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Bennie Green: The Swingin'est

Bennie Green: The Swingin'est

Bennie Green had a distinctive trombone. He played in a powdery, insistent staccato style seasoned with the Chicago blues. A member of the challenging Earl “Fatha" Hines and Charlie Ventura bands in the 1940s, he also recorded in bop ensembles. In the 1950s, Green was a sideman on numerous sessions, including the Miles Davis Sextet with Sonny Rollins in 1951, the year he began recording as a leader. One of his best jazz-blues albums is The Swingin'est, recorded for Vee-Jay ...

Jazz Performer And Vocal Artist Virginia Schenck Releases Official Video From Powerful New Album 'Battle Cry'

Jazz Performer And Vocal Artist Virginia Schenck Releases Official Video From Powerful New Album 'Battle Cry'

International vocal artist and jazz performer Virginia Schenck, who goes by the stage name VA, created her critically-acclaimed album Battle Cry (2020)—which released on January 3 and is available on all digital platforms as well as on CD—to use the power of music to generate change. Each week since release, the album has been climbing the JazzWeek charts. To celebrate Battle Cry’s success, Schenck has released the official video from her original track off the album “Hear My Battle Cry.” ...

McCoy Tyner: Inception

McCoy Tyner: Inception

McCoy Tyner should receive as much attention as Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and even Bill Evans. For some reason, he doesn't, and I have no idea why not. Tyner's recordings are as inventive, as rich and as stunning as the other three piano leaders. Of course, Peterson and Monk came up in the late 1940s, and Evans came up in the 1950s, so they had a jump on him. Tyner's trio leadership career didn't begin until the early 1960s, but ...

Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Tribute Valley - Available Streaming March 13th, 2020

Mike Lorenz & The Witherbees Release Tribute Valley - Available Streaming March 13th, 2020

The jny: Philadelphia area folk-jazz band, Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees, is the newest creation of guitarist/composer/bandleader Mike Lorenz. Having released their first LP of new original music and folksy covers in the summer of 2019 to positive reviews, the group continues to write and arrange new material to develop their sound and reach. With the digital EP Tribute Valley, the band celebrates its penchant for covering songs they love, deconstructing them, and putting them back together. This newest release ...

Prog Legends Gentle Giant To Release First 4 Albums On Vinyl April 3, 2020

Prog Legends Gentle Giant To Release First 4 Albums On Vinyl April 3, 2020

Gentle Giant is happy to announce the release of the first four albums on vinyl April 3rd. After the positive response to the box set Unburied Treasure many fans asked whether the vinyl albums would ever be available. The band has responded and decided to make these albums officially available for the first time in decades. The band’s first album Gentle Giant was first released in October 1970. Produced by Tony Visconti it marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording ...

Naama Gheber Offers Highly Personal Take On The Great American Songbook On "Dearly Beloved," Her Debut Album, Set For April 10 Release

Naama Gheber Offers Highly Personal Take On The Great American Songbook On "Dearly Beloved," Her Debut Album, Set For April 10 Release

Noted vocalist Naama Gheber makes her auspicious, radiant recording debut with Dearly Beloved, to be released April 10 on Cellar Music Records, preceded by the release of two singles—the title track on February 14 and “So in Love” March 13. The New York-based singer (by way of Beér Sheva, Israel), who first turned heads during her yearlong residency at Manhattan’s Mezzrow Jazz Club, engages the superb trio that has long supported her at that residency (pianist Ray Gallon, bassist David ...

The Complete Woody Herman Decca, Mars and MGM Sessions (1943-1954)

The Complete Woody Herman Decca, Mars and MGM Sessions (1943-1954)

The Complete Woody Herman Decca, Mars and MGM Sessions (1943-1954) (Mosaic) Woody Herman and his band were most closely associated with the Columbia and Capitol labels, but in the 1940s and ’50s the clarinetist, saxophonist and influential leader also recorded for the companies you see named in the headline above. The Mosaic label has issued a seven-album set of Herman’s recordings for those labels. The collection seems certain to get the attention not only of Herman fans but also of ...

Stanley Turrentine: Look Out!

Stanley Turrentine: Look Out!

Stanley Turrentine was a more sizable force on the tenor saxophone than many jazz fans realize. His tone on the instrument was big and broad, his attack was powerful and his soulful feel was largely unmatched. There was a bluesy brashness and satiny swagger to Turrentine's sound, and his “peel out" just before launching into a solo was always exhilarating. And yet, he's not taken as seriously as, say, Hank Mobley or Joe Henderson. His first leadership album for Blue ...


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