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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January 3, 2019

2018 … so long.2019 … hello.Favorite quotes …Jazz is great, jazz is good.Music and people make the world go ’round.If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.Is music good for your health?Is music food for the soul?Jazz is a conversation, a give and take.Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the[…]

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October 24, 2018

It was a few years back … The Guffman Trio was playing around town and the regional area quite often. We were even threatening to record a long awaited CD … I did say threatening. My wife, and one of my favorite all time musicians, Cynthia, found a very cool version of the Lambert, Hendricks[…]

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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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September 14, 2018

After a summer break, we are back in full swing! Jazz is alive! Jazz Pensacola is up and running strong! The summer had an awesome lineup at the Jazz Gumbos. Jazz at its best! We had good turnouts at the monthly Jazz Jams, too. September we will have Daniel Rivera doing his best Jack Kerouac,[…]

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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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