Debbie Burke

Jazz Author


May 2018

Josh Levinson Septet Swings with a Punchy Groove

From the jump, “Morning Joy” swings hard and bright, the title track of a new CD from the Josh Levinson Septet. No crowded studio or stage here; seven instrumentalists but they blend like a summer drink, with lots of space... Continue Reading →

Swaying into the Free Breeze with the Scolari/Cavalca/Scolari Trio

A wide and mood-transporting trumpet lays over the warm, deep beats of “Natural Impulse,” the outstandingly chill title track from the new CD by the Scolari/Cavalca/Scolari trio. Injected as it is with the silvery threads of electronica, this is a... Continue Reading →

Worlds Collide In the Most Beautiful Way: TORCH occupies jazz, classical and tango

Is it glinting? Is it green? “The Surface of an Emerald” is certainly lit from within and expressed through the luminous and sensitive clarinet with just a hint of a jazz pulse from vibes. This is one of the jazzical... Continue Reading →

Jazz Guitarists: Top 5 of All Time

Guest post by Marc-Andre Seguin Jazz guitar is an odd topic. Trust me, I know: I started one of the most popular jazz guitar websites ( back in 2009. The instrument itself is a “tool of the gods” when it... Continue Reading →

Soaking Up Pan-Cultural Influences with Nana Simopoulos

Finding and recombining is what instrumentalist Nana Simopoulos does best on her new CD “Skins.” A prominent, insistent beat on the track “Merely to Know” occupies the same space as a guitar, sax and ethereal vocals. Each instrument has its... Continue Reading →

Envision a Circus Where the Lion Tamer Wields a Sax – Comparisons to the Three Rings by Jon Irabagon

Multi-sax musician Jon Irabagon riffs off the oddities and calliope-gone-awry quality of a circus in his latest CD, “Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics.” As front man for his quartet, Irabagon provides a fresh glimpse at recombining rhythms and stretching the definition... Continue Reading →

An Injection of Oscillation with the John Colianni Sextet

Hit right between the eyes by the opening tick-tock drum beat followed by real fat sounds from double-trouble on tenor saxes is a killer way to set the mood on the song “I Never Knew.” The piano solo from leader... Continue Reading →

Hangin’ In the Hive with B’s Bees

Sometimes a song grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Your breath stops and you have no choice but to be still and soak up the mood. The stunningly melancholic jazz waltz “Syrian Lullaby” is one such standout... Continue Reading →

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