Album Reviews

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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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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