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In the liner notes of this remastered 1960 album by Barney Kessel, Kessel talks about the musical process that his band went through while this live recording was in progre…
The title of this CD paraphrases what the late saxophonist Paul Desmond said he wanted to sound like. Idaho based Brent Jensen creates not so much a tribute album (which se…
Once upon a time, record companies released what might be termed "easy listening" albums, albums that would serve as music for post-toil relaxation or "mood enhancement." (…
You always remember the first time. Where you were,what you were wearing, who it was. My first time was with Eric Dolphy. On the day I first heard him play, music was trans…
John Alexander has penned all original tunes on this album. The arrangements are tight and the music ranges from the boppish "You Need Dis" to the richness of "Trina's Chee…
Prior to reviewing this CD- I knew nothing of Giovanni Tommaso, and I must say that within a couple of minutes into the first track I quickly became a big fan. The quintet …
Castles in the Air, is one of two CDs recently released by pianist and composer Claire Ritter.While the other, "River of Joy," is largely a solo affair, this CD is an en…
What would George Winston sound like if he took a stack of Monk recordings into the woodshed with him for a couple of years? Maybe Claire Ritter. Charlotte, NC-based Ritter…
Pianist/singer/composer Mose Allison deserves his own chapter in the Eternal Catalogue of Cool, what with his wise, laconic, wry lyrics, his oft-parodied laid-back vocal st…
Most compilation albums are like flotsam, disconnected pieces floating along without any musical continuity or theme, Most are shipwrecks. Arkadia's "The Stars of Jazz" …