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Anthony Branker and Word Play - Uppity
by Ken Franckling, Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes

A medical condition that led to a seizure and two brain aneurysms in 1999 forced jazzman Anthony Branker to give up the trumpet, but not his talents as a conceptualist and composer. (He is also an educator ? the founder and director of the jazz studies program at Princeton.) His newest release, featuring his all-star sextet Word Play, is both beautiful and provocative. Favorites: ?Three Gifts (from a Nigerian Mother to God)? and the title track... read more

Matt Jorgensen - Tattooed by Passion: Music inspired by the paintings of Dale Chisman
by Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

Drummer-composer Matt Jorgensen presents pieces inspired by the abstract paintings of Denver artist Dale Chisman. With a potent quintet featuring saxophonist Mark Taylor, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, guitarist Corey Christiansen and bassist Dave Captein--expressive improvisers all--Jorgensen's crew shifts nimbly from the rhythmically charged "Space, Plane and Line," to the swinging title track, to the urgent groover "Big Chief With a Golden... read more

Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimee - Burstin' Out!
by Malvin Massey, WUMR - Memphis

The Feature CD of the Week is a big band disc that is full of energy. It's titled Burstin' Out! and is from the Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Cyrille Aimée. Jeff Lindberg is the Artistic Director for this project. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra traces its roots back to 1978, and in that 35 years, they have established themselves as one of the best musical organizations in the nation. Up and coming jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée is... read more

Chris Walden Big Band - No Bounds
by Matthew Singer, Ventura County Reporter

THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN:
Composer Chris Walden never wanted to be a star, but with No Bounds he may have no choice

When Chris Walden was growing up in Germany, his mother, a choir singer, would often rehearse at home. Thus, musicians were always around. And where there are musicians, there are instruments. That is where the future Grammy-nominated composer, ar-ranger and performer first laid eyes on his future. The natural reaction in... read more

John Moulder - Trinity
by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Sacred music does not typically unfold in gritty jazz clubs.

But considering that the headliner at the Green Mill over the weekend was a Catholic priest, the rarefied choice of material seemed thoroughly appropriate.

Though guitarist John Moulder has been performing and recording steadily here for the past couple of decades, he achieved an artistic high point in 2006 when he released "Trinity" (Origin Records). Like Duke Ellington's Sacred... read more

Jon Hamar - Idyl Wild
by Dave Sumner, emusic

Likable quartet session from bassist Hamar, who runs with the double saxophone attack of tenor man Rich Perry and altoist Todd DelGiudice. With Julian MacDonough rounding out the rhythm section, it?s a nice set of straight-ahead jazz. Some post-bop burn, some hard bop bounce, and tracks that keep throwing pitches within the strike... read more

Ira Sullivan & Stu Katz - A Family Affair - Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase
by William Carey, All About Jazz

Some numbers to ponder. Saxophonist/trumpeter Ira Sullivan is 80 years old; vibraphonist Stu Katz is 74. 57 years. That is how long Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz have been making music together. 64 years. The number of years that Joe Segal's the Jazz Showcase has been featuring great jazz. In 1954, the year Bill Haley and the Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock," two fine young jazz musicians first got together in their adopted hometown of... read more

Jessica Williams - The Art of the Piano
by John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

A fine environment - psychologically and acoustically - allows Williams to make one of her finest recordings yet. 5*****

Such a title might seem excessively self-promotional with most other jazz pianists on the scene today, but not so with Jessica Williams. She's one of the nation's musical treasures and one of the most distinctively original jazz pianists to be heard anywhere. This is her third CD for Origin, recorded live at... read more

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