Album Reviews

Nat King Cole Jazz Encounters

Nat King Cole’s Jazz Encounters

Nat King Cole’s centennial was March 17, resulting in many tribute albums being released this year. However, good as some of those homages are, none

Three Blind Mice Jazz

Three Blind Mice See How They Run

Highly skilled trios are common enough playing advanced swing or thoughtful chamber jazz and the members of Three Blind Mice are certainly capable of both.

Erik Silk Blues down south

Eric Silk Blues Down South

Banjoist Eric Silk may be somewhat forgotten today but during 1955-58 he and his Southern Jazz Band recorded 32 songs for the British Esquire label;

Revisionists Let me off uptown

The Revisionists Let Me Off Uptown

The Revisionists’ debut album captures a classic vocal swing sound you wouldn’t think possible. Like an early 50s Anita O’Day lp that becomes a house

Vintage Acker Bilk

Vintage Acker Bilk

Clarinetist Acker Bilk (1929-2014) will always be best remembered by the general public for his 1962 hit “Stranger On The Shore” which featured his low-register

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Ulysses Jasz Band Odyssey

I had the wrong idea about the Ulysses Jasz Band. When I popped in their album I was expecting a hot West Coast style band.

Svetlana Night at the Movies

Svetlana Night at the Movies

Syncopated Times readers will remember Svetlana from her hot band The Delancy Five, who are a staple of the New York traditional jazz scene and

Vitality Five Syncopation Gone Mad

The Vitality Five Syncopation Gone Mad

If you’ve heard even 30 seconds of this album you’ve probably already run off to buy it. Every moment of this record is chillingly good

Art Tatum Piano Starts Here

Art Tatum Piano Starts Here

(Jazz Classic of the Month) Art Tatum was amazing. Arguably the greatest musician to ever perform jazz, Tatum could play piano with blinding speed and

Mary Elkins Fat Daddy

Marty Elkins Fat Daddy

Marty Elkins is a delightful swing singer who deserves to be better-known. She worked with pianist Dave McKenna when she was attending college in Boston

Ed Clute A Summer Night's Magic

Ed Clute A Summer Night’s Magic

A Summer Night’s Magic, on Rivermont Records, is a set of piano solos by blind virtuoso Ed Clute, performed at his home in Watkins Glen,

Chris Barber and the Clarinet Kings

Chris Barber & The Clarinet Kings

British bandleader-trombonist Chris Barber was very fortunate to have two great clarinetists in his band for extended periods: Monty Sunshine (1953-60) and Ian Wheeler (1961-68).

Brad Kay and Kurt Nauck

Brad Kay My Dinner With Kurt Nauck III

Imagine visiting a friend who owns a huge 78 collection, and enjoying an evening discussing music and life with him while your friend pulls out

Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band The Boy in the Boat

Shake-em-Up Jazz Band The Boy In The Boat

The latest Shake-em-Up Jazz Band CD, The Boy In The Boat, was released just prior to their second European tour which included Brittany, France; Herrang,

Scott Hamilton Danish Ballads

Scott Hamilton Danish Ballads…& More

Since he burst upon the national jazz scene in the mid-1970s, tenor-saxophonist Scott Hamilton has been remarkably consistent. A world-class player from the start, he

off the cuff Reeder and Dag

Reeder & Dag Off​-​the​-​Cuff

Two complementary musicians with distinct approaches to career “rendezvous in a Manhattan apartment” and record spontaneous arrangements of American Songbook material. Grand piano and snare

Johnny Guarnieri Plays Harry Warren

Johnny Guarnieri Plays Harry Warren

Johnny Guarnieri Plays Harry Warren is a single CD that has been reissued as a companion to the wonderful Guarnieri biography, Superstride by Derek Coller

Les Disques De La Victory

Les Disques De La Victoires 1943-1949

V-Discs (short for “Victory Discs”) hold a unique place in music history. During 1943-49, special recording sessions were held to produce 78s that were specifically

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The Frankie Newton Collection 1929-46

Trumpeter Frankie Newton (1906-54) receives career spanning treatment in his own three-CD set from the Acrobat label which has excellent liner notes by Paul Watts.

McDermott Meets Joplin

Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin

This extended performance goes off in unimagined, jaw-dropping directions as McDermott creates a new masterpiece from Joplin’s greatest classic.

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The Nat Gonella Collection 1930-62

He was Great Britain’s first major jazz star. Trumpeter-singer Nat Gonella (1908-98) could be thought of as the British Louis Armstrong since Satch was his

Chicago Cellar Boys Happy Feet 78 rpm

The Chicago Cellar Boys Release 78 rpm Record

The Chicago Cellar Boys simmer in that same stew of early recordings, having listened beyond what makes it onto compilation discs, and it makes the jazz they play all the hotter.

Ellynne Rey The Birdsong Project

Ellynne Rey: The Birdsongs Project

It all began late last spring after singer Ellynne Rey experienced a spate of unusual “life” bird sightings as well as striking rarities such as

Ricky Alexander Photo by Melissa Daum

Ricky Alexander Strike Up The Band

Ricky Alexander is the quintessential New York jazzman of the twenty-teens. After being exposed to civic and legacy bands while growing up in the DC

wolverine jazz band tell me

The Wolverine Jazz Band: Tell Me

The Wolverine Jazz band has been providing hot traditional jazz all over the North East and at festivals nationwide for almost 25 years. They’ve maintained

McDermott Meets Joplin

Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin

It is felt by many that when one plays a rag, the pianist should stick exactly to the written music, treating it as if it

King Oliver Creole Jazz Band Chicago

Louis Armstrong on Paramount

The GHB/Jazzology collection of labels includes Paramount. While Paramount is primarily known for its large assortment of classic and country blues recordings, it also documented

cropped parrott 300x169 - Nicki Parrott New York to Paris

Nicki Parrott New York to Paris

Nicki Parrott started her career in her native Australia before jazz took her to New York in 1994. Since then she has become a true

Nirav Sanghani and the Pacific Six Album Cover

Nirav Sanghani and the Pacific Six

Nirav Sanghani pulled in an all-star crew for his first release with his Pacific Six. Clint Baker is on trombone for the opening track and

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Frog and Henry England 2019

Frog and Henry are the most interesting of several cooperative bands with fluid lineups coming together around a musical idea. In their case, that idea

Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy Album Cover

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy is arguably Satch’s finest recording of the 1950s. At the time, the Louis Armstrong All-Stars included trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist

Jimmie Noone Apex Blues Decca

Jimmie Noone Apex Blues

Jimmie Noone (1895-1944) was one of the great clarinetists to emerge from New Orleans. Compared to Sidney Bechet and Johnny Dodds, Noone had a softer

Vintage Bob Wallis 300x300 - Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

The British Lake label has reissued hundreds of valuable sessions by most of the best-known and most influential trad players of the 1950s and ’60s

Jonathan Ng Dreaming on my Feet

Jonathan Ng: Dreaming On My Feet

Jonathan Ng, is a lindy hop, balboa, and blues dancer with classical violin training. He traveled widely with Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, a band that

jill Corey - Jill Corey: Let’s Go To Town

Jill Corey: Let’s Go To Town

Let’s Go To Town has four National Guard radio shows that probably date from 1961. While the pitching for the National Guard (and its “up-to-the-minute

Boppin With Zig

The Complete Ziggy Elman 1947-52

Ziggy Elman (1914-68) could have been a contender but he waited too long to start his own big band. Born Harry Finkleman, he learned to

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