtuoso organist during the Baroque period, Bach was expected to develop bass lines and improvise, using the written music…
Gil Evans. Carla Bley. Toshiko Akiyoshi. Maria Schneider. Composers and arrangers all, each with an orchestra to compose for. Ellington, the nonpareil, who held his orchest…
Duke was international. It's only fitting that one of the better small group recordings of his music would be made by players with roots in the Netherlands, Australia, Germ…
Pianist/composer John Harrison's career took a detour from jazz following his 1973 Berklee graduation. He toured the world with Herb Reed and the Platters and with Tavares …