Album Reviews

The Unheard Artie Shaw

The Unheard Artie Shaw

No, the music on The Unheard Artie Shaw does not contain new recordings by the great clarinetist. Instead, the set released by the Hep label

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Christmas with Champian

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,

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Dave Bennett Blood Moon

Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

Clarinetist Dave Bennett performs on his new CD, Blood Moon, with a small combo. He has a mix of original compositions co-written with record producer

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Christmas with Champian

Christmas with Champian

Pianist-vocalist Champian Fulton’s new release, Christmas with Champian is a Jazz Christmas album that actually swings. Champian here offers us a charming program of her

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West Coast Jazz 1922-27

West Coast Jazz 1922-27

The Jazz Oracle label can always be depended upon to reissue and repackage excellent hot jazz from the 1920s. Quite a few New Orleans jazz

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Nights at the Turntable October 2017

The Salt Lake City 7

It all began back in 2010 when the Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band was organized at Brigham Young University. Trumpeter Austie Robinson, trombonist Brian Woodbury, and

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Vintage Sandy Brown

Vintage Sandy Brown

Since its formation in 1984 as a subsidiary of Fellside Recordings, Lake Records has compiled and released a large assortment of high-quality traditional jazz with

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Larry Ham and Woody Witt: Presence

Larry Ham and Woody Witt: Presence

This independently produced CD features tenor saxophonist Woody Witt collaborating with pianist Larry Ham’s trio. Rounding out the group are bassist Lee Hudson and drummer

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Adrian Cunningham: Jazz Speak

Adrian Cunningham: Jazz Speak

Australian jazz musician Adrian Cunningham fronts a prestigious quartet which includes pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist John Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Cunningham is now based

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Jabbo Smith 1929

Jabbo Smith 1929-1938

In 1929 Jabbo Smith, who turned 21 that Christmas Eve, was arguably the second best trumpeter in jazz behind Louis Armstrong. While one could hold

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Nat King Cole Trio Zurich 1950

Nat King Cole: Zurich 1950

Although it is not obvious while listening to Nat King Cole’s live set from Zurich, Switzerland (performed on Oct. 19, 1950 and only previously available

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Rossano Sportiello: Pastel

Rossano Sportiello: Pastel

Those familiar with my previous reviews of pianist Rossano Sportiello’s CDs already know that I’m among the converted. He’s a classically trained Italian pianist who

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Bill Cunliffe: Bachanalia

BACHanalia- Bill Cunliffe

Bill Cunliffe is a prolific pianist, composer, and conductor. I am already among the converted, so was excited to see/hear Cunliffe’s newest effort. On most

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Teddy Grace

Teddy Grace

Few today probably know about Teddy Grace’s excellent recordings of the 1930s even though she was one of the finest jazz and blues singers of

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Bums at Fagans

The Bums At Fagan’s

Trombonist Ralph Grugel was a major force in keeping Dixieland alive and well in the Cleveland area for many years. He led a band that

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Django a la Creole Live

Django à la Créole Live

What would the music have sounded like if Sidney Bechet and Django Reinhardt (who were both in France in the early 1950s) had recorded together,

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The Dime Notes

The Dime Notes (2016 Debut)

The Dime Notes is a young group based in Great Britain although its leader-pianist Andrew Oliver is originally from Oregon. Comprised of Oliver, clarinetist David

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