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Planet Jazz Discography of CDs


Live At Smalls Live At Smalls CD (2010)
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Planet Jazz music CDs Liner Note Author: Spike Wilner. Recording information: Smalls Jazz Club, New York, NY (08/23/2009-08/24/2009). Photographer: Ellen Ellis. Personnel: Peter Bernstein (guitar); Jerry Weldon (tenor saxophone); Joe Magnarelli (trumpet); Spike Wilner (piano); Joe Strasser (drums). Audio Mixer: Ben Rubin .
In Orbit In Orbit CD (2006) 5 stars
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Planet Jazz discography The jazz sextet Planet Jazz (no relation to the club/dance band that used the same name) was founded by drummer Johnny Ellis, who contributed several of the compositions heard on this CD but died in 1999, long before the recording session. This strong bop-oriented group is fronted by tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart and trumpeter/flügelhornist Joe Magnarelli, with pianist Spike Wilner, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Neal Miner, and drummer Joe Strasser. Stewart and Magnarelli kick each other into high gear trading fours in Ellis' lively "Buttermoose." Another Ellis work, "The Cow Is Now," is a slightly quirky jazz waltz. Their choice of Charlie Shavers' neglected "Dawn on the Desert" is inspired, with Wilner giving it a Latin flavor and adding a slightly ominous tinge. He also scored Hampton Hawes' "Sonora," which fuels some of the most inspired solos of the date, accompanied by a breezy Latin backbeat. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn composed "Dual Highway" as a blues vehicle for alto sax great Johnny Hodges, though their recording wasn't issued until well after the deaths of all three musicians. Planet Jazz do a nice job utilizing this unjust obscurity as a feature for each member in turn. It's too bad that Johnny Ellis didn't live long enough to witness this impressive session. ~ Ken Dryden The debut recording by the New York City based sextet Planet Jazz features the ...

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Popular or famous Planet Jazz music songs: Mommy, Mommy NO!, Sonora, Lemur Is A Dreamer, Buttermoose, Dual Highway, Squirrel Is A Girl, Simple As That. More music songs Cow Is Now, Intimacy Of The Blues, Bilbao, Foolish Lament, Contemplations, Dawn on the Desert, Righty-O. See All Songs

Planet Jazz CD discography Key Personnel

Member NameWorked With
Peter BernsteinMelvin Rhyne, Jimmy Cobb (Drums), Mike LeDonne, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ralph Bowen, Steve Davis, Larry Goldings, Bill Heid, Jimmy Cobb's Mob (Drums)
Joe MagnarelliHarry Connick, Jr., N.Y. Hardbop Quintet, Bill Heid, Gary Smulyan, Walt Weiskopf, Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Barone, Antonio Ciacca
Joe Strasser
Spike WilnerJesse Davis, Jesse Davis Quintet, Cyrille-Aimee Daudel
Jerry WeldonHarry Connick, Jr., Jack McDuff, Lionel Hampton, N.Y. Hardbop Quintet, Joey Defrancesco, Akiko Tsuruga, Freddy Cole, Papa John DeFrancesco, Richie Hart
Grant StewartReeds & Deeds, Harry Allen, Omer Avital, Dan and Sandy Adler, Grant Stewart Quartet, Diane Johnston, Ryan Kisor, Neal Miner

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