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A tall glass of cool water, when the sun is shining bright, is always a welcome treat, much like the new "Sensual Journey" CD from the tall glass of cool named Will Downing. The vocalist, who has been wowing us for well over a decade, has just released album number nine, and did not forget the kitchen sink, or the star power of producers like Ronnie Foster, Lee Ritenour, Rex Rideout, Ronnie Garrett, and Kashif, among others. The sum of all the names of these superstar producers and musicians add …
29.01.2011

Introducing Ned Otter

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Ned Otter is a powerful, relatively young tenor saxophonist that heads his own record label, Two and Four Recording Company. The label has just released "So Little Time," which marks Ned’s album as a bandleader after years of playing behind such legends as George Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Red Rodney and Clark Terry. And it is quite an impressive band that he leads on this date: the rhythm section consists of Harold Mabern on piano, Billy Higgins on drums and Daniel Vitale on bass. Otter is joine …
29.01.2011

David Hazeltine

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A Milwaukee native, David Hazeltine has arrived not once, but twice, on the New York jazz scene. Each time, he has advanced his career by earning the respect of singers and musicians as a supreme accompanist. And with the release of a string of CD’s that he has led, Hazeltine has established himself as one of the more articulate and technically adept pianists. Ordinarily known for his straight-ahead acoustic piano work, Hazeltine is expanding his horizons by working now on a Hammond B-3 orga …
29.01.2011

Tom Schuman

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As the pianist/keyboardist for Spyro Gyra for 27 years, Tom Schuman is following his personal inspiration in producing his latest solo effort, "Into Your Heart," a revealing insight into the man and artist who with faith, talent, and the support of a loving family, has come to the realization that beautiful music is the expression of a happy soul. Schuman’s debut release on his own label is filled with persuasive, original compositions, ones that will move you to thought, love, happiness and …
The music called jazz has undergone many changes in its relatively brief, but surprisingly rich history. Yet all of it, from old New Orleans to new Free Jazz, belongs to one musical family. Some people forge special links with the past, recasting aspects of it in new and personal molds. Others reach forward for new modes of expression, new combinations of music and meanings. Julian Owens threw a lifeline on a string of music, showing others how to grasp it and navigate it beyond all obstacle …
29.01.2011

Jacintha

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Ten years ago, the number of female jazz vocalists that fans were familiar with were relegated to a few fading legends and at-the-time unproved talents still searching for their own individual style, such as Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson. Today, listeners can choose from a wide spectrum of singers, from Wilson and Reeves; to the popular stylings of Diana Krall and Jane Monheit; to the eclectic work of Patricia Barber, Jay Clayton, or Grazyna Aguszyk. Somewhere in the mix stands Jacintha …
29.01.2011

Danny Federici

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Known to many rock and rollers as "Phantom" of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, keyboardist Danny Federici feels that his new self-titled smooth jazz CD is a return to his roots. Federici is a classically trained musician who moved into rock and roll because it "was a great departure from classical lessons. This is what I really like to do and the kind of music I listen to." Before Springsteen, Federici played keyboards with Joan Armatrading, The BoDeans, Gary US Bonds and Graham Parker. W …
Piano player Satoko Fujii has defied conventions throughout her career as she has sought to find her own voice among the wide variety of musical influences she has received--and sought out. Having studied classical piano throughout her childhood, Fujii finally reached the point in her development where she found it most important to become introspective and discover, first, her true identity, and then the musical expression of her self. Once she developed confidence in her musical beliefs, she r …
29.01.2011

Harvie S.

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Bassist, Harvie S, formerly known as "Harvie Swartz," doesn’t need to begin convincing anyone of his multi-talented musicianship. As a leader, composer, and sideman for a stellar list of legendary Jazz artists over the years, Harvie is presently creating something new and exciting. "New Beginning" the second album of Harvie’s latest project, "Eye Contact," displays the versatility and harmonic complexity of his compositions influenced by Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms. But wait, just when you …
When an artist produces an incredibly superior album, it is not only the result of exceptional talent coming together in the performance thereof, but from a passion deep within that inspires remarkable results. Such is the case with David Klein’s latest CD, "My Marilyn," a stunning jazz tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Begin with the passion, combine the remarkable talents of David Klein-tenor sax, Mulgrew Miller-piano, Ira Coleman-bass, Marcello Pellitteri-drums and Miriam Klein-vocals, then exqu …
One thing that makes smooth jazz different from all other kinds of music is its diversity. Diversity in fans, performers and instruments makes smooth jazz stand out as a kind of music that embraces every aspect of life. Roberto Perera has been recording with the Paraguayan harp since the early 90's and has been a master at bringing the harp into smooth jazz. His latest release Sensual, continues to show the diverse influences that smooth jazz brings to the listener. Perera brings a Latin …
29.01.2011

Lyle Mays - Part Two

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JazzReview: Do you feel that most of that can be satisfied within the PMG: your ability to express yourself? Lyle Mays: Well, certainly a lot of can be satisfied within the PMG because there’s so much variety. Also I've had something to do with the structure and the notes that we're playing, so I feel like there's a part of me whenever we perform. Yeah, it satisfies quite a lot. There's the potential for reaching far more people playing with the PMG than if I would tour on my o …
29.01.2011

Lyle Mays - Part One

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What if you were to look beyond the obvious of what you normally do each day, and learned to see beyond? What if your mind and ears were always open, yet you stayed deeply focused and unwavering from your concentration on the moment? Lyle Mays pulled that which was not obvious and created the improvised compositions of his long awaited new album, "Solo - Improvisations for Expanded Piano." At the same time, Mays has accomplished what he has always done with the Pat Metheny Group: surprised u …
29.01.2011

Bob Berg

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The probability that you've heard Bob Berg's distinctive, soulful, intelligent soloing is very high if you've heard the more contemporary work of Miles, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, Jaco, and now a new version of the super group, Steps Ahead, with Mike Maineri, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, Elaine Elias. A new release is due later this spring. The chances that you might also see Berg with a surfcasting rod on the far eastern shores of Long …
The Co-Author The Pat Metheny Group, which is actually touring after having taken a break for four years, is not only one of the longest existing but also one of the most successful existing jazz groups ever. It is distinguished by not having lost its identity as a result of popularity. Some have concluded that the group's success points at an inferior concept, a low profile music, but whenever these critics are asked just to count the beat of a randomly chosen piece of the group's repe …
29.01.2011

Walter Bell

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Recently when typing away on my computer, I slipped in flutist Walter Bell and the LJU’s (Latin Jazz Unit) "In Three Places at Once," CD and heard something wonderful. Yes, "Something Wonderful," the Rodgers and Hammerstein composition whimsically and beautifully sung by Ruth Naomi Floyd. More to the point, the something wonderful I heard was a mesmerizing and spontaneous expression of some very standard standards. Bell injects his trademark Latin Sounds on this CD with "So What," "Killer Joe," …
In her first two releases on the Heads Up label, Philadelphia-raised saxophonist Pamela Williams shows streaks of greatness with her soulful, sensual and touching work. Mentored by the late Grover Washington, Jr., Williams’ 1996 Saxtress, and 1998 Eight Days of Ecstasy, displayed her many varied moods, but Williams' new release Evolution, shows a saxophonist that is ready to blossom. Working with new talent, many record labels control all aspects of a performer's present …
Pianist and composer, Michel Camilo, is a prominent figure in the Latin jazz scene. With a rich knowledge of both classical and jazz, Michel has the fire and excitement of Tito Puente and the sophistication of Bill Evans. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Michel showed an early interest in music, composing his first song at the age of five. It is no wonder that Michel became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra at age 16. His musical studies were not limited to the 13 years h …
The Pat Metheny Group has spanned 25 years as the most celebrated and unparalleled project of its kind. Formed by Pat Metheny in 1977, the group's travels span over a dozen groundbreaking recordings, tours in over 40 countries, too many Grammy awards to list, and most of all, their place as one of the most revolutionary contemporary music ensembles ever. Extending beyond the boundaries of jazz and virtuosity, PMG has continuously sought to create new musical territory through experimentation, ca …
I have always thought that Randy Crawford was the most undiscovered smooth jazz vocalist in the U.S. Most smooth jazz radio stations do not play her releases and I can't understand why they don't. She has always been the most consistent vocalist in the genre today, yet has a stronger following outside the United States. She has already recorded some classic smooth jazz tracks like the cover of Bob Dylan's, "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door," with David Sanborn, "Street Life," with Joe Sample and the Cr …