Album Reviews

Complete Abandon Danny Tobias Quintet

Danny Tobias 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 Brothers although

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Ken Peplowski: Enrapture

Ken Peplowski • Enrapture

Ken Peplowski assembled his team-mates for this charming CD and chose a variety of tunes, some of which are outside the usual jazz repertoire. His

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Ethan Uslan • By The Sea

Ethan Uslan • By The Sea

Ethan Uslan, who had recorded two previous CDs for Rivermont, is a classically-trained pianist who in college switched permanently to syncopated music. He plays both

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A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen

This CD features pianist/vocalist Daniela Schachter with a small group performing eleven of composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s famous tunes. She is visiting professor of voice

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Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy Album Cover

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy is arguably Satch’s finest recording of the 1950s. At the time, the Louis Armstrong All-Stars included trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist

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Molly Ryan Lets Fly Away

Molly Ryan: Let’s Fly Away

Molly Ryan’s musical travelogue Let’s Fly Away is a jewel. The individual selections on the CD, all quite excellent, describe a dramatic trajectory within the

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Mimi Blais Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning by Mimi Blais

It’s funny what love will do.  Absent are the pyrotechnics and the quirky improvisations that have long been her domain, replaced on this disc with lush

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Glenn Jenks • Easy Winners

Glenn Jenks • Easy Winners

Perhaps I should put my prejudicial disclaimer right up front: I like the way Glenn Jenks plays ragtime. His approach is confident and authoritative, whether

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