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Album Review: Transitions from Yaron Gershovsky

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Album:  Transitions Artist:  Yaron Gershovsky Label:  Dorron Music Website:  www.yaronmusic.com Transitions , the 2022 release from keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Yaron Gershovsky is an assortment of original music and cover tunes, stylistically moving between traditional straight ahead jazz and contemporary jazz, classic pop, Latin soul, and samba in the recording.  The album is comprised of a variety of combinations from solo piano to trios, quartets, and jazz vocals featuring Aubrey Johnson's engaging vocalese.  Gershovsky's endeavor is alight with melodious configurations and elevating phrasing that is pleasing to the aural senses. Gershovsky's original work "Awakening" shows his keys communicating briskly and freely with bassist Will Lee and drummer Clint de Ganon,  whipping up a jovial mood that turns reflective, driven by Gershovsky's ruminating keys in "I’ll Be Seeing You," penned by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal.  Gershovsky l

Album Review: Jump Children from the Scott Silbert Big Band

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Album:  Jump Children Artist:  Scott Silbert Big Band Label:  Self-Released Website:  www.scottsilbertmusic.com A large serving of big band swing and sizzling boogie woogie sweeps listeners off their feet on the Scott Silbert Big Band's 2022 release Jump Children .  A connoisseur of both good time breeds, saxophonist Silbert offers uplifting moods trenched in atmospheres that surge with merriment.  Dr. Sherrie Maricle, the dynamic drummer for the DIVA Jazz Orchestra described the recording perfectly, "Every track on Jump Children brings an immediate urge to snap, clap, tap, and smile from ear to ear.  All you have to do is press play to be transported to happiness." From the bubbling beats of Ken Kimery's drums and the flapping toots of the saxophones along "Annie Laurie" to the pensive strut of Tony Nalker's keys and the smooth bass pumps performed by the 3D Jazz Trio's Amy Shook on "Dusk," Silbert moves nimbly across the stratosphere of b

Single Review: I'm A Fool To Want You from Naama Gheber

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Single:  I'm A Fool To Want You Artist:  Naama Gheber Websites:  https://www.naamagheber.com https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B09TTQZJHB?ref=sr_1_5&keywords=naama+gheber&crid=NLFDCMC2YBMC&sprefix=naama+gheber%2Caps%2C501&qid=1654127877&sr=8-5 Jazz vocalist Naama Gheber is accompanied by pianist Ben Paterson on her interpretation of the classic tune "I'm A Fool To Want You," written by Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, and Joel Herron.  The tenderness in her voicing accentuates the haunting lilt in her timbres as she intones, "Can it be I need you / This must be wrong / It's so wrong / But right or wrong / I can't get along / Without you."  Her vocals linger on the lyric "without you," intimating a vulnerability that tugs on the heartstrings of her listeners.  Her sensitivity to express and share human wounds is piercing, demonstrating an elegance in her phrasing that epitomizes a feminine touch.  Her rendition evokes a

Album Review: Something Here Inside from Benji Kaplan

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Album:  Something Here Inside Artist:  Benji Kaplan Label: Wise Cat Records Website:  https://www.benjikaplan.com/home A blending of soulful flamenco, ambient jazz, balmy meditations, and breezy torchlight musings, guitarist Benji Kaplan performs solo on his latest release Something Here Inside .  Inspired to be a painter by his mother, Kaplan applied his skills using the hues of the rainbow spectrum to the sounds of the music spectrum.  The pastoral textures, twirling patterns, and tranquil moods he projects convey a message to  listeners that he shares without inhibition. Using a swing jazz palette fringed in swathes of Latin accents on "Anything Goes," Kaplan brings a freshness to Cole Porter's track, viewing the classic melody with a contemporary set of eyes.  The gliding strokes of his fingers have a lulling effect on listeners along "Easy To Love" and  rather uniquely, he pervades a soothing, Hawaiian-like caress along "But Not For Me."  The blue

Album Review: Dearly Beloved from Naama Gheber

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Album:  Dearly Beloved Artist:  Naama Gheber Label:  Cellar Live Websites:  https://www.naamagheber.com https://cellarlive.com/collections/all/products/naama-gheber-dearly-beloved The dreamy sonorous of vocalist Naama Gheber wrap listeners in downy atmospherics on her debut release Dearly Beloved from Cellar Live music label.  This introductory endeavor establishes Gheber as a torch song vocalist endowed with a sultry persuasion.  Her flare for swing demonstrates the melodicism of this vocal style, exposing it to contemporary generations. The caressing glide of her vocals imbue her delivery of "Since I Fell For You" with a penetrative lure, and spark a jazz noir flicker in the bluesy lamentation of "Get Out of Town."  Her performance of the heavenly serenade "What's New" amplifies the elating sensations, which move into a perky, swinging, sashaying disposition along "Just Squeeze Me" and "Sometimes I'm Happy."  She closes the r

Single Review: Old Mother Hubbard from Naama Gheber

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Single:  Old Mother Hubbard Artist:  Naama Gheber Release Date:  April 22, 2022 Websites:  https://www.naamagheber.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/1KObvUW72IGgUzVi9oe60n A veritable newcomer to swing, vocalist Naama Gheber demonstrates a keen instinct for cabaret blues and ragtime jazz.  Her melodic sensibilities are reminiscent of vintage Café Society's staples like Bessie Smith and Connie Haines.  Her forthcoming recording If I Knew Then , due out on November 4, 2022, is led by her single "Old Mother Hubbard" due to be released on April 22, 2022. "Old Mother Hubbard," an old nursery rhyme from the 19th century, was tweaked by Ella Fitzgerald in the 1940's.  Resurfaced rarely since then, Gheber exhumed the tune from the coffers of the past and polished it with her glimmering timbres.  Her adaptation of the melody gives the track a 21st century luster, laden with a natural fluidity and zesty, swinging rhythmic pulse.  Her smooth versing showers optimism

Album Review: The View From The Top from Gemma Farrell Quintet

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Album:  The View From The Top Artist:  Gemma Farrell Quintet Label:  Self-Released Website:  http://gemmafarrellmusic.com Gemma Farrell Quintet's second endeavor, The View From The Top , is a modern jazz-leaning recording filled with easy listening scores that complement people's lifestyles.  Based in Australia, saxophonist Gemma Farrell leads her quintet through original works composed by her, showcasing a penchant for hard bop hydraulics, straight-ahead jazz motifs, and improvised spins.  Supported by Sam Hadlow on trombone, Dan Garner on guitar, Kate Pass on bass, and Ryan Daunt on drums, the Gemma Farrell Quintet create a pleasant listening experience. The harmonious communication formed by Farrell and her crew on "Every Year" is reminiscent of luminary voices familiar to audiences like David Brubeck and Thelonious Monk.  The meandering tweets of Farrell's sax infuse bends and curves which keep the track advancing, acting as a thickening agent that fattens the