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Debbie Burke

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The Nuanced Drummer – Love as Explored by Reggie Quinerly

In a very meta love song called "Words to Love," feathery, sweet vocals are punctuated coolly, in refreshing places, by the innovative drummer Reggie Quinerly. His new CD, also titled “Words To Love,” is full of deep, memorable melodies drenched... Continue Reading →

Speckles, Sparkles and Movement: Chris Pasin’s New CD, “Ornettiquette”

Trumpet player Chris Pasin reaches into the kernel of it all with simplicity. In his relationship with the horn, he shows respect and expressiveness using bold lines, spare phrasing and clear messages. Inspired by the longtime collaborations that paired the... Continue Reading →

Loving Where You Live Starts With A Song: The Uplifting Voice of Monika Wall

Light, bright and fun – to start, anyway – Monika Wall’s song “One Step” soon veers into a tough and hearty blues. Coming from her new CD “One Step/Earth,” this song serves as a jazzy call to action; now, more... Continue Reading →

Smooth Emergence – New Artist Nelson Lee Found the Sound

Some people start testing the musical waters with social media, posting song snippets against a back beat from YouTube. Once in a while it’s surprisingly natural and seems destined to develop into something true. One to watch and listen for... Continue Reading →

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”... 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... Continue Reading →

You Hear Life In Her Voice – The Triumphs of Rhio

In the new CD “A Rhio Good Thing,” vocalist Rhio belts out songs strong and clear. Her style is direct, uplifting and tinged with taking no BS. Did you know the adored Latin song “No More Blues” has words? Rhio... Continue Reading →

A Mellow Flow – “Low Tide” by Blu Monsoon

Bright ’n’ breezy and wrapping its arms around you in a cool comforting hug is “Low Tide,” the newest EP from the Ohio-based smooth trio called Blu Monsoon. The title song is inviting and confident, totally with and for the... Continue Reading →

Get Your Crazy Feet Ready: Soggy Po’ Boys and the New Orleans Vibe

Named for an overstuffed Nawlins sandwich drenched in flavor and seasonings, the Soggy Po’ Boys are determined to bring the spunk and funk of ridiculously fun early-South music to wherever there are music lovers! Their latest foray is to the... Continue Reading →

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