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Review by Zac Johnson An in-depth 18-track overview of the career of soul-jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, demonstrating his range from hard bop stylist to his later easy listening jazz interpretations. Tracklist: 1 The “In” Crowd     7:20 2 Limelight     2:24 3 Delilah     5:26 4 Black Eye Peas     2:42 5 Carmen     2:53 6 Sometimes I Feel Like ...

Wes Montgomery was not only an unfail-ingly inventive improviser but also an artist who was usually dissatisfied with his own work. The combination led to his repeating his recorded performances after another player would have been quite willing to consider the job well done. These two by-passed takes are among a large number of supposed rejects from various sessions that ...

Review by Jason Ankeny Stump Juice reunites Jimmy McGriff with producer Sonny Lester, who earlier helmed the organist’s classic The Worm. Picking up right where their previous collaboration left off, this Groove Merchant date boasts all the hallmarks of McGriff’s most potent work, serving up a series of lean, mean solos delivered via Hammond B-3 and keyboards. Unlike the majority ...

John Arthur “Jaki” Byard (June 15, 1922 – February 11, 1999) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. Mainly a pianist, he also played tenor and alto saxophones, among several other instruments. He was known for his eclectic style, incorporating everything from ragtime and stride to free jazz. Byard played with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1950s and ...

One of the leading percussionists of the SABPM era, Terry Snyder worked with Bert Block’s studio groups, the Bert Block Orchestra, a standard big band, and the Bell Music Orchestra, which anticipated the SABPM era with its arrangements for celesta, bells, and drums. He became a featured player on New York City radio station WNEW in 1940. Snyder was Perry ...

Tracks: 01 The Little Drummer Boy 02 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 03 My Favorite Things 04 Away in a Manger 05 Mary’s Little Boy Chile 06 White Christmas 07 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 08 The Christmas Song 09 Go Where I Send Thee 10 Silent Night 11 Twelve Days of Christmas 12 Merry Christmas Baby Label: Cadet ...

Review by Rick Anderson Jazz purists may turn up the nose at this jazz-reggae summit meeting, but that’s their loss. It’s not that they wouldn’t have the right to be suspicious — experiments in jazz-reggae fusion do not have a distinguished history. But the combination of Jamaican-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander and reggae godfathers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare works ...

Review by Ken Dryden This campy LP from the 1960s features the Count Basie Orchestra playing ten themes from four early James Bond movies, with arrangements by either Chico O’Farrill or George Williams. While it seems doubtful that Basie added any of this music to his regular band repertoire, his band does its best to do justice to the arrangements. ...

Review by Dave Nathan Before he threw in the towel and willingly walked away from the clutches of the recording industry in 1960, Johnny Smith recorded an impressive roster of albums for Teddy Reig’s Roost label. One of these, The New Johnny Smith Quartet, recorded in 1956, was billed as maiden set for Smith’s new, small group. That was almost ...

Tracklist: A1 Rock-A-Bye Basie 3:02 A2 Taxi War Dance 2:49 A3 Jump For Me 3:10 A4 12th Street Rag 3:04 A5 Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie 2:29 A6 Dickie’s Dream 3:08 B1 Leaster Leaps In 3:13 B2 Song Of The Islands 3:04 B3 Moten Swing 2:23 B4 Shoe Shine Boy 2:59 B5 Lady, Be Good 3:07 B6 Boogie Woogie 3:12 ...

Review by Matt Collar From jazz-influenced classical pieces to world music rhythms and American popular song, pianist Monty Alexander seems to cover all his musical interests on Impressions in Blue. Backed by the talented rhythm section of bassist Hassan J.J. Wiggins Shakur and drummer Mark Taylor, Alexander tackles such epic compositions as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Rodrigo’s “En Aranjuez ...

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