Hard Bop News from Michael Lauren’s All Stars

In the blog's second visit with Michael Lauren, he talks about his newest CD, a collaborative effort in both performance and composition: “Old School/Fresh Jazz." The high-spirited “Lisboa Boogaloo” delivers unadulterated fun; no fuss, no muss, just joy. “More Soul” is appropriately titled with a beguiling solo from guitar. Sax and drums trade barbs and... Continue Reading →

Twin Telepathy is the Backbone of the Beat

The first word that comes to mind with the song “Shed” from The Maguire Twins is sophistication. With its complexity of rhythms that propel the central idea forward, this tune is the picture of stunning tonality and all-in communication among the personnel. It’s one of 12 tracks on the brothers’ new CD “Seeking Higher Ground,”... Continue Reading →

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