Album Reviews

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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Christmas After Midnight

Christmas After Midnight

“After Midnight has its roots buried deep in the Benny Goodman Sextet tradition.  Same instrumentation – clarinet, vibraphone, piano, guitar, bass and drums – and

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Nights at the Turntable January 2019

Floyd Domino’s All-Stars

After a period of decline, small-group swing made a major comeback in the mid-1970s with the rise in prominence of tenor-saxophonist Scott Hamilton and cornetist

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Nights at the Turntable January 2019

Dave McKenna In Madison

Dave McKenna (1930-2008) had a piano style that was difficult to resist. When he played hard-swinging pieces, his left hand’s urgent bass lines lifted up

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Nights at the Turntable January 2019

Albert Nicholas in Europe

One of the finest clarinetists to emerge from New Orleans and be active in the 1920s, Albert Nicholas (1900-73) worked with King Oliver, Jelly Roll

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Stylings of Champian

Stylings of Champian

Champian Fulton seems much too young to be on her tenth album, but here it is. A double-CD of swinging music highlighting her artful vocals.

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Henry Acker: 14

Henry Acker: 14

Syncopated Times readers were introduced to guitarist Henry Acker back in March of 2017 by our Jazz Travels writer Bill Hoffman. Bill discovered Acker at

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On the Levee Jazz Band Album

On The Levee Jazz Band

The On The Levee Jazz Band takes its name from a San Francisco nightclub owned by Kid Ory between 1958 and 1961. The group was

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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

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The Jimmy Dorsey Hits Collection 1935-1957

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

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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

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Doro Wat

Doro Wat

They have a Friday night gig at Three Muses, their album was recorded at The Spotted Cat and engineered by John Dixon of the Shotgun

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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

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Wit's End Brass Band

Wit’s End Brass Band

Everyone knows all the cool kids are in band, but if you needed proof this album is it. 24 or more active musicians from New

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Danny Bacher- Still Happy

Danny Bacher- Still Happy

Danny Bacher received rave reviews for his 2016 debut album, Swing That Music, on which he covered a variety of tracks by the three Louis’-

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