Debbie Burke

Jazz Author

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Feeling It on a Fine Day with Nim Sadot

Bright and strong, the song “Obey the Fist” from the self-named new CD from Nim Quartet has amazing ensemble work, characterized by an uninhibited, funkalicious bass (front man Nim Sadot wields the axe); on-point trumpet; and perfectly together, assertive drums.... Continue Reading →

Swinging in the Cool Breeze with Vocalist Luiza Meiodavila

The ethereal song “Sabes” from singer Luiza Meiodavila’s recent CD “Florescer” is a harmony-infused flight that displays delicacy and quiet strength. She brings the song home with expert assistance from the piano. “Doce de Coco” sports a gypsy-jazz type of... Continue Reading →

Versatile Virtuosity from Tenor Saxist Alex Hitchcock

Alex Hitchcock has found amazing jazz musicians around the world to learn from and collaborate with. Every encounter adds more depth and dimension to his playing, and still young in his career, he’s got more layers than a double lasagna.... Continue Reading →

Bending Notes to Blue – Vocalist Shelly Rudolph

Shelly Rudolph is master of the well-placed sensual groan, around which she has built stories – worlds – of hopeful hearts and broken hearts. The song “Hidden Moonlight” talks about something intensely intimate (the sound of a lover’s name in... Continue Reading →

A Discussion of Percussion from the Drum Kit of Florian Arbenz

The Swiss ensemble VEIN starts “No Change is Strange” with a sneak attack from the drums, courtesy of Florian Arbenz. Fluidly segueing from small taps to crashes to using all his drums, round-robin, Florian’s prolonged intro is inventive, playful and... Continue Reading →

Supple Lips Tell No Lies – Staying in Shape for Trombone with Raphael Reiter

The trombone is not just a means of expression for Raphael Reiter; it’s a method of tapping into the depths of humankind’s moods. In “Lettre à PDC,” his lyricism is gentle and airy. With a light touch as well, he... Continue Reading →

If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Will the Drummer Hear It? Jazz Ponderings with Paulo Silva

When he sits down at the drum kit, Paulo Silva is ready to pour out his signature funky expressionism. Riffing off the vocalist in “Cancao do Mar” he delivers a raw beat and keeps the song throbbing forward. Covering Wayne... Continue Reading →

The Match is Lit – Linda Carone Sets off Fire Alarms

Bluesy guitar and twinkling piano accompany singer Linda Carone in her throaty send-up of “Big Bad Handsome Man.” She swings easily on “Sweet Lotus Blossom” and “Guilty” breathlessly relates a tale of hopeless love. Most remarkable about her style is... Continue Reading →

Skating Through a Fugue: The Creative World of Artem Panteleev

Informed by his early studies in classical music, Russian pianist Artem Panteleev only has to think of JS Bach to spark ideas. On stage, he has a blinding energy that feeds the coffers with jazz phrases and theme fragments that... Continue Reading →

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