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I stand with my jazz brothers and sisters. THIS HAS TO STOP.   Miles Davis (c) Jerry Kinstler/NY Daily News (c) Debbie Burke 2020

Double Time: Two Tasty New CDs from Ratko Zjaca

Two new works by guitarist Ratko Zjaca (interviewed earlier here) are almost too much of a treat at once. Not only is his instrumentation firmly in that perfect Goldilocks zone; his melodic lines are uncluttered, tempos tight but unobtrusive, and the phrasing flows like a river. Consider the sensibility of a meandering soul (“Here Nothing... Continue Reading →

Channeling Chopin: The Yellow Wallpaper

Composer, arranger and jazz vocalist Carol Nethen brilliantly invokes her classical Muse and conjures up clouds of ether and mystery with her accompaniment to a Victorian era work titled "The Yellow Wallpaper." Just re-released by The Spencer Library, the project creatively pairs fine literature with what amounts to sonic poetry. Taking the time to explore... Continue Reading →

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