VSOJAZ 12/09/17 (The Quieter Side)

VSOJAZ 12/09/17 (The Quieter Side) Name Time Album Artist 1 Bonus Track – On a Clear Day (Bonus Track – On… 5:27 Dreams (Dreams) Sinne Eeg 2 Send in the Clowns 4:37 Rearrangements of Shadows Cheryl Bentyne 3 Shadow Waltz 4:15 The Late Set Hilary Gardner & Ehud Asherie 4 Autumn 5:51 Jazz My...

Danielle Wertz & Tal Cohen – Intertwined

The artistic platform of the duo summons brave souls of the universe. It demands intimacy, courage, risk-taking, creativity, innovation and an ample imagination. Each breath, each sound, and every silence carry heightened relevance as each musician must maintain complete respect and trust of one another....

Sarah Partridge – Bright Lights and Promises

How did nobody think to go here before? With a glut of fine Joni Mitchell tributes on the market and a couple of engrossing Laura Nyro nods out there, how is it that no creative spirits in the jazz or cabaret camps thought to make the full-on jump to Janis Ian before now? Hearing Sarah Partridge dig into...

Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep

The utility of music, at its very core, is entertainment. It is not all about dissonance and consonance, tonal conflict and resolution; heart and intellect, pathos and ethos. Somewhere in everything music has to offer, there must be a smile. It is in music’s smile that vocalist Mark Winkler exists. An...

Nicki Parrott – Dear Blossom

Nicki Parrott is special. In addition to being a warm, smart singer, she’s also a bassist. An interesting combination, which means as a singer she can swing in time. And as a bassist, she’s lyrical. I must say that when her new CD, Dear Blossom: A Tribute to Blossom Dearie (Arbors), crossed my...

Curtis Stigers – One More For the Road

Jazz-rooted former pop singer Curtis Stigers has made a fine homage to Frank Sinatra’s 1966 Sinatra at the Sands album with Count Basie’s orchestra, recorded live as the original was. Stigers is much more gruff and rugged than a smoothie like Michael Bublé, as hip in his timing as Kurt Elling, if not as...

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