Category Archives: Album Reviews

MICHAEL COCHRANE – DISCOVERY

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Wonderfully warm work from the great Michael Cochrane – a pianist we always love, and who also seems to be playing a bit of Fender Rhodes on this album too! The instrument’s not credited on the back, but turns up

SOUL-JAZZ TRUMPETER JOEY SOMMERVILLE RELEASES “OVERNIGHT SENSATION” FEATURING EARL KLUGH, JEFF LORBER AND OTHERS

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Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter Joey Sommerville’s case, it’s more than two decades of writing, recording and touring to cultivate his

Branford Marsalis To Release “In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral” Available October 21

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Branford Marsalis continues to prove that there is no context too large or small to contain his gifts. A reigning master of the jazz quartet format, dedicated champion of the duo setting, in-demand soloist of classical ensembles both chamber and

Spencer Day – Daybreak

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Early Raves for “Daybreak”: “Album number five from jazzeteer, Spencer Day, sees him paying homage to the sixties, with an album split evenly between originals and covers. And it’s good.”the-rocker.co.uk “Day’s music is simply charming, from top to bottom. Where

Lo Marie – Beyond the Age of Reason

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Lo grew up playing music in Madison, WI. After high school, she moved down to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University, where she graduated in May 2011 with a double major in Music and Economics. Throughout college, Lo’s primary studies

GUITARISTS ERIC JOHNSON AND MIKE STERN JOIN FORCES ON NEW RELEASE – ECLECTIC

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Two bona fide guitar heroes in their respective fields – Eric Johnson in the rock realm and Mike Stern in the jazz world – go toe-to-toe on Eclectic, a scintillating musical showcase that brings together their disparate influences in one

BARRY MANILOW – MY DREAM DUETS

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For his Verve Music debut My Dream Duets, Manilow demonstrates that he is a fan celebrating his own musical heroes who have inspired him through the years. From cherished idols like Andy Williams, Sammy Davis Jr, Dusty Springfield, Mama Cass,

FREDDY COLE – SINGING THE BLUES

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In Singing the Blues, Freddy Cole pays tribute to the people, places and performing spaces that shaped his life and career. Revisiting some of brother Nat’s forays into the blues, Cole also offers a few surprises such as “The Ballad

EZRA WEISS SEXTET RELEASES NEW LIVE ALBUM BEFORE YOU KNOW IT [LIVE IN PORTLAND]

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With his new album, Ezra Weiss demonstrates why he was listed as a Rising Star Arranger in the 2012 and 2013 DownBeat Critics Polls, reaffirming his status as one of today’s preeminent young jazz pianists and composers.  With an all-star

SAXOPHONIST ALEX WEISS AND OUTHEAD RELEASE SECOND ALBUM – SEND THIS SOUND TO THE KING

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Send This Sound to the King is the second CD from saxophonist Alex Weiss and Outhead.  They are an arthouse quartet blending the free-minded jazz of Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp and Roland Kirk with the post-beat sounds of the Lounge