Category Archives: Album Reviews

JULIE KELLY – HAPPY TO BE

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Julie Kelly s new release, Happy to Be, offers up a feast of storytelling that draws from classic vocal jazz, bebop roots, and fresh originals. Whether singing her own lyrics to the rollicking Blues According to Orpheus or chiming though

OMER AVITAL – NEW SONG

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Bassist and composer Omer Avital, one of the most celebrated and revered musicians on the global jazz scene, delivers the creative tour-de-force, New Song, to be released on Motema Music on November 4, 2014. New Song signifies a giant leap

Gregg Karukas – Soul Secrets

Gregg-Karukas–Soul Secrets

Great news from Gregg Karukas: “I’m here in Nightowl Studios putting the finishing touches on my 1st new CD in 5 years called Soul Secrets and want to share the exciting news. I’ve always thought it would be cool to

Marsbeat Studios Supports Music Education With New Hand-Illustrated Collectible Card Series Bringing Jazz Appreciation to the Public and Celebrating America’s Cultural Roots

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VOLUME 1 JAZZ portrays 35 outstanding musical legends that have shaped and continue to inspire America’s rich jazz tradition: from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday to Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. Designed to inspire jazz listening and learning,

Cyrille Aimée – It’s a Good Day

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Cyrille Aimée is an artist of many facets. Infused by a novel blend of multicultural influences, a vision for a unique sound and with a voice that is sublime, It’s a Good Day makes for a great day for a wide array of music

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch

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Release Date: 19 Aug 2014 Label: CONCORD RECORDS Genre: JAZZ   1. What A Wonderful World 4:10 2. Mack The Knife 6:13 3. Tight Like This 4:51 4. I’ve Got The World On A String 4:04 5. Gut Bucket Blues

THE JAZZ CRUSADERS – LOOKIN’ AHEAD

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The Jazz Crusaders second album for Pacific Jazz, Lookin Ahead features the core four members of the group (Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper), with bassist Jimmy Bond rounding out the sound. Lookin Ahead showcases what was

PETER BERNSTEIN – SOLO GUITAR LIVE AT SMALLS

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This is the first solo album from Peter Bernstein, hailed by Downbeat as one of the 15 Best Jazz Guitarists in the World. Recorded over two nights in October, 2012, the album highlights Bernstein’s arrangements of Porter, Monk, Coltrane, Vernon

Matt Marshak — Lifestyle

Matt-Marshak—Lifestyle

Along with some smart tunes, it must be noted here that guitarist Matt Marshak is one of those upfront and open musicians who has no problem letting one inside his world and behind the scenes of his music-making. In addition

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen Presents Dark Nights, the Much-Anticipated Third Album from his Electrifying Trio Triveni with Bassist Omer Avital & Drummer Nasheet Waits

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Trumpeter Avishai Cohen presents Dark Nights – the third album from his electrifying trio Triveni with bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits – on October 28, 2014, via Anzic Records. Cohen, voted a Rising Star in the DownBeat Critics