Music Reviews

Music Reviews

Anyone who has read my music reviews knows that I have a passion for ANY type of music... the only CD's that don't get reviewed here are those which lack a high "EQ" (energy quotient)... we are very happy to bring you a new and updated site where our prime reviews can be viewed and shared!

Hot Jazz Tuba

Hot Jazz Tuba review: Howard Johnson and Gravity – Testimony

Hot Jazz Tuba Howard Johnson and Gravity - TESTIMONY:  It's not that often we get a jazz CD in for review as "unique" as...
powerful jazz bass

powerful jazz bass – Luke Sellick – Alchemist

powerful jazz bass Luke Sellick - ALCHEMIST:  Luke's fine bass work (double bass) leads this splendid jazz outing on a nine-song 45 minute stellar...
prime poetry, piano

prime poetry, piano – Pat Battstone and Antonella Chionna – The Voice of...

prime poetry, piano Pat Battstone and Antonella Chionna - THE VOICE OF ROBERT DESNOS: I'm sure there are many in our readership who are...
highly notable guitar

highly notable guitar Lawrence Blatt – Longitudes & Latitudes

highly notable guitar Lawrence Blatt – LONGITUDES & LATITUDES: Lawrence was just nominated for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” in the 2016 ZMR Awards. The...
grammy vocal work

grammy vocal work Darlene Koldenhoven – Color Me Home

grammy vocal work Darlene Koldenhoven - COLOR ME HOME:  I've been reviewing Darlene's splendid vocal and piano ("sonic therapy") works for a long time...
stratospheric punk rock

stratospheric punk rock Purple Look Play – At My Place

stratospheric punk rock Purple Look Play - AT MY PLACE:  When I first started my IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine (still up & running) in 1988,...
Jim Gabriel piano - Into Eternity

Piano Review: Jim Gabriel – Into Eternity

Jim Gabriel - INTO ETERNITY (Piano):  I gave Jim high marks for his piano work back in issue # 142, and he used some...
best blues you'll hear

best blues you’ll hear Darden Purcell – Where The Blue Begins

best blues you'll hear Darden Purcell - WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS:  One of the things a jazz vocalist must have is - precision; in...
improvised chamber music

improvised chamber music Antonella Chionna Meets Pat Battstone – Rylesonable (featuring Richard Poole,...

improvised chamber music Antonella Chionna Meets Pat Battstone - RYLESONABLE (featuring Richard Poole, with Kit Demos):  If you're even the slightest bit inclined towards...
excellent mellow jazz guitar

excellent mellow jazz guitar Russ Hewitt – Cielo Nocturno

excellent mellow jazz guitar Russ Hewitt - CIELO NOCTURNO:  As usual, Russ performs some of the most excellent (& mellow) guitar work you'll ever...

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Steve Bentley Ensemble Great Northwest jazz treasure

Steve Bentley Ensemble Great Northwest jazz supreme Steve Bentley Ensemble at Rhythm & Rye...

Steve Bentley Ensemble Great Northwest jazz treasure STEVE BENTLEY ENSEMBLE AT RHYTHM & RYE LIVE SHOW REVIEW:  It was only a month or so...
Soul Messengers Australian revivalist soul and blues

Soul Messengers Australian revivalist soul and blues Soul Messengers – Vision & Tears

Soul Messengers Australian revivalist soul and blues Soul Messengers - VISION & TEARS:  A fine mix of various musical styles from this Australian band,...
Breaks and Swells Olympia fall arts walk

Breaks and Swells Olympia fall arts walk Breaks and Swells LIVE SHOW review, Rhythm...

Breaks and Swells Olympia fall arts walk BREAKS AND SWELLS LIVE SHOW REVIEW, RHYTHM AND RYE, OLYMPIA, WA:  I've been following my sax-playing pal...