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CD Review: Leonardo Amuedo's “Guitar Stories” (Sony-Masterworks)

By Don Heckman

Jazz of every stripe, from New Orleans to Smooth, with all stops in between, has always been America’s gift to the world. Honored in countries reaching from Asia to Europe, South America, Africa and beyond, it has also stimulated a flow of unique creativity from musicians in every part of the globe. 275 more words

CD Review: The Record Company

Give It Back to You (Concord)

By Devon Wendell

Way too many rock fueled blues bands of today are still hell bent on copying Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Albert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan but not Los Angeles’ own The Record Company (Chris Vos, guitar, lead vocals, harmonica, Alex Stiff, bass, guitar, vocals, and Marc Cazorla, drums, piano, vocals). 459 more words

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CD Review: Jennifer Leitham's “Mood(S)wings”

By Devon Wendell

Jennifer Leitham is a true seeker, a southpaw bassist supreme, fearless songwriter, and a jazz master to be reckoned with. Her new album… 573 more words

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Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Bebop: Art Farmer's "Early Art" (Prestige)

By Devon Wendell

Romance is deadly. No matter how it’s glamorized in books, poems, songs, plays, or movies, it’s a dangerous state of being. It’s chaos driven by pure impulsivity without measuring the consequences of what waits for you on the other side of it all. 882 more words

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CD Review: Denise Donatelli's "Find A Heart" (Savant)

By Brian Arsenault

The first cut, “Big Noise, New York” storms in like a Saturday night in Manhattan and I go, “Great! powerhouse jazz served smoking.” But that’s not the whole of Denise Donatelli’s… 525 more words

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Doc Wendell’s Prescription for Swing: "Pres And Teddy-The Lester Young And Teddy Wilson Quartet" (Verve)

By Devon Wendell

The sound of Lester Young’s tenor saxophone is sheer ecstasy. “Pres” (as he was nicknamed by Billie Holiday) was one of the most important, original, and brilliant musicians in the history of jazz. 658 more words

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