Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dianne Reeves: Consummate Vocal Artist

Last evening at the sumptuous Strathmore Music Center in suburban DC a robust audience was treated to an intimate and surpassing performance from Dianne Reeves, one of the consummate vocal artists of our time. Years from now I have little … Continue reading

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Artist’s Point of View: JD Allen

One artist and band whose evolution has been palpable and consistently spiraling upward is saxophonist JD Allen and his trio. The Detroit-born Allen wields a brawny, constantly questing tenor saxophone and in the company of bassist Gregg August and drummer … Continue reading

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Giacomo Gates’ vocalese takes a new turn

Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Sextet, with master drummer Lewis Nash joining the aggregation on traps, closed out the month of January with a splendid week at Dizzy’s Club. The occasion was in part a celebration of Randy’s latest … Continue reading

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Seeking the essence of Freddie Hubbard: Suzanne Pittson “Out of the Hub”

Vocalist Suzanne Pittson previously accepted the challenge of lyrically interpreting John Coltrane‘s opus “Resolution” from “A Love Supreme.” With Alice Coltrane’s consent she did so with all due humility… and with gusto! Her latest effort is a loving tribute to … Continue reading

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