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A Warm Velvet Ocean from the Sax of Kevin “Blue” Woods

Tenor sax player Kevin Blue Woods can serve up a sumptuous band of silky sound that hugs the soul and swaddles the spirit. In his latest CD “CityLife” that fat-and-happy sax sound presides over a collection of tracks that have... Continue Reading →

Skyward, Gently, with “Into the Light” from Amanda Addleman

A song starts out and you’re totally open, ready to get your mind around the rhythm of it, the main tune of it, and soon after, to identify where the harmonies lie and where the other textures will start to... Continue Reading →

Riffing on a Phrase with Wordsmith Scott Yanow

Being a jazz journalist who started in the 1970s has afforded Scott Yanow some priceless opportunities and serendipitous encounters. Yanow is an oft-quoted jazz reviewer who plies his trade in magazines, program guides, liner notes and just about anywhere else... Continue Reading →

Unstoppably Cheerful: The Doggy Cats Are Off-Leash

The Doggy Cats want to tell you straight up that jazz doesn’t need to be complicated and over-thought. Their first CD “Diakon Pizza” is a work of open-hearted joie de vivre. Leader and pianist Tetsuro Hoshii who hails from Japan... Continue Reading →

Artistry in the Icy, Icelandic Mist: New Jazz CD “Tenging” by Ingi Bjarni Quintet

Pianist/composer Ingi Bjarni has a delicate affinity for nuance which is layered with beautiful precision in his quintet’s new CD “Tenging.” Translated into English as “connection,” the tracks fit together with smooth edges and strong unity while celebrating each musician’s... Continue Reading →

A Ball of Conversation in “…For Its Beauty Alone” with Yuriy Galkin

Reverberating poetry opens the title track of bassist Yuriy Galkin’s latest CD, “For Its Beauty Alone,” which trails off to allow a sax’s thoughtful musings, light but supportive percussion and an aptly colorful and sweet piano accompaniment. Galkin is a... Continue Reading →

Inventive Flight Paths with Mimi Fox’s “This Bird Still Flies”

In a solo acoustic album you have to carry it all: melody, harmony, funk, soul and heart. Guitarist Mimi Fox’s new album “This Bird Still Flies” takes us to the sun and back, embroidering the journey with masterful intuition. You... Continue Reading →

The Very Thought of 50-Plus Years of Jazz: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The full and engaging sound of an iconic musical skyscraper like the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (once the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra) is alive and well, winning new fans to the genre while reminding audiences everywhere how timelessly hip... Continue Reading →

Passages, Tight Corners and a Sweet Resolution with Nick Rosario

Jazz as a way to work through your issues has produced creative results for trombonist/composer Nick Rosario. He just released “The Uncertain Suite” which is a musical summary of his very personal sense of self-doubt followed finally by acceptance and... Continue Reading →

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