Rant’n’Roll: Moonkyung Lee, Nguyen Le & Ngo Hong Quang, Canadian Pleasures, Two Jasons, One Dead Legend & Philadelphia Freedom

Tell Tchaikovsky the news! Moonkyung Lee, the violinist with a Ph.D, who plays the ax once owned by the late comedian Jack Benny, revamps Works For Violin & Orchestra (Navona Records) with the London Symphony, all by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [1877-1993].

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Ha Noi Duo (ACT Music) by Nguyen

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Rant’n’Roll: Father-Son Duo, Forgotten Fare x 2, San Juan Folklore, Australian Blues, Brazilian Samba, A Brooklyn Pianist & A British Ball-Busting Mama

Not too many father-son duos out there but saxophonist Rich Halley and his drummer son Carson Halley are definitely to be listened to on The Wild (Pine Eagle Records). Their 10 improvisations could only be manifested by almost 20 years of recording, performing and traveling together. Take Rich’s tenor sax …

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Rant’n’Roll: Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Ray Lyon, A Planetary Prince, Wordless Vocals, ‘Bone Man, A Reunion & Mad Props For Eager Earnestness

Library Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) was originally known as Loafer’s Hollow prior to the town’s first library being built there in 1833. The jazz septet known as Mostly Other People Do The Killing has named its second CD, Loafer’s Hollow, after the original name of that town. In …

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Rant’n’Roll: JAZZx3, ’90s Pop, Today’s Radio Garbage, VOCALESEx3

When guitarist/producer Steve Khan—son of legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn—wraps his fingers around Thelonious Monk’s “Criss-Cross,” Ornette Coleman’s “Latin Genetics,” Stevie Wonder’s “Go Home” or his father’s “Our Town,” you know something magical is going to happen. This all-genre ax man, known for his work with Steely Dan, Billy Joel, …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Husband & Wife Bluegrass Team, Louisiana Crawfish, Jersey Boy Makes Good, Lady Trumpeter, A Japanese Big-Band, An Australian Sax Man & A Brooklyn Pianist

Darin and Brooke Aldridge have been married for eight years and proudly announce the birth of their new baby. It’s called Faster and Farther (Mountain Home Music Company) and if there’s any justice from the bluegrass gods, it will deliver them to land of flashing lightbulbs and constant attention. (Be …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Bekka’s Back, Self-Help Jazz, A Night Out, A Canadian Big-Band, A Brooklyn Quartet, And Norwegian Blues

Do What Your Heart Says is not only good advice but it’s also the name of the new Scott Ramminger CD (Ann Arbor Lane Music) where the talented singer/songwriter/saxophonist/co-producer presents 14 of his kickin’ tunes. Tommy Malone of The Subdudes shakes it up bigtime on vocals for the opening rocker, …

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Rant ‘n’ Roll: Spontaneous Composition, A Little Girl, A Dead Dude, A One-Man Band, Jazz Vocalese & A Sonny Rollins Acolyte

What happens when four progressive Euro cats convene at a recording studio in Spain with nothing prepared beforehand? With no composed music, no rehearsals, overdubs expressly forbidden, no genre limitations and, of course, not one inkling of commercial consideration whatsoever, these four just plugged in and played. Spontaneous combustion creates …

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Rant’n’Roll: The Many Colors Of Jazz From Cincinnati, Rochester And South Africa To England, Canada And Connecticut

Go to Cincinnati and most jazz fans there know tenor saxophonist/composer Brent Gallaher who just happens to be Moving Forward (V&B Records). Think Wayne Shorter or Joe Henderson. He’s got a strong, expressive tone that’s not only personal unto himself but touched by his obvious aforementioned influences. Now add trumpet, …

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Rant ‘n’ Roll: Timely Swing, Jazz News, Norwegian Reflections, A Brooklyn Octet, Heavenly Harp, & A Dog Leg Dilemma

Eight O’Five Jive, Nashville TN-based swing band. photos by Bill Steber

They’re called Eight O’Five Jive and their Swing Set (Red Rudy Too Tunes) is a thoroughly delightful time trip back to before rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve always wondered (and felt a little sorry for) generations who didn’t have that …

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Rant’n’Roll: Blues Challenge, Geographical Jazz, Canadian Americana, Organ Grinder Swing, Confessional Pop, Electronica & A Tragic Legend

The Blues Foundation started its annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in 1984. In 2016 alone, 257 acts took that challenge. Ultimately, nine acts fill this IBC #32, with performances held on Beale Street last year in Memphis Jan. 28-30. The Paul Deslauriers Band—representing the Montreal Blues Society—kicks it off …

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