• jazz adds february 28, 2016

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    nolatet.  dogs.  royal potato family.  Elegant and graceful, but forward, the way we like our New Orleans music;  this collaboration of  Crescent City equals includes three percussions– brian haas on piano; johnny vidacovich (astral project)@drums; mike dillon, vibraphone plus  astral bandmate james singleton, bowing and thrumping the upright bass.  new wine from bold, vigorous grapes;  […]

  • jazz adds, january 18, 2016

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    charles lloyd.   i long to see you.  blue note.  Starring the marvels, who are:  bill frisell on guitar;  reuben rogers, bass;  eric harland,drums;  greg leisz, steel guitar;   reed master lloyd on tenor & alto  +  guests norah jones and willie nelson.  a-list songs include dylan’s master of war, trads.  la llorona, shenandoah, all my trials […]

  • jazz adds november 2, 2015

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    laura karpman.  langston hughes;  ask your mama.  avie.  Backstory: 1960, late in his career, the poet langston hughes went to Newport R.I. to the jazz festival in the hopes of seeing oscar peterson, john lee hooker , muddy waters.  the event turned  violent, and hughes, confined to a hotel room, wrote ask your mama: 12 […]

  • jazz adds february 18, 2015

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    diana  krall.  wallflower.  verve.  Casual elegance format + lost love content  from a contemporary jazz queen.  the playlist is dreamy pop– papa phillips’ california dreamin; late mccartney , if i take you home tonight;   elton john’s  brilliant sorry seems to be the hardest word , and jim croce’s lesser known operator.  dulcet vocals and  some […]

  • jazz adds february 9, 2015

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    kenny wheeler.  songs for quintet.  ecm.  Sometimes jazz can seem willfully cerebral but this final act from  composer/ trumpet/flugel master  kenny wheeler (1930-2014) flows  like a stream of clear water.  Recorded in 2013, previewed to mr. wheeler before his death, and released by ecm on january 14, 2015 -wheeler’s  85th birthday, what prevails is wheeler’s […]

  • “Got a Little Rhythm” has a lot of fun

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    It’s always fun when friends get together to make music. And that’s exactly what this intimately-recorded release sounds like. Pianist John Musto and soprano Amy Burton are a husband and wife team, steeped both in Broadway and classical music traditions. Baritone Patrick Mason is a long-time collaborator with both Musto and Burton, and the easy […]