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Benny Green: Naturally

Oscar Peterson had one. Nat Cole had one. Now piano man Benny Green, in his first Telarc release as a leader, offers some new takes on the jazz trio. Long-time friends and musical colleagues Russell Malone (guitar) and Christian McBride … Continue reading

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Mat Maneri Quartet: Blue Decco

In the ’60s, jazz took a turn toward rock and there was fusion. Now violinist Mat Maneri leads a quartet of New York’s finest improvisors in a spirited update of pre-fusion ’60s jazz, paying homage to such legends as Eric … Continue reading

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The Clayton Brothers: Siblingity

There was the Clayton Brothers Quartet, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; now the Clayton Brothers, John (bass) and Jeff (saxophone), have added a quintet to their jazz incarnations. They’ve also added a word to the English language: for more on … Continue reading

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Maria Schneider: Allegresse

Composer and arranger Maria Schneider’s music has been described as somewhere between avant-garde jazz and modern classical. Labels aside, her goal and inspiration for her new album is a simple one: she wants to make beautiful music. Released: 10/30/2000 Label: … Continue reading

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James Armstrong: Got It Goin’ On

Bluesman James Armstrong is back, two years after a crazed intruder’s attack left his fretting hand useless and his young son severely injured. His son is nearly recovered, and his left hand is slowly mending. "I’m the best two-fingered guitarist … Continue reading

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Tom Burris: Jabbering Trout

Eclectic songwriter/guitarist Tom Burris steps out in the Big Apple with a new (since his last CD) group, a batch of new songs, and a new producer (John Alagia of Dave Matthews fame). Released: 10/1/2000 Label: Safari Records Genre: Rock … Continue reading

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Larry Vuckovich: Young at Heart

San Francisco-based keyboard veteran Larry Vuckovich gathers an all-star cast to create a solid groove in tribute to Lester Young, Count Basie, Charlie Parker and other past masters. Released: 9/26/2000 Label: OGL Genre: Jazz All Larry Vuckovich profiles… Tribute To … Continue reading

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Marian McPartland: The Single Petal of a Rose

Marian McPartland pays tribute to a music legend who was also her mentor and friend— Duke Ellington. Recorded live at Berkeley’s famed Maybeck Recital Studio. Released: 8/22/2000 Label: Concord Visit Artist’s Website… Genre: Jazz All Marian McPartland profiles… The Single … Continue reading

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John Cage: Atlas Eclipticalis & Winter Music; 103 (Petr Kotik, conductor)

This major (4 CD) presentation of three orchestral pieces by musical revolutionary John Cage, conducted by his friend and colleague Petr Kotik, includes Cage’s first and last orchestral compositions, and the last performance of pianist David Tudor. Released: 1/1/1999 Label: … Continue reading

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Pete Escovedo: Emusic

Pete Escovedo and family (daughter Shiela E co-produced and played drums, son Peter Michael and wife Juanita joined on percussion) combine forces with some of L.A.’s top Latin jazz players on a journey through Mr. E’s musical influences. Released: 7/11/2000 … Continue reading

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