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posted a Quick Tip about Etta James. January 20, 2012
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Etta James died today of leukemia in a California hospital surrounded by loved ones. I will be getting more information and writing a more detailed review of the woman whose voice is so beautifully haunting …
reviewed Lee Wiley. August 21, 2011
Lee Wiley
Her voice could be as cool and languid as a mint julep on a warm afternoon. Her voice could be as warm and amused as a confident lover. She could sing sad or happy, sometimes with a smile, often with …
reviewed Steve Tyrell: A New Standard. July 11, 2011
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Steve Tyrell: A New Standard
Such is the observation of the legendary American pianist, composer and music producer Burt Bacharach upon sampling Steve Tyrell's 1999 debut album "A New Standard".   I completely …
posted a Quick Tip about Dave Brubeck. December 01, 2010
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Dave Brubeck
This icon of jazz turns 90 on December 6th. The man actually played at the Newport Jazz festival this past summer where he has been performing since the 1950's. Happy Birthday Dave!
posted a Quick Tip about Jill Scott. November 28, 2010
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Jill Scott
There is nothing better than listening to Jill Scott when it's raining or actually with any kind of weather. She is absolutely amazing. She started as a poet, became a singer, and then, an actress. Each …
reviewed Sacred Love. November 09, 2010
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Sacred Love
Sacred Love Shambhu 2010 / Shambhu Ltd. 57.5 minutes   "Sacred Love" is a fascinating and inspiring collection of twelve pieces composed and performed by guitar virtuoso Shambhu and …
posted a Quick Tip about Al Jarreau. October 14, 2010
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Al Jarreau
Although I am not much of a jazz buff myself I really enjoy Al Jarreau. Love tunes like "After All", "We're In This Love Together" and most especially his terrific rendition of …
posted a Quick Tip about Diana Krall. October 14, 2010
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Diana Krall
Beautiful woman, but her music is, well, boring. Her voice is far too monotone for my liking; not enough range.
reviewed The World of Nat King Cole. October 11, 2010
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The World of Nat King Cole
Over the years I have owned any number of Nat King Cole collections.  Although I never failed to enjoy the music I found each of those vinyl LP's or compact discs to be flawed in some way.  Collectors …
reviewed Four Freshmen: Capitol Collectors Series. September 20, 2010
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Four Freshmen Capitol Collectors Series
"In the world of jazz, The Four Freshmen hold many distinctions.  They were the first successful recording vocal jazz group to play their own instruments; they were the first four-part groupto …
reviewed Marker & Parker. September 20, 2010
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Marker & Parker
Let’s get that disclaimer out here right at the top: I don’t listen to too many spoken word CDs. Marc Zegans’ Marker & Parker is only the fifth such CD that I’ve been sent …
posted a Quick Tip about Jamiroquai. September 14, 2010
jamiroquai
It's been so many years but Jamiroquai is still cranking out the hits. I'm really digging this new track, White Knuckle Ride:     
reviewed The Very Best of the Manhattan Transfer. September 05, 2010
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The Very Best of The Manhatten Transfer
They have been around for nearly four decades now.  This group has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most versatile acts in show business.  The Manhattan Transfer made …
reviewed Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Ste.... August 19, 2010
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Joyce Cobb with The Michael Jefry Stevens Trio
JOYCE COBB with the MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS TRIO is one of the more satisfying collections of songs in a style that many of us thought was gone with Fitzgerald and Holiday - heart on the sleeve renditions …
posted a Quick Tip about Tony Bennett. August 15, 2010
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Tony Bennett
Another great crooner behind Sinatra. I think he has worn well with age.
posted a Quick Tip about Chick Corea. August 15, 2010
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Chick Corea
Chick was big when I was in college in the late 70's. I was an avid listener then, not so much now.
posted a Quick Tip about Newport Jazz Festival. August 07, 2010
Newport Jazz Festival
This years festival is being held this weekend and features performances by Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. The show is still being produced by the man who started it all back in 1954 George Wein …
reviewed New Tristano. May 18, 2010
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New Tristano
What do they have in common, Gould and Tristano? Both pianists, to start with, of course. Both eccentric semi-hermits, both 'withdrawing' from any regular exposure to their concert public, both intensely …
reviewed Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Col.... May 17, 2010
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at
... but honestly, except for stunning moments, this is not my favorite recording of either pianist Thelonius Monk or saxophonist John Coltrane, who collaborated for a brief six months. First of all, the …
reviewed Malcolm McLaren. May 12, 2010
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Malcolm McLaren
The world lost a very unique individual on April 8, 2010.  Malcolm McLaren, the self promoting music manager/ performer/ designer lost his fight with cancer but has left a legacy in both fashion …
reviewed Intuition. May 11, 2010
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Intuition
The easiest answer - yes to all three - is probably also the most correct. The tracks from the 1949 sessions with Lennie Tristano are mainline be-bop for sure, but Tristano nudges himself and tenor saxophonist …
reviewed Junior's Blues. April 30, 2010
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Junior's Blues
Junior Mance was probably perceived as a 'veteran' even when he was the new kid back-up pianist for Lester Young in the 1940s. The deep 'blues' roots of his piano stylings were never soiled. He has never …
posted a Quick Tip about TED talk with Eric Lewis (ELEW) playi.... April 07, 2010
i'm no music expert, but even i can appreciate his uniqueness. i wonder if he could even play the song twice?
posted a Quick Tip about Dynamite. March 05, 2010
Dynamite
A decent album, just not up to my expectations for what it could have been. Lacked soul.
reviewed Chattanooga Choo Choo: The Life and T.... February 03, 2010
Chattanooga Choo Choo
His success did not come overnight.  There were major setbacks along the way and at times Glenn Miller wondered if he would ever find "his sound".  But in the spring of 1939 it …
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