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George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson – The Swingin's Mutual (1961)

George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson – The Swingin's Mutual (1961)

George Shearing, the sightless bebop-influenced pianist best known for the 1952 jazz standard “Lullaby of Birdland,” died today of congestive heart failure at age 91. Here’s a look back at a favorite Shearing release, done alongside singer Nancy Wilson … by Nick DeRiso One of the smartest things Nancy Wilson ever did was start singing at the Blue Morocco inRead More

Something Else! Reviews on the 2011 Grammy winners

Something Else! Reviews on the 2011 Grammy winners

Checking in with our thoughts on a few of tonight’s winners from the 2011 Grammy Awards, including the Black Keys – the top-rated Something Else! Reviews record from last year — as well as Buddy Guy, Neil Young, Stanley Clarke, Paul McCartney and Mavis Staples, among others. Click through the album titles for more … THE BLACK KEYS, BROTHERS (winnerRead More

Alvin Batiste – Marsalis Music Honors Series (2007)

Alvin Batiste – Marsalis Music Honors Series (2007)

Photo by Jim Eigo by Nick DeRiso People think of clarinets as this sound from a different era, and the guys who play them as having done so in black and white. The late Alvin Batiste, who initially found his muse in Charlie Parker‘s “Now’s the Time,” was never that way. His isn’t a same-ole, same-ole southland sound so muchRead More

Jonathan Parker – Jonathan Parker Group (2010)

Jonathan Parker – Jonathan Parker Group (2010)

Photo from www.Jonathan-Parker.com by S. Victor Aaron Many up and coming jazz artists we’ve covered here typically come from just about every corner of the U.S.A., attend a prestigious music school and, perhaps after some intermediate stop at a regional jazz hub, eventually end up in the intensely competitive but vibrant environs of New York City. After all, “if youRead More

Sasha Masakowski – Wishes and Take Your City EPs

Sasha Masakowski – Wishes and Take Your City EPs

Photo from www.SashaMasakowski.com by Nick DeRiso Sasha Masakowski, at once fearless and charming, is featured on two new EPs, one as a leader with Musical Playground (a sampling from the forthcoming next-gen jazz recording Wishes on Hypersoul Records) and another as part of the New Orleans indie rock/electronic band Bionica on Take Your City. Across these nine songs, we discoverRead More

BANN (Seamus Blake/Jay Anderson/Oz Noy/Adam Nussbaum) – As You Like (2011)

BANN (Seamus Blake/Jay Anderson/Oz Noy/Adam Nussbaum) – As You Like (2011)

photo: Jazz Eyes Records by S. Victor Aaron BANN is a jazz supergroup of sorts, consisting of saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Jay Anderson, guitarist Oz Noy and drummer Adam Nussbaum. We know how supergroups can be hit-or-miss affairs; either egos clash and the different voices don’t click together, or they come together naturally to create something that can be veryRead More

Peter Hum – A Boy's Journey (2010)

Peter Hum – A Boy's Journey (2010)

photo: Bruno Schlumberger by S. Victor Aaron Peter Hum is, in a few ways, like me. We’re a couple of middle-aged guys who both love jazz, love to write about jazz and critique jazz records, and post our reviews on the internet. I’ve been an admirer of Hum’s jazz blog of the online version of the Ottawa Citizen for severalRead More

Pablo Embon – Second Chances (2011)

One Track Mind: Shawn Bell Quintet, "Requiem For Lovers" (2010)

One Track Mind: Shawn Bell Quintet, "Requiem For Lovers" (2010)

Photo from Shawn Bell’s Facebook fan page by S. Victor Aaron The young trombonist Shawn Bell didn’t attend one of those big name prestigious music schools in the Northeast, nor is a player in the hustle and bustle of New York City’s intense jazz scene, but just listen to his debut album from last year Things Yet Unknown and youRead More

Ralph Bowen – Power Play (2011)

Ralph Bowen – Power Play (2011)

photo courtesy of Posi-Tone Records by S. Victor Aaron It seems like it was not even a year since we were last here chatting up a new Ralph Bowen CD, and checking back, there actually is less than twelve months between his last one, Due Reverence and this one due out on February 8, Power Play. That makes his thirdRead More