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February 2012 Portland Jazz Festival Reviews February 2012 Portland Jazz Festival Reviews
Published on March 04, 2012

Enrico Rava & Tribe – Friday, Feb. 18 – Winningstad Theater Local pianist Tony Pacini opened for Enrico Rava with his trio, including our star drummer Mel Brown. He followed a rough theme of Italian-American jazz since that fit both the Rava concert and his own background. Adding Enrico Rava and his current band, Tribe, […]


Reviews of 29 Soundtrack Albums Reviews of 29 Soundtrack Albums
Published on February 26, 2012

Film scores of all types on CD, for current, classic, silent and collections of film themes.


16 Christmas Discs for the 2011 Holidays 16 Christmas Discs for the 2011 Holidays
Published on November 16, 2011

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas discs are crossing my desk, whether requested on not. Here’s our annual survey of what we auditioned, and it will start off with two SACDs: Fiona Joy Hawkins – Christmas Joy – Little Hartley Music multichannel SACD FJH013 *****: This excellent disc—more than your usual Christmas […]


Modern Sounds presented by the LA Jazz Institute – Celebrating the West Coast Sound – Oct. 20-23, 2011 Modern Sounds presented by the LA Jazz Institute – Celebrating the West Coast Sound – Oct. 20-23, 2011
Published on October 25, 2011

Honoring the West Coast jazz masters….


Brian Eno — Six Releases Brian Eno — Six Releases
Published on October 12, 2011

Recent work from a true Renaissance man of the popular arts.


Penguin Cafe Reissues Penguin Cafe Reissues
Published on June 04, 2011

The late Simon Jeffes created a strange and wonderful musical world with his Penguin Cafe recordings. Now his son has reissued three albums and created a fourth in the same style.


CLASSICAL RECORDING INDUSTRY HALL of FAME for 2005
Published on April 25, 2011

The following 18 recordings have been selected by the CLASSICAL RECORDING INDUSTRY HALL of FAME for the 2005 Awards. They are recordings 46 thru 63 to be honored. Both numbers are listed. They are listed in random order. 1 (46). Chopin-”14 Waltzes”. Dinu Lipatti, piano. Recorded by EMI (Geneva, 6/50). CD# EMI 66904. 2 (47). […]


Seven More of the RCA Classic Film Score Reissue CDs Seven More of the RCA Classic Film Score Reissue CDs
Published on March 16, 2011

The Charles Gerhardt-conducted series from the 1970s continues in remastered Dolby Surround CDs.


The 2011 Portland Jazz Festival The 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
Published on March 03, 2011

This year’s focus was on Jewish & African Americans Playing Jazz Together.


Django Reinhardt 100th Anniversary / Gypsy Jazz Special Django Reinhardt 100th Anniversary / Gypsy Jazz Special
Published on December 29, 2010

The Roma genius, who lived from 1910 to 1953, is even more popular today than during his lifetime. He is considered by many to be the single most important guitarist in the entire history of jazz.




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