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Norman Vickers

CD Review: ‘Manhattan Samba’

MANHATTAN SAMBAHendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonicaHeight Advantage, Oct. 2020 This is a delightful presentation of Brazilian style samba music featuring chromatic harmonica virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens.  Meurkens started as a vibraphone player but heard Toots Thielemans as a teen-ager and then concentrated on chromatic harmonica.  Originally from Germany and having spent time in Brazil, his longtime home…

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Norman Vickers

CD Review: ‘The Rebecca Kilgore Trio, Vol. 1’

THE REBECCA KILGORE TRIO—VOL.1Rebecca Kilgore, vocals; Randy Porter, piano and Tom Wakeling, bassWith Dick Titterington, cornetHeavywood—HW7 1993 Here is another excellent CD by vocalist Rebecca Kilgore with Randy Porter on piano and doing the recording/arranging chores. Tom Wakeling plays bass and cornetist Dick Titterington guests on cornet for some numbers. Becky has appeared on many…

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Norman Vickers

CD Review: Steel Jazz Trio and Friends: ‘Black Licorice’

Black LicoriceSteel Jazz Trio and FriendsSelf-produced This is an unusual jazz album—pedal steel guitar is a rarely-used instrument in jazz recording and this is a self-produced album by a group who came together in the music department at Five Towns College on Long Island, NY. On this CD there are fourteen original compositions making an…

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Norman Vickers

CD Review: Allan Vache’: ‘It Might As Well Be Swing’

Allan Vache’: It Might As Well Be SwingArbors Records, ARCD 19461 Here’s a CD which should appeal to clarinet and swing enthusiasts. As the title suggests all ten songs are familiar swing tunes. And there’s a special surprise in that Allan Vache’ brings in his wife Vanessa and a third clarinetist, Erin Davis-Guiles, on a…

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Chip Shelton Book and CDs now at Jazz Room

Most Jazz Pensacola members are likely acquainted with Chip Shelton, New York dental specialist, jazz flautist and brother of our member, Ron Shelton. Chip has performed for Jazz Pensacola at various times. The last was about a year and a half ago when he performed for a Jazz Jam. Chip and Ron had just returned…

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Remembering Bob Haggart

Bassist Bob Haggart (1914 -1998) was a remarkable person in many ways. He’s known to most as a string bassist. But he was also a composer and talented artist. He was guest bassist for the three Pensacola Jazz Parties 1989-1991 and at the 1991 event, trumpeter Yank Lawson also attended. Lawson had been a colleague…

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Chance meeting with guitarist/singer Blind Willie McTell

While in medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, I discovered a blind 12-string guitarist named Blind Willie McTell who played at a drive-in near my rental apartment. He was an interesting singer who played a 12-string guitar, the first I’d ever seen and heard. I was intrigued by this man because of many reasons.…

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Norman Vickers

CD Reviews: ‘Cabin in the Sky,’ ‘Music From the Heart’

Cabin in the SkyHendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonica; Bill Cunliffe, pianoHeight Advantage Music from the HeartRoger Davidson Quartet featuring Hendrik MeurkensSoundbrush Records The common factor, of course, 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 together for…