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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June 11, 2018

Alchemy Sound Project; Adventures in Time and Space www.alchemysoundproject.com Here is an interesting CD that came for review. It’s hard to classify as jazz or classical. So, maybe it is best to leave it unclassified and just describe. This is the second collaborative recording for this group. Performers include Samantha Boshnack, trumpet and flugelhorn; Erica[…]

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June 11, 2018

On The Levee Jazz Band; Swinging New Orleans Jazz Big Al Records www.ontheleveejazz.com It is with great pleasure that I have opportunity to review this wonderful CD. The leader of this outstanding group is long-time drummer Hal Smith, also a long-time personal friend, so I have confessed my bias in the second sentence. In November[…]

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