Debbie Burke

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A Feast for Now – “Flavors of Jazz” by Pianist Charles Williams

Charles Williams’s new CD “Flavors of Jazz” tingles on the taste buds and proves this pianist can swing for sure. A musician who loves arranging, he leads a trio and performs in several bands with that fat, big band feel... Continue Reading →

JOE LOVANO’s “Trio Tapestry” Marks New Journey with ECM Records

A sweet, thick layer of sax goes a long way over many years, and Joe Lovano and his tenor have trekked mountains, cities and countrysides. Recently he’s found himself at ECM Records with his newest work, “Trio Tapestry,” where there... Continue Reading →

Honey from the Horn – with Erik Truffaz

He has a golden touch with pure tone and is one of those musicians who gets a point across with sweetness and light. Erik Truffaz’s music provides crystal clarity in a happy place. The common thread throughout his discography is... Continue Reading →

Guts, Tone and Moxie – Bill McBirnie on The Technique and Theory of Improvisation

Flute player Bill McBirnie says he took everything he knows about being a musician and broke it down to the basics in his new book The Technique and Theory of Improvisation: A practical guide for flutists, doublers, and other instrumentalists.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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