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Corey Dennison Band
Night After Night
Delmark DE 852
Corey Dennison Band's eponymous debut took the airwaves by storm and won Le Prix Blues 2016 for best blues album. In a Chicago Blues Guide review, Greg Easterling wrote "Dennison's new disc is an album that doesn't disappoint, constantly renewed by his versatile approach and the varied nature of his homegrown American music style called the blues. The Corey Dennison Band disc is already one of 2016's top releases, destined to wind up on many `Best of' lists." Night After Night builds and evolves, blending roots, soul, old-school R&B, and funk for exciting originals like "I Get The Shivers," "Hear My Plea," and "Better Man," and fresh cuts of select covers from their live repertoire.
Jason Stein Quartet
Delmark DE 5025
In a review of Jason Stein's debut album, The Story This Time (Delmark 2013), JazzTimes said "This record kills. The double-horn frontline allows for torrid, bop-rooted synchronicity and numerous moments of unfettered exploration." Stein understands the bass clarinet's history and seeks to extend its comfort zone, and he's not prone to move into the stratosphere, staying in the natural range on his instrument, but picking up the pace manually, the overland route, through force of will. Add to a couple tracks the contrabass clarinet of Keefe Jackson, which ratchets the sound down into the substrata a few notches, and the uncanny play between the anchor and the waves is even more pronounced.
Duets With Anthony Braxton
Sackville SK 3016
This December 1977 recording features two of the most prominent AACM musicians,
Roscoe Mitchell and Anthony Braxton. Mitchell's composition "run the gamut,
beginning with the darkly gorgeous opener that features Braxton's contrabass
clarinet nestling evocatively beneath the composer's earthy flute... Mitchell's
other pieces investigate the sparer, more abstract realm, as the duo's wide
variety of reeds populate the sonic environment with scattered moans, squeaks
and pops. Overall, this is a fine meeting between two of the most forward-looking
thinkers and players in the music. Recommended." -Brian Olewnick, allmusic.com
Anthony Braxton also contributes three compositions.
Willie "The Lion" Smith & Don Ewell
Sackville SK 2004
In the spring of 1965 pianist Don Ewell began his four-week engagement in Toronto that lasted seven months. David Gillman, a jazz fan and one-time promoter, started hanging at the Golden Nugget and was reminded of another stride legend Willie "The Lion" Smith who he had presented in the `40s. Fast forward to '66, Gillman brings Ewell and Smith together for a Canadian TV filming. While in town the two jam together often at the Nugget and informal, live recordings are made (issued as Stride Piano Duets, Delmark 249). The following year the two are brought together into a recording studio and this album is the astonishing result.
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