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Wayne Wallace�Bien Bien! Patois Records – 2009

�Bien Bien!, is Wallace’s fifth production on his label, Patois Records.  Sparkling with the same signature energy that infuses all his work, Wallace’s masterful compositions and arrangements always give the all-star cast he surrounds himself with a chance to cook. 

His performances offer a fascinating collection of originals, standards and Latin classics that explore the intersection of many threads of music from all ends of the globe.  Wayne Wallace and Rhythm & Rhyme’s enduring love of Afro-Cuban music and jazz will no doubt bring joy to your hearts and… Continue reading

A Galaxy cooking session with by Struan Douglas

Hugh MasekelaStruan Douglas and Iain Harris exchange tones with Hugh Masekela, and discover that apart from people, life, the world and women, music is in fact all about sushi.

Hugh Masekela “I love sushi,” says a cool-grooving charismatic Hugh. “You can eat it at midnight and not get nightmares. When I came out of rehab I had a major appetite. I had a major appetite before, so now I’m working on just eating nutritional food. Japanese food is expensive, but there isn’t a sliver of fat anywhere, and I think we must shift ourselves in… Continue reading

Will Downing After Tonight (Peak – 2007)

Suffice it to say that after nearly two decades of remarkable recordings and performances around the globe, Will Downing is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of R&B, jazz and pop. Yet 2007 marks the release of what is unquestionably the most crucial album of his career. It’s not necessarily in reference to the content of the album, which is more of the masterful songs of sensual romance that have become his signature. The crux of After Tonight, Will’s 13th album and first for… Continue reading

Cecilia TenconiAmazon LilyCecilia Tenconi (CafePercussion – 2001) by S.H. Watkins, Sr.

Cecilia Tenconi’s great debut CD Amazon Lily is a well crafted mix of sultry saxaphone and expressive flute performances (both by Tenconi) and good compositions (most by Tenconi). On Urban Summer (an original track and my favorite), Tenconi comes out Smoking with her sax, riding the simmering waves from the bass, then turning against the piano and surfing all the way back across the hot track. The melody is strong, with keyboardist Dave Kioski contributing a very old-school Lorber-ish solo in the middle.

As good as Tenconi’s sax is on… Continue reading

Pete MalinverniAutumn in New YorkPete Malinverni(Reservoir Records – 2003) by Paula Edelstein

At first glance of the record title, one would immediately think of colorful leaves and a brisk fall climate. However, Autumn in New York is a tribute to two of Pete Malinverni’s friends who were lost while helping others at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That was indeed a tragic autumn in New York and as a result Malinverni explores his own emotional and dramatic range with the help of two long time associates – bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Leroy… Continue reading

An Interview with Benny Golson A Conversation with the Great Benny Golson by Paula Edelstein

One of the most successful talents on the Arkadia Jazz label is without doubt the phenomenal Dr. Benny Golson. The tenor saxophonist, composer, lyricist, arranger, educator and jazz icon, holds the distinction of being the only living jazz legend to have written eight standards for jazz repertoire! “Killer Joe,” “Along Came Betty,” “Whisper Not” “Step Lightly,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Stablemates” “Blues March,” and “Out of the Past” are among his major contributions to the world of jazz standards. The multi-talented legend has performed throughout the… Continue reading

Win your own Clever CamDigital Camera! Enter your Email address and answer the question below to be entered in the “Clever Cam” Giveaway! In addition to the regular JazzUSA.Com monthly CD giveaway, one lucky winner this month will get a Clever Cam Portable Digital Camera Courtesy of JazzUSA.Our congratulations to Brandis Pryor, last month’s winner. Contest Ends Dec. 13, 2001 Q: #GetQuestion.Question# Please add your vote… A: The current leader in the polling is #gettop1.answer#.

#answer# Your Email Address: Current survey results are shown immediately after you vote… PRIVACY NOTE: Voting results are NOT tracked by member… Continue reading

Conrad HerwigThe Latin Side of Wayne Shorter HalfNote – 2008

After refitting Coltrane and Miles, Conrad Herwig’s latest Latinization effort has been aimed directly at Wayne Shorter.  Recorded live at the Blue Note in New York, Herwig is jJoined by Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynchon this fiery excursion into the AfroCaribbean rhythms.

Conrad Herwig began his professional career in 1980 with the Clark Terry Big Band and later joined the Buddy Rich Orch. for tours of the US and Europe. After locating permanently in New York he performed with Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones and Mario Bauza’s Afro-Cuban… Continue reading

The DancerThe DancerDenton Johnson(Disk Makers – 2001) by Phyllis A. Lodge

Detroit continues to bless this art form with superior musicianship. Composer Denton Johnson tastefully matched with pianist/arranger Buddy Budson’s Sextet on Johnson’s recent CD, The Dancer is one of those treasured ‘finds’ that you must experience.

Fast Forward, energetic with highly visionary musical ideas, ignites the set, cutting some brilliant facets as it moves. Pianist Buddy Budson shares the arranging role with Johnson in this collaboration, and the work of the two men is vibrant, airtight, and deeply colored in rich harmonic originality. Johnson’s writing is as sure as… Continue reading

Lionel HamptonLionel Hampton There Will Never Be Another You(Out of Sight Music – 2006) Staff

After receiving the Grammy nomination for Sentimental Journey on Atlantic Records, Lionel Hampton Giant of the jazz world and king of the vibraphone, recorded a second album with Sylvia Bennett in 1989. Because of the intimate setting of the “home studio” in Miami where the vibes were set up, Lionel felt very comfortable, relaxed, and spontaneous which led to one of his best studio performances ever. The significance and excitement of this project is that it is a totally new and unreleased Lionel Hampton recording… Continue reading

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