Album Reviews

Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows

Duke Ellington’s Treasury Shows

From Apr. 7, 1945 through Nov. 1945 and again from Apr-Oct. 1946, Duke Ellington and his orchestra appeared on a weekly series of 55-minute programs

On The Levee Jazz Band

On The Levee Jazz Band

On The Levee Jazz Band Swinging New Orleans Jazz: For Dancing—Or Just ListeningSwinging New Orleans Jazz For Dancing – Or Just Listening! by On The

Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs

Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs

Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs by Twerk Thomsontwerkophonic.bandcamp.com Tyler “Twerk” Thomson is a spectacular young bass player much in demand

Nights at the Turntable November 2018

Valaida Snow: Queen Of Trumpet & Song

Valaida Snow (1904-56) was a unique performer. Virtually the only female to become a superior swing trumpeter in the 1930s (she was preceded by Dolly

Nights at the Turntable November 2018

Two Top British Clarinetists Remembered

In the 1950s and ’60s, Monty Sunshine (1928-2010) and Terry Lightfoot (1935-2013) were household names in the world of British trad, playing in styles inspired

British Jam Sessions

British Jam Sessions

Trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, who led one of the top British 1920s-inspired trad bands of 1949-55, was given a lot of heat and criticism from his

Nights at the Turntable November 2018

Jimmy Dorsey’s Sweet Side

A major jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist in the 1920s, Jimmy Dorsey co-led the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra with younger brother Tommy during 1934-35 until a blowup

Nights at the Turntable November 2018

Tom Hook’s Unusual Dream Project

Tom Hook is best known as a fluent and good-humored stride pianist and singer. In his career he was a founding member of the New

Hendrik Meurkens on Two New Albums

Hendrik Meurkens on Two New Albums

Cabin in the Sky Hendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonica; Bill Cunliffe, piano Height Advantage (hendrikmuerkens.com) Music from the Heart Roger Davidson Quartet featuring Hendrik Meurkens Soundbrush

Ragtime Wizardry on Rivermont

Ragtime Wizardry on Rivermont

While 2017 is being celebrated as the centennial of jazz’s first recordings, it is also the 100th anniversary of Scott Joplin’s death. The ragtime era,

Nights at the Turntable February 2017

Danny Tobias Complete Abandon

COMPLETE ABANDON An excellent swing trumpeter with a warm sound and a melodic improvising style, Danny Tobias is best-known for his association with the Midiri

Roseanna Vitro- Tell Me The Truth

Roseanna Vitro- Tell Me The Truth

Roseanna Vitro Tell Me The Truth Skyline Records  An open commentary on current affairs and a return to her Southern roots, Tell me The Truth

Doro Wat- Album Review

Doro Wat- Album Review

Doro Wat – Doro Wat CD Available Here. Or Digital Download From BandcampDoro Wat by Doro Wat They have a Friday night gig at Three

Ce Biguine! by Charlie Halloran

Ce Biguine! by Charlie Halloran

Ce Biguine! by Charlie Halloran When I’m preparing for a review I often write the artist for a comment. If I’m lucky I get a

Whiskey Moon Face

Whiskey Moon Face

I’ve recently reviewed two traditional jazz albums featuring the distinctive vocals of Louisa Jones. (Man Overboard Qunitet, The Cable Street Rag Band.) She is accompanied

Nights at the Turntable March 2017

Louis Armstrong- The Decca Singles 1949-58

LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S DECCA SINGLES 46 years after his death, Louis Armstrong is still the most famous, beloved and influential figure in jazz history. As an

Banu Gibson- By Myself

Banu Gibson- By Myself

BANU GIBSON’S BY MYSELF It has been too long since Banu Gibson recorded. One of the major New Orleans jazz and swing singers of the

The 8-Bit Big Band- Press Start!

The 8-Bit Big Band- Press Start!

Press Start! by The 8-Bit Big Band Charlie Rosen wrangled dozens of musicians into a big band to perform quality arrangements of classic video game

Wit's End Brass Band

Wit’s End Brass Band

Wit’s End Brass Band by Wit’s End Brass Band Everyone knows all the cool kids are in band, but if you needed proof this album

Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows Vol. 25

Duke Ellington’s Treasury Shows Vol. 25

DUKE ELLINGTON’S TREASURY SHOWS Duke Ellington and his orchestra were featured on a series of weekly radio programs during 1945-46 that became known as The

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders

MICHAEL GAMBLE’S RHYTHM SERENADERS Swing lives! While the big band era ended in 1946, Swing (the noun rather than the verb) never went away. Whether

Cable Street Rag Band- Dust

Cable Street Rag Band- Dust

Dust by Cable Street Rag Band Had this album been available twenty years ago I am certain that I would still be listening to it

Frog and Henry- Two Self Titled Albums

Frog and Henry- Two Self Titled Albums

Frog and Henry consider themselves a New Orleans based band, and they have fine reasons to do so. As a collective, they’ve included members from Tuba

Shotgun Jazz Band- Steppin on the Gas

Shotgun Jazz Band- Steppin on the Gas

THE SHOTGUN JAZZ BANDSteppin On The Gas by Shotgun Jazz Band BUY PHYSICAL CD One of the top vintage jazz bands performing regularly these days

Danny Bacher- Still Happy

Danny Bacher- Still Happy

Danny Bacher: Still Happy Whaling City Sound (2018) dannybachermusic.com  Danny Bacher received rave reviews for his 2016 debut album, Swing That Music, on which he covered a

Daisy Castro: Déviation & World on Fire

Daisy Castro: Déviation & World on Fire

Our October issue features a long interview with violin phenom Daisy Castro. She’s developed as a musician, and as a person,  since startling the Jazz

Nights at the Turntable September 2017

Will Perkins: Snowy Morning Blues

WILL PERKINS Will Perkins, 23 at the time of recording Snowy Morning Blues, is a talented ragtime and stride pianist from California. He has a

Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg: Three Albums Compared

I have the pleasure to review this month three albums from a remarkable talent known to many readers of The Syncopated Times; trumpeter and vocalist

The Rhythm Gamblers Swing Music Revival

The Rhythm Gamblers Swing Music Revival

The Rhythm Gamblers by The Rhythm GamblersThe Rhythm Gamblers Swing Music Revival therhythmgamblers.bandcamp.com The Rhythm Gamblers lean on the mature and experienced side of the

Gentlemen and Gangsters Live at 2Lång

Gentlemen and Gangsters Live at 2Lång

Last Call by Gentlemen & GangstersGentlemen and Gangsters Live at 2Lång gentlemenandgangsters.bandcamp.com The Gentlemen & Gangsters are a hard-swinging sextet of true professionals with a

Rhythm Junkies- Drunk Sessions

Rhythm Junkies- Drunk Sessions

Drunk Sessions by Rhythm JunkiesRhythm Junkies Drunk Sessions rhythmjunkies.bandcamp.com Stretching to eleven members and having survived for over a decade Lithuania’s Rhythm Junkies are as

Cait and the Critters: Cat’n Around

Cait and the Critters: Cat’n Around

Cat’n Around by Cait and the Critters After agreeing to bring her band to a gig, Cait Jones suddenly found herself needing a band. A few

An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis

An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis

An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis —Kalamazoo Troubadour Jass Records Trombonist and record producer Delfeayo Marsalis has produced his first live album. The group here group

Christmas With Champian Fulton

Christmas With Champian Fulton

Christmas With Champian is the seventh recording for this accomplished New York City based pianist/vocalist. She is supported by bassist David Williams, drummer Fukushi Tainaka,

CD Review: Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

CD Review: Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

Blood Moon Dave Bennett Mack Avenue Records Clarinetist Dave Bennett performs on his new CD, Blood Moon, with a small combo. He has a mix

Professor Peter: I Picks Up My Ukulele

Professor Peter: I Picks Up My Ukulele

I Picks Up My Ukulele Professor Peter www.profp.nl Owing to the transmission over the internet of my radio program, RADIOLA!, I’ve found friends and listeners

Open Book- Fred Hersch, solo piano

Open Book- Fred Hersch, solo piano

Open Book Fred Hersch, solo piano Palmetto Records, 2017 Fred Hersch, prolific composer, and pianist releases his newest solo CD and LP to coincide with

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