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Denis DiBlasio / Brian Betz Project – Two CD Collection

Denis DiBlasio and Brian Betz have recently released their self-titled CD on Dreambox Media. The two CD set features DiBlasio and Betz in two separate, yet complimentary settings. CD one features twelve duos by the pair on baritone sax and guitar respectively. CD two captured the live quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café of Philadelphia in […]

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Mark Hollingsworth – Chasing the Sun

Chicago native, Berklee graduate and Los Angeles-based saxophonist Mark Hollingsworth has released his newest Cd Chasing the Sun on his own Windshore label. This newest offering features 14 selections of various styles yet all have close ties to Contemporary and Smooth Jazz. First of all I must say that I have known Mark Hollingsworth since […]

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Michael Pedicin Quintet – Everything Starts Now

Veteran saxophonist Michael Pedicin has released his newest offering on The Jazz Hut label, Everything Starts Now. Pedicin has had multiple releases under his own name and has enjoyed associations with Dave Brubeck and Maynard Fergusson over the years. The acoustic quintet here documented 10 tunes for this straight-ahead album rooted in the traditional sounds […]

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Anibal Rojas – ah-knee-ball

A mutual friend introduced me to the music of Anibal Rojas (ah-knee-ball) some months ago. He has a stunning clip of Body and Soul on Youtube. I remember wondering what he was up to now after checking out that performance clip. He’s up to plenty! Rojas’ self-titled release features his pure tenor sound, world percussion […]

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Frank Macchia – Three new Cds

Multi-instrumentalist and master of self-promotion, Frank Macchia has been very busy. Since moving to L.A. 16 years ago, Macchia has been weaving his way into the inner fabric of the Los Angeles music scene. The San Francisco native and Berklee graduate has been busy in the studios, writing and arranging for feature films such as […]

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Bob Mintzer – In The Moment

Buy at Amazon Download at iTunes Bob Mintzer is one of the premier tenor saxophonists of our time. His release on Art of Life Records is a testament to that fact. In the Moment is a traditional-sounding, straight-ahead jazz quartet album, recorded at beautiful BiCoastal Music in Ossining, NY on December 16, 2004. The first […]

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Andrew Neu – In Clear View

Andrew Neu – In Clear View Andrew Neu, longtime smooth jazz favorite in Philadelphia has released his newest Cd entitled In Clear View. His latest independent release boasts the addition of Jeff Lorber, Brian Bromberg, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Doc Gibbs, Kevin Toney and Gerald Veasley. With such fine additions to the sound of this […]

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Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

Buy at Amazon Download at iTunes I want to write this while the sounds of the band are still ringing in my head. Tonight I saw Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band play live at a local venue. Although I had heard recordings of the band and knew well the reputations of many members, nothing prepared […]

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Dan Higgins Quartet – Voicing a Standard

Purchase from: iTunes | danhiggins.net The latest offering by saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Higgins will not disappoint. This West Coast session player is well-known playing on countless recordings, television shows and full-length feature films from the last 20 years. Read more about Dan HERE. Unlike many of Dan’s most popular recordings which feature a full […]

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Dave Koz – At the Movies

Purchase at: Amazon | iTunes Every once in a while a Cd comes out with a lot of buzz around it. This happens in pop and rock music all the time but less so among contemporary jazz players. Dave Koz’s new release, At the Movies is no exception. There will be much to talk about […]

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