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If you had to choose one living musician who has pioneered the current state and techniques of his instrument, championed jazz education and performed with most of the current crop of established, contemporary jazz artists (Chick, Metheny, Jarrett, Herbie) plus has 'discovered' and been instrumental in bringing up new leaders in his own bands (Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Tommy Smith, etc), that would be Gary Burton. First heard on record at 17 on the now legendary Columbia recording with country sess …
John Scofield has been the "ever-changing weather front" of the jazz genre; moving like a forceful wind (and seamlessly) in and out of the intricate facets of jazz and funk, Scofield continues to redefine modern jazz and funk every step of the way while never losing the integrity of the moment. Dubbed everything from the "father of jazz-funk" to the "godfather of groove", Scofield's catalog reads like a magic carpet ride, containing everything from straight-ahead swing to all out jam ba …
Dena DeRose is a remarkable talent! She sings, she composes, and she plays a fine jazz piano! Her two CD collections, I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, and ANOTHER WORLD are showcases for her amazing jazz gifts! Dena DeRose is a unique performer who gives the audience a memorable performance every time! She is a new voice in the jazz vocals world, and one that will capture the attention of a large audience!JazzReview.com: Who is Dena DeRose? Dena DeRose: Dena DeRose is a drea …
29.01.2011

David Leonhart

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There are times when going to see a concert can offer some totally surprising faire. The David Leonhardt Quintet caught me quite unaware. Flat out, David Leonhardt is a really, terrific jazz pianist and with his quintet, David performed a delightful array of swinging standards, torchy love songs and romantic ballads. Songs from his most recent Gershwin tribute CD were included in his performance. Joining David onstage were Nancy Reed - vocals, Larry McKenna - sax, Andy McKee - double bass, and T …
29.01.2011

Sam Rivers

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At seventy-seven, saxophone legend and sixties free jazz explorer Sam Rivers still has the energy and force of Niagara Falls. Yet until the past two years he'd somehow escaped the usual celebratory nod the jazz community bestows on its elder statesmen. 1998 changed all that. With one two-day recording project that yielded a pair of superb discs - 1999's INSPIRATION and last year's CULMINATION - Rivers managed a wave of critical accolades that tsunamied into twin Grammy nominations. I ch …
29.01.2011

David Becker

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Fusion guitarist, David Becker, stays one step ahead with his new, Tribune, "Germerica" on Silverline Records, a DVD six-channel surround sound audio, slated for release August 2001. This exciting new technology produced and marketed by the 5.1 Entertainment Group and DVD International offers the ultimate sound and visual experience, so David's new Tribune collection will surely enrich the language of jazz. Enriching that language, David offers a diverse variety of sounds on this CD, ga …
29.01.2011

Steve Davis

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Steve Davis is one of a handful of young musicians who intimately understands the trajectory traced by the modern jazz trombone. By turns hard-edged, harmonically daring, and hauntingly tender, the 'conceptions' and stylings of this thirty-four year old Binghamton, New York native hark back nostalgically to the in-the-pocket be-bop excursions of the 1950s.In conversation about jazz and his chosen instrument, his rhapsodic musings and pithy musical wisdoms are punctuated by purpos …
29.01.2011

Joe Fuentes

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JazzReview.com: It has been a year and a half since we sat in Cafe de la Press in San Francisco and talked about your upcoming CD, "A Good Cup of Joe." I'm sure our readers would like to hear the inside story on how you were picked up by Instinct Jazz? Joe Fuentes: "There are a lot of updates because there has been many developments since we last spoke at Café de la Press... By the way, I happened to be there the other day and I was reminded of the great time I had on our …
29.01.2011

Jason Peri

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PLEASE PASS THE JAZZ and enjoy the jazz sounds of Jason Peri. A composer with talent and innovation, Jason Peri creates some wonderfully jazz inventive music. PLEASE PASS THE JAZZ showcases Peri at his finest, and reveals the creativity of the man. An interesting person, he had the following to say in a recent interview from California.JazzReview.com: Jason, you are one of the most innovative composers in today's contemporary jazz. Could you please share your background and early …
29.01.2011

Jean-Luc Ponty

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Jean-Luc Ponty has had a busy 3 decades. He's not only defined his role in music history, but has re-defined the role of the violin through the clever yet tasteful fusion of jazz, rock and world music covered in over 15 albums since 1975. This is in addition to some classic collaborations and stints with the likes of Elton John, Frank Zappa, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Al DiMeola (in the Rite Of Strings). Throughout it all, Ponty made major waves in every genre, all while keeping true to the ma …
29.01.2011

Sue Maskaleris

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Sue Maskaleris in her debut CD titled "Unbreakable Heart" brings to the listening audience a new and wonderful jazz vocalist. She writes all of her music and lyrics and is a powerhouse of new jazz talent. For those who like Brazilian and contemporary jazz, Sue Maskaleris is a most welcome entertainer! Sue Maskaleris is also a gifted composer at the start of a bright and promising recording career, and she is enjoyable to listen to. JazzReview.com:Sue, it is great to interview you …
29.01.2011

Kenny Barron

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Kenny Barron seems to have built his career incrementally--through hard work, recording a vast number of albums as a leader and sideman, by extensive touring, unending dedication to the creative potential of jazz piano, years of work as a jazz educator, and through decades of experience with some of jazz' leading legends. The result is Barron has deservedly attained recognition, especially within the past decade, as one of the most highly regarded jazz pianists of his generation. He is …
Keiko Matsui, first lady of contemporary jazz, offers a brand new "collection" of recordings, adding to her never-ending search for the perfect melody. Keiko Matsui's new release "Deep Blue," shows her artistic depth in full tandem with her re-acquaintance with acoustic piano. Although Keiko's recordings always feature keyboards and acoustic piano, her reflective collection boast a grand piano at the forefront of her compositions. The moody, emotional pieces that encompass "Deep Blue" h …
29.01.2011

Craig Schoedler

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Every jazz enthusiast likes reading interviews of well-known jazz musicians, but JazzReview loves turning our readers onto musicians and CDs deserving recognition. Therefore, let me introduce Craig Schoedler, electric bassist, who recently recorded a fine contemporary jazz CD entitled "By the Water," featuring Mike Stern on guitar, Vince Collela-guitar/acoustic guitar, Ralph Bowen-tenor sax/flute, Steve Jordan-drums, and Tom Petroski-keyboards. From the very first song to the end of thi …
29.01.2011

Dennis Rollins

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Since 1991, British trombonist, Dennis "Badbone" Rollins, has made a jazz noise in saxophonist Courtney Pine's challenging band. And, he's done the super bad soul thing with funk fusionaires like Brand New Heavies, US3 and Jamiroquai. Now he's exploring his own groove, gathering together a band of jazz-funk pranksters called Badbone & Co. They've just released an eponymously titled debut disc that's doing surprising things on the British charts: hitting No. 3 on the JazzWise poll and No 4 on Air …
29.01.2011

Sandip Burman

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It's impossible to not be affected by Sandip Burman's energy. Much like his drumming, the Calcutta, India native speaks at a brisk pace, punctuated by hearty laughter. He began formal study of the tabla drums at the age of six with Pandit Shyamal Bose of Calcutta, one of India's distinguished tabla maestros. While still not well known in America, he has come a long way from his impoverished boyhood in Durgapur, playing tabla alongside some of India's most prominent classical musicians (including …
29.01.2011

Michael Brecker

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After what seems like a long history of supporting musicianship, Michael Brecker can do no wrong in turning out another superb CD "Nearness of You: The Ballad Book, released June 19, 2000 on the Verve label. Accolades keep pouring in, but this doesn't stop the talented Mr. Brecker from gearing up for a dream team national tour beginning September 19, 2001 with Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, John Pattitucci and Brian Blade. The six-week tour begins in San Cruz, California and will tribute Miles an …
29.01.2011

Mary Stallings

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The audience applauds. The band jumps into a song, and then Mary Stallings effortlessly joins in. "I love the east, I love the west," she sings in a voice that's as warm and true as a convertible ride through the heart of spring. "I love the north and south, they're the best, only go there as a guest, cause I love being here with you." More than just the opening of Stallings' latest CD "Live at the Village Vanguard," it's a fitting declaration from a critically acclaimed singer, who's b …
29.01.2011

Vanessa Rubin

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Dubbed one of the "Diva Nouvelles" by Essence magazine, Vanessa Rubin is a jazz singer who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began her music career before moving to New York (after earning a degree in journalism). Over the past two decades she has sung with such jazz legends as Barry Harris, Frank Foster, and Lionel Hampton, to name just a few. Vanessa caught JazzReview's attention with the release of her latest album "Girl Talk." Here she joins us for a woman-to-woman int …
29.01.2011

Paula West

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Ask a music fan in San Francisco where to go and you’ll be spending the night at the elegant Plush Room, where rising star Paula West regularly performs. With the recent release of her third CD, West is poised to capture a nationwide audience of jazz fans. The new CD, "Come What May," is earning strong reviews, and she’s about to take her lush voice and exquisite song list to New York’s Algonquin Hotel for a five-week run, beginning Oct. 30. During her stay, she’ll be backed by some of …