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Cuentos Pedro Giraudo – Cuentos
July 12, 2015
All I Know Rachel Caswell – All I Know
August 9, 2015
Double Feature B.J. Ward and Donn Trenner – Double Feature
August 18, 2015
PDX Soul Hailey Niswanger – PDX Soul
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Recorded on the heels of a one-week run at the Jazz Standard in New York City, the eight songs on Triangles and Circles capture the essence of Dafnis Prieto’s composing skills and imaginative drumming.

Joined by Peter Apfelbaum on tenor & soprano saxophones, Felipe Lamoglia on alto saxophone, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Manuel Valera on piano and Johannes Weidenmueller on acoustic and electric basses, Dafnis Prieto Sextet excels in all areas and reaches a near-telepathic level o interplay and impeccable interpretation throughout this excellent program. Standouts include “Back and Forth,” and the title track “Triangles and Circles.

“After doing Mandy’s Secret in 2014, we didn’t know in Beat Funktion really which way to go musically for our next release. We elaborated on the possibility that everyone in the band would write a song each. But not everyone had that much inspiration at the time, and it was difficult to have a unified sound with music from so many different sources. Luckily, I had some material from quite a few years back from various contexts that was waiting to be recorded and played. Some of the material were sketches from theatre and film music I had scrapped more… Continue reading

On Headin’ Out, alto saxophonist Matt Criscuolo and his bandmates guitarist Tony Purrone, acoustic bassist Preston Murphy and drummer Ed Soph, perform several original songs and rarely covered compositions as Miles Davis’ “Sippin’ at Bells” and Randy Weston’s “Little Niles.”

These musicians offer the songs in freely improvised terms that were influenced by Henry Threadgill, Jimmy Lyons and David S. Ware, as well as Jimmy Heath. Headin’ Out is high-quality, impassioned 21st century modern jazz. by Paula Edelstein

Reprinted with permission of… Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Bolstering the belief that romance is always en vogue, crooner Steven Davis plies his big voice backed by a big band on the swinging set “What Happened To Romance,” a charming meditation on love marrying timeless traits from another era to today’s passionate demand for originality. The new TV-Spot from Centralway Numbrs features the Steven Davis tune “Perfectly Perfect.” The 14-track disc comprised of a dozen original songs penned by Davis and The 88s’ Josh Charles and Alissa Moreno – the duo that produced the outing – was released June 23 by the vocalist’s First Second Records.

The Nashville-based Davis… Continue reading

Pop/Jazz vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina and guitarist Rolf Sturm offer their listeners 12 exceptional songs on their first recording together called Spark. Many of the songs such as “Talk To Me,” “Get Your Kicks On Route 66” and “I’m Beginning to See The Light” are from the 1950s and 1960s but now have a jazz twist.

The duo also update the Stylistics’ tune “Betcha, By Golly Wow,” and later move from the Philadelphia International Sound to a sweet Brazilian fantasy called “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Overall, this eclectic vocalist and fingerstyle player effortlessly alternate between swinging jazz chords and beautifully executed… Continue reading

A “throw-back release with plenty of modern day flair,” Thom Douvan’s “All Over Again” recalls an era in music when labels did not matter. As Duke Ellington said, “There are only two kinds of music, good and the other kind.” This is the third CD released by composer-bandleader-guitarist Thom Douvan and features world-class musicians with plenty of heavyweight credentials to their names.

The artists include Mitchel Forman on keyboards (formerly with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Stan Getz), Jimmy Earl on Fender bass (formerly with Robben Ford, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Sample), Trey Henry on upright bass… Continue reading

Every track on Perchance to Dream has been given a unique treatment. The album kicks off with a jazz waltz version of the Irving Berlin standard, Change Partners followed by a powerful original tune, one of two on the album, “Poor Girl” with lyrics from the poem Poor Girl by the late Dr. Maya Angelou and music by Jay Ashby. Next is a mambo performance of “Close Enough For Love” and a playful Samba rendition of “Pure Imagination.”

The second original composition is a beautiful ballad entitled “When I Close My Eyes” written specifically for Gloria by K. Lawrence Dunham… Continue reading

The world-renowned jazz ensemble tells no lies in this beautifully-crafted and visceral Big Band recording, an ode to the great American Heartland by award-winning composer Dale Wilson.

“I was struck by the musicians’ tacit communication, how they breathed individually, shaping their lines, and how they breathed as a unit. It is a sound that I can’t imagine another band replicating, a sound that our brilliant engineer Christian Cluxen dubbed, ‘the sound of the great American Prairie’.” –Dale Wilson

The NDR Bigband – Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra’s latest feature recording, Tall Tales of Jasper County: The Double Doubles Suite, is a… Continue reading

With the release of their highly-anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3 lets the world in on a cool “Vintage Truth.” Driven by the ever-evolving musical vision of core members – brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel – their deepening artistry continues to transcend a well-earned reputation as a high energy, fun and freewheeling party band.

While they continue to anchor Thursday nights and the 94.7 The Wave Sunday Brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and electrify festival and cruise-goers as they have for more than a decade, the… Continue reading

Bernard Scavella, Tenor and Soprano saxophonist, equally skilled as a leader or as a sideman. He helped to define the sound and styling of the Chicago based jazz group, The GrooveMasters during the 1970’s and 1980’s, as the principal arranger and saxophonist.

Scavella gained recognition during his teen years through study with Joe Henderson and performing with Clark Terry, George Coleman, Billy Cobham, Clint Houston and George Cables. Scavella, Cables and Cobham were the cofounders of the New York City based jazz group, The Jazz Samaritans, which was aptly named by Scavella.

Scavella has appeared in a countless number of… Continue reading

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