Album Reviews

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)

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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

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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

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The Silver Bell Jazz Band

The Silver Bell Jazz Band

The West Coast traditional jazz scene has been gaining steam recently with phenomenal new bands stepping up as many from a previous generation retire. I’m

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Cy Laurie Blows Blue Hot album cover

Cy Laurie Blows Blue Hot

Johnny Dodds had such a distinctive style on clarinet in the 1920s, that during his lifetime very few (other than Jimmy O’Bryant) tried to sound

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Irving Aronson Rivermont Album cover

The Rivermont Label Digs Deep

Bryan Wright’s Rivermont label has released many rewarding recordings featuring hot jazz combos, ragtime, and novelty ragtime pianists, bands from the 1920s, and other miscellaneous

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Scott Robinson Tenormore album

Scott Robinson Tenormore

Some reviews almost write themselves; this is a prime example. Scott Robinson has produced a CD about his longtime love affair with his 1924 Conn

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Nights st the Turntable July 2016

Echoes of Swing: Dancing

Echoes of Swing is a European quartet comprised of Colin T. Dawson on trumpet and occasional vocals, altoist Chris Hopkins, pianist Bernd Lhotzky and drummer

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Adam Swanson- Revival Ragtime

Adam Swanson- Revival Ragtime

Ragtime was largely underground during 1917-72 with short-lived mini-revivals taking place every decade or so until its use in The Sting (1973) resulted in not

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The Syncopation Society of Berlin

The Syncopation Society of Berlin

Promotional Sampler – Syncopation Society by Artists represented by Syncopation Society BerlinSometimes things just fit in perfectly. In this case, Syncopation Society Berlin and The

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Bing Crosby Jazz Singer 1931-1941

Bing Crosby Jazz Singer 1931-1941

Bing Crosby could sing anything except opera and sound perfectly relaxed, whether it was romantic ballads, Irish songs, patriotic numbers, novelties, or swinging romps. The

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The Great Revival 1949-58

The Great Revival 1949-58

Among his many projects for his Lake label, years ago Paul Adams acquired and reissued most of the British trad jazz recordings that were originally

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Grab Your Candy Jacket

Grab Your Candy Jacket

The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is home to several of today’s West Coast stars of swing led by drummer Josh Collazo. They specialize in original compositions paying

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