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Fay Victor Puts Jazz Pianist Herbie Nichols in Today’s Vanguard

Fay Victor Puts Jazz Pianist Herbie Nichols in Today’s Vanguard

This is Fay Victor’s best recording to date because it looks at a past great composer and reimagines that tradition as part of jazz music’s daring vanguard.

Sheila Jordan’s ‘Portrait of Sheila’ at 60

Sheila Jordan’s ‘Portrait of Sheila’ at 60

The DNA of jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan’s Portrait of Sheila can be heard in so much popular music of the intimate, dreamlike, and nocturnal kind across genres.

Pirate Rickie Lee Jones Plunders Great American Songbook for ‘Pieces of Treasure’

Pirate Rickie Lee Jones Plunders Great American Songbook for ‘Pieces of Treasure’

Rickie Lee Jones is a pirate who plunders the treasures of the Great American Songbook for all of its riches. The music is as timeless as she is.

Jazz Singer Catherine Russell Bridges the Century with Soul

Jazz Singer Catherine Russell Bridges the Century with Soul

Singer Catherine Russell is one of the best voices in the world, whether she is backing up international acts like Steely Dan or touring with her small band.

‘Think Twice’ Is Savoir Faire’s Irresistible, Jazz-Infused Take on the Big Issues

‘Think Twice’ Is Savoir Faire’s Irresistible, Jazz-Infused Take on the Big Issues

Savoir Faire’s three-song EP Think Twice goes a long way in demonstrating her penchant for combining topical lyrics with deeply felt, retro-themed jazz and pop.

Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1958 Rediscovered

Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1958 Rediscovered

Ella Fitzgerald mixed styles in a unique way while sticking to the work of one songwriter at a time. This recording shows how she could masterfully do this with a live orchestra.  

Frank Sinatra on Top of the Heap: Revisiting ‘Sinatra at the Sands’

Frank Sinatra on Top of the Heap: Revisiting ‘Sinatra at the Sands’

Sinatra at The Sands is my favorite Frank Sinatra performance – cocky, charming but not oily, warm but not soppy. Each listen lays bare the sheer “cuckoo calculation” of it all.

Norah Jones Plays It Cool, Classic, and Timeless with ‘I Dream of Christmas’

Norah Jones Plays It Cool, Classic, and Timeless with ‘I Dream of Christmas’

Norah Jones’ I Dream of Christmas feels like a soothing salve on what seems like another troubled holiday season. It’s a wonderful soundtrack for the festivities.

Abbey Lincoln’s Classic ‘Abbey Is Blue’ Gets a Richly Deserved Vinyl Reissue

Abbey Lincoln’s Classic ‘Abbey Is Blue’ Gets a Richly Deserved Vinyl Reissue

Celebrated jazz singer Abbey Lincoln’s landmark 1959 album marked a distinctive turning point in her career. It’s a welcome addition to jazz fans’ collection.

Cabaret Jazz Artist Annabelle Chvostek Dons a ‘String of Pearls’

Cabaret Jazz Artist Annabelle Chvostek Dons a ‘String of Pearls’

Like a real String of Pearls, the effect of cabaret jazz singer Annabelle Chvostek’s album is more impressive than each gem.

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Makes Tragedy Tawdry

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Makes Tragedy Tawdry

Lee Daniels’ melodramatic mess, ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’, squanders every chance to turn Holiday from a victim into a person.

Pink Martini’s China Forbes Discusses New Songs Created in the Pandemic

Pink Martini’s China Forbes Discusses New Songs Created in the Pandemic

Despite a global pandemic and a year of difficult unrest, Pink Martini's China Forbes soldiers on with her band's sharp eye for optimism and a newfound life mission.