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“One of Hicks’ finest recordings,” is the Washington Post’s judgment. A jazz piano giant for 40 years, John could break your heart with a ballad, sweep you off your feet with an anthem, or boot you into boogeyin’ with one of his cookers...
All About Jazz describes: "This set seems to be a hymn to the rhapsodic as two virtuosos play a handful of tunes that lend themselves to lush, melodic interplay..." This album pairs two legendary Fazioli pianos with two extraordinary pianists and, between them, a breathtaking singleness of groove and invention.
With only piano and drums, Larry and Paul break through to a breathtaking new place in music, a space where classical and improv and jazz become indistinguishable. Both volumes offer staggeringly lifelike recordings, so much so Fred Kaplan picked "The Powers of Two" as one of his "Ten Best of the Year".
Playing the New York jazz scene together for over a decade, Paul and Santi have grown into
one of jazz’s great duos. Paul’s flawlessly warm guitar sound blends Wes Montgomery’s
bluesy soulfulness with Jobim’s Brazilian sensuality. That quiet excitement is doubled by
Santi’s big, rich-sounding bass. Bowed or plucked, Santi adds subtly swinging groove.
Striking, melodic arrangements ranging from centuries-old spirituals to modern sambas and
classic jazz ballads.
Quietly cooking melodic jazz and swing favs led by the rock-solid bassist who also ably
anchored our Joe Stanley and John Cocuzzi sessions. Previti made history for 18 years
backing up guitar giant Danny Gatton. And you jazzers probably heard John keepin’ time for
Doc Cheatham, Herb Ellis or Charlie Byrd.
Gerard locks effortlessly with his trio mates, Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirschfield. They’re one of the classic bass-drum duos in jazz, recorded on a hundred plus discs. As for Gerard, jazz greats like Nat Adderly, Zoot Sims, Mel Lewis and Red Rodney all loved his selfless accompaniment and his endlessly enchanting, melodic solos.
If you’re a fan of piano greats like Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donegan, Art Tatum and
Chris Anderson, Consuela’ll be right up your alley. With her drummer, Sangoma Everett,
she does Ellington, Waller, Kern and Berlin to pianistic perfection—and writes ensnaring
“His sound, gorgeous like his mentor’s, often has a shade more edge and darkness, and he has more facility than Ben, handling fast tempos with aplomb...for fans of melody-rich jazz that has a good beat,” according to Stereophile. Standard studio electronics simply don’t capture the unbelievable sensuousness of that Ashby tenor sound; our CD does.
A great jazz player can stop your breath with an impossibly slow and tender ballad; we spent several happy days combing though our master tapes to assemble a hour of gorgeous ballads that embody this quality. They’re from a dozen different CDs featuring jazz icons like Larry Willis, David Murray, Stanley Cowell, and Jack Walrath. The Absolute Sound says “…excellent sound and good music…the stuff of fine wine and candlelight.”
Jazz Times says, "Sunny's voice is lovely, lush, liquid. Her timbre is reminiscent of Lena Horne; her phrasing recalls Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. Hers is a brandy-rich sound with a velvet-smooth style, perfect for ballads such as 'Daydream' and 'Save Your Love For Me'."
Mark’s super-soulful solos during our Ebony Brass date prompted this, our first jazz French horn session. He assembled an inspired quintet: acclaimed pianist Myra Melford; historic NY bassist Fred Hopkins, Warren Smith's masterful percussion; and Steve Berrios’ passionate drumming.
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