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22 posts in the category: Norman Vickers
  • hatfield Book/CD Review: '12 Preludes for Solo Guitar'
    12 Preludes for Solo Guitar By Ken Hatfield Music Book and CD Arthur Circle Music While Ken Hatfield’s 12 preludes aren’t exactly in the jazz category, they are lovely pieces in themselves as well as a didactic exercise for guitar student at intermediate or advanced level. Personal disclosure, Hatfield has been a performer at Pensacola’s … Continue reading "Book/CD Review: ’12 Preludes for Solo Guitar’"...
  • anatomyofasong Book Review: 'Anatomy of a Song'
    Anatomy of A Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed, Rock, R&B and Pop By Marc Myers Grove Press, New York © 2016, pp.223 For those who aren’t previously acquainted with this writer, Marc Myers is a trained historian who writes about jazz for the Wall Street Journal and also posts daily … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Anatomy of a Song’"...
  • enrapture Ken Peplowski jazz CD is charming
    ENRAPTURE Capri Records, Ltd. Ken Peplowski assembled his teammates for this charming CD and chose a variety of tunes, some of which are outside the usual jazz repertoire. His musical associates were pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Martin Wind and drummer/percussionist Matt Wilson. Of course, likely all who read this column already know that Ken is … Continue reading "Ken Peplowski jazz CD is charming"...
  • marsalis_cd_front An unusual CD and an interview with the artist, Delfeayo Marsalis
    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Troubadour Jazz Records www.dmarsalis.com This unusual CD came for review. I was immediately intrigued by the title as I doubted it to be a campaign item for a current presidential candidate. Listed in liner notes were 23 regular musicians, four guest musicians, four special … Continue reading "An unusual CD and an interview with the artist, Delfeayo Marsalis"...
  • candymen CD Review: 'The Candy Men,' Harry Allen's All Star NY Saxophone Band
    THE CANDY MEN Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band Arbors Records ARCD 19450 Here’s another Harry Allen gem from Arbors Records. Harry has assembled an all-star team with fellow tenor saxophonists Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander and baritone sax player Gary Smulyan completes the quartet. The all-star rhythm section consists of pianist Rossano … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘The Candy Men,’ Harry Allen’s All Star NY Saxophone Band"...
  • Pianist Derek Smith performing at the 1991 Pensacola Jazz Party. Remembering pianist Derek Smith
    Derek Smith was guest pianist for two Pensacola JazzFests in the early 1990s. There was a trio with bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Bobby Rosengarden. Derek also was pianist for our 1991 Pensacola Jazz Party. Accompanying photos were from that event. Also, Derek was also guest pianist for the first Pensacola ball—also early 90s. That … Continue reading "Remembering pianist Derek Smith"...
  • The Girshevich Trio CD Review: "Algorithmic Society," The Girshevich Trio
    Algorithmic Society The Girshevich Trio Tapestry Records Here’s an intriguing recording for the adventurous jazz listener. It features then-12 year old drummer, Aleks Girsevich, father and pianist Vlad Girshevich and virtuoso, elder-statesman bassist Eddie Gomez. The title is sort of a double-entendre—Algorithmic Society. The real definition can be stated as a formula for solving a … Continue reading "CD Review: “Algorithmic Society,” The Girshevich Trio"...
  • rosen CD Review: 'Dream Suite, Songs in Jazz and Blues On Poems By Langston Hughes'
    Dream Suite Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes Distributed by Di-tone Records This is an “outside the box” recording in that it is not the standard jazz CD. It features poetry by Langston Hughes set to music by composer Louis Rosen. Vocalists are Alton Fitzgerald White and Capatha Jenkins. Likely the average jazz … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Dream Suite, Songs in Jazz and Blues On Poems By Langston Hughes’"...
  • 2016-8-30 VANHEUSENISM  #1 CD Review: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Vanheusen
    VANHEUSENISM A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen This CD features pianist/vocalist Daniela Schachter with a small group performing eleven of composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s famous tunes. She is visiting professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. This is her fourth album. All twelve songs—there is one original by Ms. Schachter entitled Vanheusenism –are arranged … Continue reading "CD Review: Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Vanheusen"...
  • 41oAJD97RGL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_ Book Review: How To Listen to Jazz by Ted Gioia
    How To Listen to Jazz By Ted Gioia Basic Books © 2016, pp.254 with index and end notes Let me state personal bias at the beginning of this review. Ted Gioia’s The History of Jazz is on my list of all-time favorites. He published The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire in 2012 and an … Continue reading "Book Review: How To Listen to Jazz by Ted Gioia"...

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