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Lizz Wright – Grace

September 22, 2017 / No Comments / Tags: Chris Bruce, David Piltch, Grace, Jay Bellarose, Joe Henry, Kenny Banks Sr., lizz wright, marvin sewell,

(Concord) Singer Lizz Wright is back with another sterling effort. Grace finds the Georgia-born singer teaming with producer Joe Henry to weave together an effort with a decidedly bluesy, gospel Southern flavor. The 10-song set is highlighted by compositions by Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Sister ...

Michael Pedicin – As It Should Be: Ballads 2

September 15, 2017 / No Comments / Tags: Frank Strauss, Johnnie Valentino, Justin Faulkner, Michael Pedicin, Mike Boone,

(Groundblue) Composer/saxophonist Michael Pedicin continues his consistent track record focusing on ballads, add this one to that collection. As It Should Be: Ballads 2 focuses almost entirely on the compositions of guitarists Johnnie Valentino, who also plays on and co-produced the recording. ...

We WILL Return!

May 26, 2017 / No Comments

The Jazz Page has been on a bit of a hiatus, but WILL return next week some overdue reviews and news! Thanks for your patience!

Troy Roberts – Tales & Tones

April 18, 2017 / No Comments / Tags: jeff "tain" watts, robert hurst, Silvano Monasterios,, Troy Roberts

(Inner Circle Music) Tales & Tones is the impressive latest recording from saxophonist Troy Roberts. Roberts is adroit in an array of musical moods here with an engaging tone that shines through on every tune, whether it’s a ballad or a swing feel. The mostly original compositions on ...

Jared Sims – Change of Address

April 14, 2017 / No Comments / Tags: Chris Lopes, Jared Seabrook, Jared Sims, Nina Ott, Steve Fell,

(Ropeadope) Change of Address is the fifth recording as a leader from baritone saxophonist Jared Sims. The production is an outstanding display of Sims’ versatility, on a recording that leans in the funk-organ groove direction. The saxophonist is the pulse of the recording, playing with ...

Sidney Jacobs – First Man

March 14, 2017 / No Comments / Tags: Cathy Segal-Garcia, Efa Etoroma, Francesco Canas, Greg Poree, Josh Johnson, Josh Nelson, Justin Thomas, Michael Jarvey, Nolan Shaheed, Sidney Jacobs,, Wendell Kelly, Zephyr Avalon

(Baby Chubs Records) Vocalist Sidney Jacobs brings a contemporary flair to an approach that has a connection to the great vocal improvisers of our time. First Man, his second recorded outing, is an eclectic showcase for his talents as a singer, composer and producer. There’s a compelling ...

Grammy Award-Winning Flutist Dave Valentin Dies At 64

March 11, 2017 / No Comments

Dave Valentin became one of the pre-eminent flutists in Latin jazz. He was known for his creative combination of fusion, pop and R&B. He won a Grammy in 2003 for best Latin jazz album for “The Gathering,” by the Caribbean Jazz Project. Vibraphonist Dave Samuels was also featured ...

A Rocky Road to Jazz

A Rocky Road to Jazz

March 10, 2017 / No Comments

Finding one’s calling in life is never easy, and for jazz saxophonist, pianist, flutist, and clarinet player Carol Sudhalter, that proved to be an exceptionally rocky path, despite growing up in a family of jazz musicians. “It’s a funny thing. I didn’t even think that I would be a jazz ...

WTJU celebrates 100 years of jazz recordings

March 9, 2017 / No Comments

When Rus Perry arrived at WTJU in 1972, he was really into rock ’n’ roll. But the more he hung out at the station, the more he expanded his musical horizons, playing the latest Bruce Springsteen or Elvis Costello cut next to Ornette Coleman or Blind Lemon Jefferson. “We learned from each ...

Virgina Schenck – Aminata Moseka: An Abbey Lincoln Tribute

March 7, 2017 / No Comments / Tags: Kebbi Williams, Kevin Bales, Marlon Patton, Rodney Jordan,, Virginia Schenck

(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 ...