March 14, 2019

SCOTT ROBINSON; TENORMORE Arbors Records Some reviews almost write themselves; this is a prime example. Scott Robinson has produced a CD about his longtime love affair with his 1924 Conn tenor saxophone. Excellent liner notes by longtime jazz author and critic, Doug Ramsey, also make this CD special for me. Robinson assembled an excellent small[…]

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February 26, 2019

The Definition of Insanity Tony Monaco- Hammond B3, piano, accordion and voice Chicken Coop Records—Release date January 18, 2019 Monaco, a Hammond B3 artist, has done it again. With his usual small-group format, which includes guitarist Derek Decenzo, and drummer Tony McClung, he also uses his wife Asake Monaco on piano on a single number,[…]

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January 8, 2019

There’s a saying some circles: There are two kinds of music, TRAD and STAD. (S—t, that ain’t Dixieland.) If you’re a strict adherent to the former, then this review won’t appeal to you. However, for the rest of you musically adventurous souls, this may or may not appeal to you. I was aware of Eric[…]

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September 14, 2018

Standard Deviations, Volumes 1 and 2 By Tobin Mueller Album available CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes Interestingly, I had reviewed a previous two-CD set, “Afterwords,” exactly one year previously. On receiving this one, my expectations were pleasantly fulfilled. But, first some words about this unusual multi-talented man. In addition to being a pianist/composer/vocalist, he’s a playwright[…]

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August 27, 2018

Cabin in the Sky Hendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonica; Bill Cunliffe, piano Height Advantage Music from the Heart Roger Davidson Quartet featuring Hendrik Meurkens Soundbrush Records The common factor in these two recordings is, of course, chromatic harmonicist Hendrik Meurkens. According to publicity accompanying “Cabin in the Sky,’ Meurkens and Cunliffe had long planned to get[…]

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August 2, 2018

Erroll Garner — Night Concert Tom Hook — 62 Ah, the joys of a record reviewer! Two recordings were recently received featuring pianists. The first was a live recording of Erroll Garner’s trio from Amsterdam, Nov. 7, 1964. The second one was of pianist/vocalist Tom Hook, a current recording commemorating Hook’s 62nd anniversary of his[…]

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