||Vanguard Jazz Orchestra|
Way: Music of Slide Hampton (2004)
Formed by trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been performing on Monday nights at the esteemed Village Vanguard in New York City since 1965. The ensemble has also recorded numerous albums since its inception--2004's ...
Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings...Jazz & Blues (1993)
Recorded live at the Ritz Theatre, New York, New York on December 4, 1992.
When Diana Ross portrayed Billie Holliday in the 1971 bio-pic LADY SINGS THE BLUES, she took a lot of heat from jazz purists who felt that her ...
Up All Night (2003)
It isn't surprising that John Scofield spent some time in Miles Davis' employ. Like that innovative trumpeter, Scofield has always had a restless spirit. One never knows what to expect when a new Scofield album arrives; Up All Night, it ...
||Don Friedman / Gerdur Gunnarsdottir / Salzau Trio|
Composer: Live At Jazz Baltica Salzau (2010)
Liner Note Author: Don Friedman.
Recording information: Jazz Baltica, Salzau (07/04/2009).
Photographers: Rolf Kiáling; Andreas Levers.
Arranger: Rich Shemaria.
Personnel: Don Friedman (piano); Gerdur Gunnarsdottir (violin); Stephan Braun (violin, cello); Gerour Gunnarsdottier, Elfa Run Kristinsdottir (violin); Martin Stupka (viola); Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone); Joe ...
||Phil Kelly & the NW Prevailing Winds|
Convergence Zone (2003)
From longtime television, film, and commercial arranger Phil Kelly comes Convergence Zone, his first album as a leader. Since a relocation to the Pacific Northwest in 1998, Kelly has worked with a number of regional jazz figures, culminating in the ...
Day In Night Out (2008)
On Walk in the Woods, his latest Criss Cross leader date, Walt Weiskopf upholds the high standards he's set on his previous nine albums for the label. Here he leads a hand-picked octet, each of the five horns is a ...
Secrets Inside (2002)
This large-ensemble affair represents tenor saxophonist Ned Otter's second release for the independent Two and Four Recordings record label. Known for his affiliations with jazz icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Coleman, and Clark Terry, the saxophonist possesses a boppish ...
Radio Waves (1991)
Pianist Rob Schneiderman and a top-notch sextet (with trumpeter Brian Lynch, Ralph Moore on tenor, baritonist Gary Smulyan, bassist Todd Coolman and drummer Jeff Hirshfield) perform seven of the leader's swinging but unpredictable originals and two standards ("Blue Moon" and ...
Track Listing: Silva! Horn! & Down Pat!; Reconstituted; Foreign Glasses; Slovenly Hilled Curves; Dirt Cheap Meets Dirt; In the Harbor of Cadiz; Jazz For the Silent Majority; Turning on the Memories; Emotional Currency; Contra Bean, The; Co-Hearsed; My Brother the ...
Feeling of Jazz (1990)
Pianist Mike LeDonne's second recording is most notable for the outstanding and contrasting playing of trumpeter Tom Harrell and baritonist Gary Smulyan. While Harrell is lyrical and melodic, Smulyan is forceful and swings quite hard. With bassist Dennis Irwin and ...
MERRY-GO-ROUND was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Singer Freddy Cole is the brother of late, legendary singer/pianist Nat "King" Cole. And while Freddy Cole's smooth approach echoes his brother's, he's no imitator. This Cole is ...
||Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band|
I'm BeBoppin' Too (2009)
Tribute bands are often bland affairs, because they become too predictable, while often omitting any artists who played with the deceased artist. Fortunately, this third CD by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band mixes veterans who worked with the trumpeter ...
Songs and Moments (1994)
In the 1990s there has been a serious shortage of male jazz singers under the age of 60, making Kevin Mahogany's "arrival" in his second Enja release quite noteworthy. A strong improviser who cannot only scat creatively but uplift lyrics, ...
Joe Magnarelli is a veteran of bands of led by Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ray Barretto, Lionel Hampton, Harry Connick, Jr., and others. While he recorded several earlier CDs for Criss Cross, this is his first release for a U.S. label. The ...
Clifford Brown Project (2003)
This warm and energetic tribute to the late trumpet virtuoso Clifford Brown (who died tragically in 1956 at the age of 26, having single-handedly changed the way jazz trumpet was heard and understood in the United States) is slightly mournful ...
||Mike LeDonne Quintet|
Bout Time (1988)
Mike LeDonne's 1988 debut as a leader was overlooked by many jazz critics, broadcasters, and jazz fans because it came out on the Dutch label Criss Cross instead of on an American label in the pianist's homeland. By that time, ...
There's Something About You I Don't Know (2006)
Pamela Luss, who makes her recording debut on this CD, has a nice clear voice that is attractive, appealing, and on key. Her repertoire is mostly filled with standards, with Tex Allen's title cut and a pair of Tom Harrell ...
In My Time (2005)
Veteran arranger Gerald Wilson utilized a New York band full of all-stars for this very rewarding and memorable project. Three of the selections ("Dorian," "Ray's Vision at the U," and "Blues for Manhattan") form a suite called "The Diminished Triangle," ...
||Vanguard Jazz Orchestra|
Lickety Split: The Music of Jim McNeely (1997)
In jazz long-standing traditions are looked upon with great respect. There are few traditions more respectable than Monday nights at The Village Vanguard, where this legendary band has played every week since the '60s. The creation of late drummer Mel ...
Porgy and Bess: Redefined (2005)
So many songs from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy & Bess have become standards that jazz fans likely take them for granted. But Mark Masters' large ensemble arrangements of selections from this work are anything but typical. "Summertime" showcases virtuoso ...
Time of New Beginnings (2010)
With countless jazz CDs of original material by young, up-and-coming artists, jazz journalists and broadcasters can feel overwhelmed trying to uncover the gems among them. But composer/arranger Chie Imaizumi's ability to attract commissioned works and top players to perform her ...
Unfailing Kindness (2007)
Very few album titles reflect the tone and mood of their musical content as accurately as does the title of this, the debut album from 27-year-old composer and arranger Chie Imaizumi. Her melodies are relatively simple and unfailingly charming, and ...
MMTC (Monk, Miles, Trance & Cannon) (1995)
With MMTC, the rock-solid torchbearer Freddie Hubbard pays tribute to his illustrious influences. With a tight and reverent ensemble of hot young players behind him, Hubbard delivers eight uncompromising classics, mixing his own compositions with those of Coltrane, Monk, and ...
Always There (1998)
Joe Magnarelli Quintet/Sextet: Joe Magnarelli (trumpet); Jim Snidero (alto saxophone, flute); Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone); Larry Goldings (piano); Dennis Irwin (bass); Kenny Washington (drums); Daniel G. Sadownick (percussion).
Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli's second Criss Cross CD, Always There, is easily the equal ...
Night Watch (1995)
Don Sickler became one of the most in-demand jazz arrangers during the 1980s, and these 1990 studio sessions gave him an opportunity to record under his own name. Assembling a first-rate band mixing veterans and younger musicians, Sickler put together ...