Album Reviews

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

The Frankie Newton Collection 1929-46

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.

The Nat Gonella Collection 1930-62

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

Daryl Sherman Lost in a Crowded Place

Daryl Sherman: Lost in a Crowded Place

A veteran of the New York City Jazz scene known for taking deep dives into the American Songbook Daryl Sherman delivers on her latest album,

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

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

Frog and Henry England 2019

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

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: 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

The Royal Klobasneks

The Royal Klobasneks: Here We Go

In anticipation of reviewing Here We Go! I found myself excitedly in line at the Pulaski Meat Market, a landmark institution anchoring a quiet corner

Ruth Etting Color

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me

One of the most popular singers of the 1926-37 period, Ruth Etting (1897-1978) may not have technically been a jazz singer since she did not

Roger Wolfe Kahn 1925-1932 Jazz Oracle

Roger Wolfe Kahn 1925-1932

Roger Wolfe Kahn was the son of millionaire banker Otto Kahn. He loved jazz from an early age (as did his father) and, while he

William McNally Dream Shadows

William McNally’s Dream Shadows

A brilliant pianist who first played at Carnegie Hall when he was nine, William McNally is not only an expert on ragtime but on its

Catherine Russell Alone Together Album Cover

Catherine Russell Alone Together

Her story has become increasingly well-known during the past decade. The daughter of pianist-arranger Luis Russell (who during 1929-31 led one of jazz’s great bands)

Duke Ellington Live at Ciro's Album Cover

Duke Ellington Live At Ciros

In Duke Ellington’s career, it is not an exaggeration to say that he and his orchestra were in their prime from mid-1926 when they found

Joe Venuti's Blue Five Swing

Joe Venuti’s Blue Five Swing

Joe Venuti, the first and some would say best jazz violinist, recorded consistently brilliant performances both as a leader and a sideman during 1925-35. The

Terry Lightfoot and His New Olreans Jazzmen 1964

Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen

Terry Lightfoot (1935-2013) was a significant British trad clarinetist and bandleader for several decades. After leading a band in 1952 and serving in the RAF,

Susie Arioli- Spring album cover

Susie Arioli- Spring

Canadian jazz singer Susie Arioli on her prior recordings has generally been teamed up with guitarist Jordan Officer, performing swing standards in intimate settings. Her

Bad Rhythm 5th Avenue Breakdown Album Cover

B.A.D. Rhythm- 5th Avenue Breakdown

Pianist Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots were getting ready to record their fifth duo album when, spontaneously on the day of the session, they

Carl Sonny Leyland House Party album cover

Carl Sonny Leyland’s House Party

While he is well known in the classic jazz circuit as one of the top boogie-woogie and blues pianists around today, Carl Sonny Leyland (who