Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bobby Broom - Plays For Monk

album review

Origin Records

Release date: June 16th 2009

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Bobby Broom, joined by Dennis Carroll (bass) and Kobi Watkins (drums), plays eight Thelonious Monk compositions in this guitar trio take on the great pianist's music.

Jazz musicians have never found it easy to capture the wonder and the eccentricity of Monk's music in any terms other than his own.

Chad McCullough - Dark Wood, Dark Water

album review

Origin Records

Release date: June 16th 2009

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Debut albums as leader don't come more accomplished or more highly recommendable than "Dark Wood, Dark Water".

Trumpeter Chad McCullough has assembled a three horn front-line backed by an accomplished rhythm trio that allows the full range of his writing and arrangement talents to emerge.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Stanley Clarke Trio - Jazz In The Garden

album review

Heads Up

Release date: May 12th 2009

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Stanley Clarke has always been one of the most gifted bassists of his generation. But he has not always endeared himself to mainstream jazz fans. The success with Chick Corea in 'Return To Forever' placed him at the forefront of the 'seventies wave of fusion but since then many in the jazz world have baulked

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Louis Hayes - The Time Keeper

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18th & Vine

Release date: June 9th 2009

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Louis Hayes, one of the best jazz drummers recording and performing today, has a pedigree that takes in his four years in the 'fifties with the Horace Silver Quintet (during which he appeared on the seminal Blue Note album "Blowin' The Blues Away") and collaborations with Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley and

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Leo Parker - Rollin' With Leo

album reviewBlue NoteRelease Date: October 12th 1961Re-release date (RVG Remaster): February 10th 2009Availabilty: CD, MP3 downloadWhile Blue Note re-releases of any quality seem to have stalled in recent months, "Rollin' With Leo" featuring baritone saxophonist Leo Parker - which slipped out in February this year - is well worth attention.Leo Parker took up baritone sax while playing in Billy

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Julian Lage - Sounding Point

album review


Release date: March 24th 2009

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Announced as a child protégé on guitar and cutting his teeth in Gary Burton's Next Generation, "Sounding Point" is Julian Lage's debut album as leader. His musical relationship with pianist Taylor Eigsti has been blossoming of late with acclaimed performances as a duo and with Julian Lage making a

Ralph Bowen - Dedicated

album review


Release date: June 2nd 2009

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Canadian tenor sax player Ralph Bowen is less well-known than his distinguished pedigree deserves. In 1985 he became part of the Blue Note group 'Out Of The Blue' that produced four (now deleted) albums and (in its various incarnations) also featured Renee Rosnes and Bill Drummond. Then he spent three years

Tony Bennett / Bill Evans - The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings

album review


Re-release date: April 14th 2009

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This re-released and remastered album brings together "The Tony Bennet / Bill Evans Album" from 1975 and the follow up album "Together Again" from 1976 and adds a wealth of material from alternate takes from the two sessions, all on a budget price 2-CD set.

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans had first met in

Friday, June 5, 2009

Kurt Elling - Dedicated To You

album review

Concord Jazz

Release date: June 23rd 2009

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"Dedicated To You" started out as a commission for the 2006 Chicago Jazz Festival to recreate the seminal 1963 Impulse! album "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman" in celebration of what would have been John Coltrane's 80th birthday. The concept was extended to include further material recorded by Johnny

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Vocal Jazz

Reviews of the latest releases and the all time great performances

Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project

Cassandra Wilson "Closer To You: The Pop Side "

Kurt Elling: "Dedicated To You"

Tony Bennett / Bill Evans: "The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings "

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