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A prolific composer, Roberts has released twelve recordings as a leader of his own groups, and all have enjoyed critical acclaim and much success. He was the first to have his first three recordings reach number One on Billboard's traditional jazz chart.Roberts is a very dedicated artist still in his mid-thirties, he has attained a level of achievement most artist aspire in a lifetime.JAZZREVIEW.COM: Marcus, Would you share with me the project you are currently involve …
Frode Gjerstad hails from Norway and has created a body of work that is solidly free improvised music but which also shows influences from such different genres as rock, rap, and classical. Ultima, his most recent release on Cadence Jazz Records, features Gjerstad in the company of bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. He has also recently completed a tour of the United States and Canada where he played with Parker and Drake. JAZZREVIEW.COM: How did you get started with …
It is a shame that Vancouver, BC singer Kate Hammett-Vaughan has been performing for 30 years, starting as a child in church choirs in her native Nova Scotia, and this is her first CD as leader of her own group. But the deprivation will be more easily borne now that she has released "How My Heart Sings", a collection of standards on the Canadian label Maximum Jazz which includes slightly lesser-known, and certainly not over-recorded, tunes by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk.< …
The "Supergroup" is a marketing cliché in the pop music world that was invented to sell product. From Asia to the Three Tenors, there's been a long lineage of critical cringers designed to cash in on the name branding of its parts. In jazz and creative music, however, collaboration is the spirited norm and groups of improvisational superstars often find each other in democratic union; though the quality of the musicianship is often astounding, any preconceptions of a big pay off are laughable. < …
29.01.2011

Just Think of It

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JAZZREVIEW.COM: Denise Montana, Jeff Gordon, it is a pleasure to interview you! Your new eleven selection CD release JUST THINK OF IT is an exciting and wonderful creation! But first, before we get to that point, let's go back to the beginnings and share things with the readers and listeners leading up to this point! Let's start by asking, when and where were you born, and where did you grow up? DENISE MONTANA: Where was I born............ I was born on a stage with a micro …
Joseph Diamond is a new major jazz piano talent to emerge on the contemporary scene! His sound is fresh, innovative, colorful, and alive with techniques that reveal his unique piano personality! His first CD, "Not Your Typical New Yorker," see the new CD review of it on Jazzreview.com, is a highly successful and original group of songs composed by Joseph Diamond with a distinctive Latin Jazz sound. Joseph Diamond is a new name to join the ranks of the first class jazz pianists p …
JAZZREVIEW.COM: Brenda Carol, it is a pleasure to interview you! Let's start with some basics for the jazz listeners and jazz readers! What were the musical influences during your childhood and teenage years? Brenda Carol: Firstly, thank you for the opportunity. I am both honored and elated to be interviewed by you. Thanks for your continued support and encouragement of jazz. Growing up, I listened to CBC radio and watched far too much television. I especially loved musical …
John Sheridan is one of the most articulate, graceful and technically flawless jazz pianists creating music today, which is very evident in his many CDs now available. A gentle man with a keen sense of humor, he has a vast knowledge of jazz history which he incorporates into his rich and varied playing styles. To say he is one of the finest stride jazz pianists currently performing is an understatement, for he takes that technique to new levels of entertainment, and listening enjoyment. …
Born in London, England, British jazz singer Jenny Evans lights up the night and day with her beautiful vocals. A woman with many gifts and abilities, she lives in Munich, Germany since 1976. A fascinating personality with a voice to match, Jenny Evans is a treasure for jazz listeners throughout the world! JAZZREVIEW.COM: Jenny Evans, it is a pleasure to visit with you, and let me start this interview by saying I believe you have one of the nicest jazz voices around! What was your …
If we strip musicians' life stories to their bare essentials, there aren't that many basic narratives in the history of jazz. Most include elements of tragedy. "Brilliance recognized early, but life cut short." "Originality sacrificed for popularity." "Toiled in obscurity, appreciated only when gone." Patricia Barber's story, in contrast, is one from which artists of all kinds can take courage. Call it "Pursued unique vision until audience at last ready." She's spent two decades honing …
We were fortunate enough to have been present when Tito Puente performed at the "PAINT IT JAZZ 2000" FESTIVAL in the beautiful Caribbean country of Barbados. It was January 15, day four of the festival. The venue has shifted to Farley Hill Park for an afternoon "Concert on the Hill". The grand stage was erected in front of the ruins of an ancient great house, flanked by lawns and trees. Thousands of music lovers from tiny tots to grandmothers brought blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to sit on …
Conventional wisdom says that if you want to play jazz, New York City is where you have to be. Yet after a decade of NYC life, pianist, composer, producer and all around jazz renaissance man Darrell Grant made a strong move west ending up in Portland, Oregon. A teaching stint at Portland State University got him there, but the city's character is what's kept him. "It's idiosyncratic," says the 37-year old. "Somehow, the people in Portland have maintained a strong sense of individuality. …
Holland's Lils Mackintosh won this year's prestigious National Edison Jazz Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2000 for her latest CD "Black Girl," a tribute album to Huddie Ledbetter, better known as "Leadbelly." The Edison Jazz Awards can be compared to the American Grammy awards and Lils did an outstanding job with her modern interpretation of the songs of this legendary Louisiana blues singer. Album producer and tenor sax player, Hans Dulfer said in the liner notes, "Making this al …
Carol Sloane is not only a nifty lady, but also a fabulous singer who can be counted among the great jazz vocalists of her time. Her albums are all first-rate and there isn't a bad one in the bunch. I like that! How many artists produce album after album, with only a few of them counting as highly rated? Carol has 15 marvelous albums to her credit and has appeared on numerous other albums that are equally as wonderful. I recommend at least one of her albums as a "must-have" for your jazz collect …
Ken Watters is one of the finest young trumpet players to come along in a very long while, and in addition to performing, he is a composer of such intricate and entertaining songs such as "Sommerset Road," "Judy Rebecca," "Port-au-Prince," among others. His is a unique trumpet voice that utilizes the best of contemporary jazz motifs, shadings, and tone colors. He has a pure joy of expression in his horn which he openly shares with jazz listeners! Ken Watters is one of the best of the bes …
According to the All Music Guide, Brian Auger was raised in London, where he took up the keyboards as a child and began to hear jazz by way of the American Armed Forces Network and an older brother's record collection. By his teens, he was playing piano in clubs, and by 1962 he had formed the Brian Auger Trio with bass player Rick Laird and drummer Phil Knorra. In 1964, he won first place in the categories of "New Star" and "Jazz Piano" in a reader's poll in the Melody Maker music paper, but the …
Mark Whitfield is a New-York-based jazz musician and composer who has played guitar for 27 of his 30-something years. Though young, he's already considered a jazz veteran and has recorded eight albums. Drawing on a style that came from the Wes Montgomery/George Benson school of jazz guitar, Whitfield was discovered by Benson and launched his solo career on the Warner label ten years ago. He then recorded "True Blue" and others for Verve before his recent switch to Transparent Music. "Ra …
Like a novel, an album title usually characterizes a unifying theme or offers a flavor of the music. Sometimes they are obvious and straightforward. Sometimes they can reveal a pervasive mood (Miles Davis' Kind of Blue) or offer an affectionate requiem (Duke Ellington's And His Mother Called Him Bill). Occasionally, they can reveal the subterranean inspirations of a musician. Virginia Mayhew's first release was the widely praised Nini Green, released by Chiaroscuro in 1997. The title ref …
There's a cool wind in Nanaimo in Northern Vancouver that seems to blow a steady stream of talented women into the world of jazz. Ingrid Jensen is one of these extraordinary women. The gifted, critically acclaimed, hard bop trumpeter gained international recognition in 1995 with the release of her first CD on Enja entitled "Vernal Fields." This was the same year Ingrid won Canada's Juno Award for the Best Mainstream Album, Best Newcomer Award at the Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland and won the Carm …
Sometimes a new face just seems to come out of the blue. A talent that wasn't there one moment and just then was the next. For Debbie Deane...it was the usual 10+ year 'overnight' success that just appeared to be instantaneous. Judging from those she chose to accompany her on her maiden voyage, she did it right though. When she's not performing with her regular trio in Brooklyn or solo in NY or on the west coast, she writes (adding to the fifty odd originals she performs) and teaches mu …