12 posts in the category: CD Review
CD Review: 'Soulfully Yours,' Anders Bergcrantz
Anders Bergcrantz: Soulfully Yours Vanguard Music Boulevard Malmo, Sweden www.vanguardmusicboulevard.com Anders Bergcrantz is a prize-winning Swedishtrumpeter/composer. He has just released this recording of seven compositions, six of which are his originals and the seventh is composition of his wife, an internationally acclaimed composer, Anna-Lena Laurin. There are varying personnel on these seven numbers, some with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Soulfully Yours,’ Anders Bergcrantz"...
CD Review: 'This and That,' Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky
Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky: This and That Arbors Records: ARCD 19455 Recorded April 25-27, 2016 Munich, Germany Here’s a professionally performed CD—just vocal and piano with 15 tunes by Gershwin, Ellington, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and others. What makes it special is the pairing of Rebecca Kilgore with German pianist Bernd Lhotzky. Many readers … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘This and That,’ Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky"...
CD Review: 'Ain't That Right!' by Adrian Cunningham
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti Arbors Records © 2014 There’s a saying, “Any book is new until you’ve read it.” This could apply to recordings as well. Here’s a CD from 2014 from Arbors Records featuring multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham playing the music of Neal Hefti. It’s a small-group recording with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Ain’t That Right!’ by Adrian Cunningham"...
CD Review: 'Summer Breeze' by Greg Murphy
SUMMER BREEZE Greg Murphy, piano Whaling City Sound, New Bedford, MA Greg Murphy is a seasoned pianist and composer who has assembled a great team for this, his fourth CD as leader. It’s a mix of jazz compositions by outstanding artists as well as Murphy’s own well-honed compositions. Trio work includes bassist Eric Wheeler and … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Summer Breeze’ by Greg Murphy"...
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’"...
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"...
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"...
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"...
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"...
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’"...
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