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Debbie Burke

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Christian DeMesones Expands the Universe with “They Call Me Big New York”

“They Call Me Big New York” is the newest CD by Brooklyn-born guitarist Christian DeMesones (featured earlier here). If you want to know why he’s called that, it’s because of his big personality and heart, and an approach to music... Continue Reading →

The Grit, the Growl and the Low Down – Rich Willey’s Creative Burst

Bandleader, composer, arranger, trumpeter and a guy who found an important place for 34 strings in his latest oeuvre, Rich Willey has just completed a new CD that brims with depth, texture and amazing walls of jazz. “Down and Dirty”... Continue Reading →

Stretching into the Dappled Light: “Green Sapphire” with Artur Bayramgalin

A reedy mournfulness gives way to outstretched arms seeking to capture the light in a new CD “Green Sapphire” from Canadian guitarist Artur Bayramgalin. The title track (inspired by a dream about his father) journeys comfortably as a mood piece... Continue Reading →

Re-up on Shubh Saran: “Becoming”

"Becoming” is 2020’s answer to fresh sounds coming from Shubh Saran & Friends. The EP has five outstanding tracks that paint bold and sweet emotions with extremely creative chord modulations (the title track). “Storm” is a beautiful mass of entangled... Continue Reading →

Fingers Fly, Solos Soar – Teymur Phell Turns Up “Master Volume”

Excitement rolls in like a drum from the very opening of Teymur Phell’s first-ever release titled “Master Volume.” In this generously portioned album of all-original songs, Phell has assembled a sparkling group of artists who mesh their different flavors together... Continue Reading →

Play Honestly. Be Kind. It’s Jam of the Week from Farnell Newton!

Indie and newbie musicians alike can flex their chops and get honest critiquing from their peers on a Facebook page devoted to jazz artists working their craft. Called “Jam of the Week” or JOTW, it’s run by trumpet player Farnell... Continue Reading →

Depth, Clarity and a Funny Little Thing Called “Manouche” – Dario Napoli’s “Joie de Vivre”

What Django Reinhardt started let no man (or woman) put asunder. Gypsy jazz (sometimes called “Manouche” after Django’s ethnic roots) is a hotbed of intensity recalling the vibe in clubs from 1930’s Paris that has come into its own with... Continue Reading →

Deer Head Inn: Host to Jazz Greats Since Forever in Delaware Water Gap, PA

The iconic image of your approach from Interstate 80 coming from New York City and going west is of the negative space between two massive mountains that form a backdrop behind the Delaware River. Delaware Water Gap – the first... Continue Reading →

Throw a Look Behind Your Shoulder – Channeling Mancini et al. with Gabe Pope

Combine the smoothness of a dry martini with a slightly musky cologne and a starched collar: riffing off the vibe of Mancini and others makes Gabe Pope’s new album “Cool Composure” some welcomed time travel. He’s created music that feels... Continue Reading →

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