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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March 14, 2019

KING OF JAZZ A Film of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra—1930 The movie, KING OF JAZZ, featuring Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, was recently shown on Turner Movie Channel. This 1930 movie was groundbreaking in a number of ways. It was one of the first movies to be shown in the newly developing Technicolor. In fact,[…]

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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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November 5, 2018

Two Nina Fritz oil paintings have been added to the Jazz Room Area at the downtown West Florida Public Library. The latest acquisitions were donated by jazz enthusiast Amelia Asmar. One of the Fritz paintings shows local jazz saxophonist and band-leader Joe Occhipinti. The other depicts the late world-famous jazz pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines. For[…]

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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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