Vocalists

Pete McGuinness – Strength in Numbers (2014)

Pete McGuinness – Strength in Numbers (2014)

There is a serious big band push to Strength in Numbers, the new disc from the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra. The Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, trombonist, and vocalist fronts an impressive group of New York players and sinks every ounce of his creative impulse into the material

Something Else! Interview: Jazz singer Barb Jungr

Something Else! Interview: Jazz singer Barb Jungr

Singer Barb Jungr is enjoying herself lately. With trips, tours and events, she is kept very busy. One important reason is she is in possession of something a lot of people want: her voice.

Barb Jungr – Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (2014)

Barb Jungr – Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (2014)

Barb Jungr has a powerful tool in the box — and that is her voice. Combine this with the powerful songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and a group of good musicians, and you have something which has the potential to blow your mind

Jim Grant – You Go To My Head (2014)

Jim Grant – You Go To My Head (2014)

If there’s a real-world sensibility to this record, a firm grasp on the passion it takes to withstand hard times, you can credit Jim Grant’s resume as a working man. If there’s a remarkable eloquence to his phrasing, look to this Chicago vocalist’s time at the Bloom School of Jazz.

Nikki Lerner – Longings (2014)

Nikki Lerner – Longings (2014)

Nikki Lerner’s Longings isn’t the sad embrace its title seems to indicate. Instead, it’s a journey of understanding, an attempt to make sense of this life’s unknowable complexities — with all of the small triumphs, the sudden pitfalls and the ardent moments associated with such things.

Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca DuMaine – Better Than Anything (2014)

Dave Miller Trio with Rebecca DuMaine – Better Than Anything (2014)

Father and daughter unite to make beautiful music on Better Than Anything, the lovely new release from vocalist Rebecca DuMaine and the Dave Miller Trio.

On Second Thought: David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014)

On Second Thought: David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014)

Pianist and arranger David Ian has already proven his mastery of Christmas with two recordings for the holidays, so it perhaps stands to reason that he’d focus his lens elsewhere. Valentine’s Day is just the ticket, another day marked by love.

One Track Mind: Beth Hart, “Baddest Blues” from Where Blues Meets  Rock Vol. 9 (2014)

One Track Mind: Beth Hart, “Baddest Blues” from Where Blues Meets Rock Vol. 9 (2014)

Beth Hart has crafted a reputation for scalding, Joplin-esque barnburners. But “Baddest Blues” is nothing like that.

Taeko Fukao – Wonderland (2013)

Taeko Fukao – Wonderland (2013)

Perhaps the most captivating out of many captivating things found on Taeko Fukao’s Wonderland is the choices the Japanese-born, New York-based songstress makes.

Karrin Allyson – Yuletide Hideaway (2013)

Karrin Allyson – Yuletide Hideaway (2013)

Some Christmas songs, you don’t mess with. It’s perfectly fine to take “Winter Wonderland” at an unusually contemplative pace, and to update “Let It Snow” with a B-3. But Karrin Allyson plays it straight — as she must — with Charlie Brown.