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Virgina Schenck – Aminata Moseka: An Abbey Lincoln Tribute

(Airborne Ecstasy) Singer Virginia Schenck’s latest is a wonderful homage to the great Abbey Lincoln.  Aminata Moseka: An Abbey Lincoln Tribute avoids the attempt at evoking the spirit of Abbey’s approach, but instead presents her compositions from a different perspective with a new voice. Clever arrangements and Schenck’s own way into a song lend themselves… Continue Reading

The Greg Hatza Organization – Diggin Up My Roots

(Record Label) Organist Greg Hatza’s latest is a fantastic tribute to the music he grew up hearing as a child in Reading, PA. Diggin Up My Roots is Hatza’s take on some classic r&b and blues he heard on a jukebox in the restaurant owned by his father. The band does the classics by the… Continue Reading

Miroslav Vitous – Ziljabu Nights: Live at Theater Gütersloh

(Deutsche Media Productions) Bassist-composer Miroslav Vitous’s latest is a journey through structured music that sounds incredibly improvised. Ziljabu Nights: Live at Theater Gütersloh features Vitous and his band painting large musical murals before a live audience in Gütersloh, Germany. The other players on the productions are tenor saxophonist Gary Campbell, tenor and soprano saxophonist Robert… Continue Reading

Ron Boustead – Unlikely Valentine

(Art Rock Music) Singer Ron Boustead offers his entertaining take on love stories of songs with this effort. Unlikely Valentine is a nice mix of original tunes and clever twists on some less-traveled standards. Boustead brings a humorous flavor to a number of the tunes on the mostly upbeat production. The ballads are equally nice,… Continue Reading

The Baylor Project – The Journey

(Be A Light) The Journey is exquisite debut of The Baylor Project. The husband-wife duo of drummer Marcus Baylor and vocalist Jean Baylor brings a wealth of experience from work with an array of artists, which serves this production incredibly well. The vocal delivery of Jean Baylor is impeccable. The arrangements are the tunes here,… Continue Reading

Mike Casey – The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door

(Mike Casey) With The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door, saxophonist Mike Casey makes an impressive debut. The recording puts you right in the room for a set that is brimming with the creative intensity that is enhanced by the presence of a live audience. There’s a gritty and raw improvisational feel in… Continue Reading

Beat Funktion – Green Man

(DO Music Records) The band Beat Funktion has returned with another foray into jazz and funk. Green Man is a nice continuation of their unique jazz-funk fusion, this time with an array of special vocal guests, as well as great musicianship. The sound is decidedly contemporary with a solid menu of all original jams. The… Continue Reading

Bill Anschell – Rumbler

(Origin Records) Pianist Bill Anschell returns to the studio scene with a truly outstanding recording. Rumbler is a brilliant showcase of musician virtuosity and solid compositional acumen. Anschell wrote most of the songs on the effort, with nice re-workings of tunes by Thelonious Monk, John Lennon and Paul McCartney and Duke Ellington. The music and… Continue Reading

Carol Bach-y-rita – Minha Casa/ My House

(Record Label) Carol Bach-y-rita is incredibly versatile and engaging singer. On Minha Casa/My House , the singer moves easily between various styles from Brazillian to pop standard with great ease. There’s a clarity and honesty to her delivery combine with lovely tone that’s compelling. The set is comprised of tunes by Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie,… Continue Reading

Andrea Claburn – Nightshade

(Lot 49 Labs) Andrea Claburn has a warm and ear-pleasing voice and style of delivery. Her outstanding recording debut Nightshade is a wonderfully versatile showcase for her dynamic vocal talents. Comprised of a nice blend of standards and enjoyable self-penned originals, the production is top notch. The set includes compositions by Ben Carter, Hoagy Carmichael,… Continue Reading