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Debbie Burke

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“Coalescence 2” Takes Being In Tandem to New Levels

A new CD born from collaboration and camaraderie has just been released by five stellar New York City musicians, including Kenny Shanker on saxophones; Mike Eckroth on piano; Daisuke Abe on guitar; Yoshi Waki on bass and Brian Fishler on... Continue Reading →

Flutter Float Dig and Grind – The Cello’s Versatility with Peter Hudler

The cello can be plaintive or playful, deep or ethereal; it just depends on who’s doing the coaxing. Peter Hudler of Austria is the Geppetto of this supremely beautiful instrument, and the good news is that he makes it come... Continue Reading →

Blazing a New Trail: Indian Harmonies from Shubh Saran

He didn’t intentionally set out to form a septet, but seven is the lucky number in Shubh Saran’s new EP called HADD (the title is an acronym for "Hypersensitive Agency Detection Device" which is a reference to ascribing everyday occurrences... Continue Reading →

Illuminating Jazz with Steve Mynett

Consider this shot of Houston Person, up close and very personal; an intimate portrait that radiates heat right off the page, communicating the iconic master’s artistic passion. Steve Mynett is behind the lens of a career full of such splendid... Continue Reading →

Romantic Immersion on new CD “Blue Cat” from Dimitri K

  Dimitri K has mastered – very easily, it seems – the smooth groove on piano and guitar. He proves his prowess with the new instrumental release “Blue Cat.” The song “I Saw Her” is the ultimate definition of romance,... Continue Reading →

Masterful Rivulets: The Andrew Rathbun Quintet

In “Character Study,” Canadian-born sax player (now stateside) Andrew Rathbun leads a serious quintet that cooks a multi-course meal and serves it jumping around, ladling mind-blowing flavors on every plate. While his lone sax thoughtfully breathes an undeniably gorgeous melody... Continue Reading →

Ben Paterson on Keys: Style and Tenderness

There is spark, spirit and affirmation in the music of Ben Paterson, whose command of piano and organ is an amazing treat for the ears. Jauntily upbeat, “I’m Old Fashioned” and the glissando-laced “Isn’t She Lovely” showcase Paterson’s sense of... Continue Reading →

Op Ed: Winter Jazz Fest

E.J. Decker sings out in a stunning baritone most of the time, but here he opines on the Winter Jazzfest that took place in New York City in early January. Promoters, organizers, future attendees: take note and take notes. Was... Continue Reading →

Living in the Smooth Corners with Sax Player/Vocalist Michael J. Thomas

The slickest groove possibly ever comes from an original song by Michael J. Thomas called “Baby Coffee.” Thomas croons into the sax, giving it a suggestive throatiness while positivity floats over the melody, making it like audio crack. The hyper-energetic... Continue Reading →

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