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Entries from April 2012

Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue

In welcome fits of serendipity, the manuscripts of previously unknown European classical compositions are found in attics, old churches or forgotten libraries and brought to light with no little fanfare. In the United States, there is an equivalent situation with hitherto previously unissued jazz recordings being revealed in the most unlikely places. In a recent example, producer m: Michael Cuscuna got wind of some unissued music by guitarist m: Wes Montgomery (1923-1968) being offered on eBay

Date: Apr 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Mark Soskin: Nino Rota

Mark Soskin is probably best known for his work with saxophone legend m: Sonny Rollins . As Rollins’ pianist from 1978 to 1991, he contributed to a string of several marvelous CD releases on the Milestone label. These included Dancing in the Dark (1987), which opened with a masterfully straightforward cover of the pop song, “Just Once,” that featured Soskin’s sparkling electric keyboards…

Date: Apr 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Albert Beger / Gerry Hemingway: Therea€(TM)s Nothing Better To Do

This live album documents the first musical meeting between Israeli sax hero Albert Beger and master drummer m: Gerry Hemingway . The two met in November, 2011 in Tel Aviv’s Levontin 7 club. They did not exchange any notes before their gig, or even sketch a loose road map for the improvisations to follow.

Date: Apr 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Joe McPhee / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Brooklyn DNA

Veteran multi-reedman, trumpeter and consummate improviser Joe McPhee–along with Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt HA ker Flaten –serenades Brooklyn, NY, with allusions to tenor sax titan Sonny Rollins’ historic practice sessions under the Brooklyn Bridge and other inferences from the days of yore, on Brooklyn DNA. In recent years, the borough has enjoyed a bit of momentum with its chic restaurants and music venues, while serving as the residential area of choice for many artists. This duo’s intimacy and like-minded communion of musical spirits offer an upbeat and rather complex chain of musical events articulated with lyrically rich song forms and journeys into the freer realm…

Date: Apr 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Bria Skonberg: So is the Day

It’s a rare talent that can straddle–and dare request membership in–the trumpet artist continuum emanating from m: Louis Armstrong and progressing down through his “Neo Orleans” progeny: m: Byron Stripling , m: Wynton Marsalis and m: Nicholas Payton (whose big band trumpet section Skonberg graces). However, with her bravura performance on So is the Day, m: Bria Skonberg confirms that she is not only indeed a triple threat musician–player, vocalist and composer–but also that that esteemed lineage, consummate entertainers all, would heartily approve her membership…

Date: Apr 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Santana The Early San Francisco Years-Anthology ’68-’69

Carlos Santana is a name synonymous with rock, Latin and blues music. He is a hero to millions of Latinos and inspiring guitar players worldwide. Santana’s influence ranges far and wide and the music he has produced since the 60s continues to gain a seemingly endless fan base

Date: Apr 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz News

Chad Wackerman – Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations – CD-2012 Independent

Glenn Astarita As a young man, drummer Chad Wackerman was hired by Frank Zappa, which is no minor achievement. With his notoriously difficult charts, Zappa commanded the best from his musicians while running a tight ship along the way.

Date: Apr 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz News