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David Paul Mesler, with Tony Rondolone – Moonsongs (2011)

Pianist David Paul Mesler and saxophonist Tony Rondolone offer 13 takes on a theme during the appropriately titled Moonsongs, an album perfectly suited for twilight

Geoff Vidal – She Likes That (2011)

The toughest part about writing this review has been trying to decide if I should file it under the jazz category or the fusion jazz category. And whenever that conundrum happens, it’s usually a good sign for the record.

Half Notes: Ted Rosenthal Trio – Out Of This World (2011)

A mainstream jazz pianist leading a trio through a set of tunes out of the Great American Songbook doesn’t signal that the record is going to set the jazz world on fire with a cutting edge material and indeed, Out Of This World by the Ted Rosenthal Trio doesn’t deliver that kind of music. Still, it’s pleasing to hear RosenthalRead More

One Track Mind: Tony Bennett with Amy Winehouse, "Body and Soul" (2011)

You hear, for one final time, the promise of Amy Winehouse — if only in the way she can so expertly imitate the memorable phrasing of Dinah Washington.

The Bennie Maupin Ensemble – Penumbra (2006)

by Mark Saleski Back in the dark ages (read: before the Internet) I spent a fair amount of time searching out new music by paying very close attention to the listings of my local public and classical radio stations.

Christie Winn – Closer to Home (2011)

Singer-pianist Christie Winn, a performer who crackles with spontaneity, pushes Closer to Home into every corner of her craft. Her deft ability to sound both quiet and strong, rhythmic and yet lucid, soulful and still multi-dimensional makes the album a consistently engaging delight.

Best of September 2011: Reader picks include Lindsey Buckingham, Thomas Dolby and Rockpile

Here’s a look back at the Top 10 stories from last month on SomethingElseReviews.com, based on page views from our readers.

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton, "Layla" (2011): One Track Mind

After a desultory, red-light district blast of horns, the Wynton Marsalis-led Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra settles into this funereal rhythm, swaying from side to side as Eric Clapton rips off a few blues-simmered, heartfelt asides. If you hadn’t checked the liner notes, the song itself — a signature moment for the guitarist as a member of Derek and theRead More

Marcus Strickland – Triumph Of The Heavy, Volumes 1 & 2 (2011)

The story continues. Yesterday saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s new, double-disc record Triumph Of The Heavy, Volumes 1 & 2 went on sale, and the narrative of this record begins where the story of his prior one, Idiosyncrasies (2009), left off.

Christian McBride Big Band – The Good Feeling (2011)

In a way, Christian McBride has been working on this big-band project all along. The talented jazz bassist’s interest in this format began almost 20 years ago