Posi-Tone

Just What the Doctor ordered, “All These Hands”, by Michael Dease

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Gathering a hand picked bunch of all stars to make the trek with him as he brings his sound and vision to fruition, Dease and his bunch make a history of jazz recording that has no dust on it and sounds much more looking forward than looking backward.  A dazzling set that’s striking in it’s ability to say something new here, this is more than a pleasingly swinging set that cooks.  A solid wo ...Read More

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December 2nd, 2016 at 11:18 am

Midwest Record gives us a look at “Central Line” by Art Hirahara

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Here’s a piano man bold enough to make a modern, mainstream date and doing it while surrounding himself with hell raisers like Donny McCaslin, Rudy Royston and Linda Oh.  Swinging easy but to the left, you won’t mistake this for cocktail jazz but Hirahara could do a killer job on that form if he every chose to take the easy way out.  Piano fans take note, this is a date not to be missed. Hot ...Read More

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December 2nd, 2016 at 11:13 am

All About Jazz gives a great review for “Allied Forces” by Steve Fidyk

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The military reference in this record’s title is right on the mark. For over a quarter of a century, Steve Fidyk has held down the drum chair in the U.S. Army Blues (part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”), an 18-piece ensemble that has performed America’s original art form in a variety of venues throughout the U.S. and around the world. Like any great j ...Read More

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November 14th, 2016 at 11:43 am

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Why the World Needs More Folks Like David Gibson

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If you follow trombonist David Gibson on Facebook, or are FB “friends” with him, you’re likely familiar with some of his posts that cover a whole host of topics, from the power of music, to what it means to be a professional, how to act on a gig, how to communicate with people you might not agree with, etc. In these posts he is always positive, insightful, and generally optimistic. Now I ...Read More

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November 8th, 2016 at 10:34 am

A polished trio fronted by an articulate drummer is “Jazz Jukebox”

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The predominance of the jukebox in social situations is essentially a thing of the past. But how much has really changed? Those once-ubiquitous machines that brought musical happiness to the good people in corner bars and diners throughout the land may have vanished, but the concept they put forward has not. It’s simply been modernized, with shuffling playlists, random streaming, curated lis ...Read More

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October 31st, 2016 at 10:46 am

All About Jazz likes what it hears on “Bright Side” by Doug Webb

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From one perspective, Doug Webb‘s Bright Side is basically twelve tracks clothed in very recognizable forms —a few varieties of soul-jazz, a couple of heartfelt ballads, a taut bossa nova, and an array of middling and up tempo straight- ahead swingers. Although the material is thoroughly enjoyable, it’s tempting to succumb to a nagging notion that its all been done countless times be ...Read More

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October 31st, 2016 at 10:22 am

All About Jazz gives “Message In Motion” 5 stars

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Message In Motion is a recording that can be gainfully approached from a number of angles. You can choose to play it in a single sitting from start to finish, taking in an array of moods evoked by bassist Peter Brendler’s seven compositions and a band worthy of his exemplary skills as a writer. (The record also includes selections penned by Duke Ellington, Elliott Smith, and Alice Coltrane.) ...Read More

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October 28th, 2016 at 9:40 am

Musicalmemoirs’s likes the no nonsense straight ahead jazz from David Gibson

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I have to begin this review by complimenting Positone Records. Every CD this company has sent to me reflects a high quality of jazz artists. It’s been a joy listening to each and every one of them. David Gibson is no exception to this course of excellence. “Inner Agent”, the title tune, is an original composition by Gibson and sets the mood for this entire project. It’s Straight Ahead, no ...Read More

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September 26th, 2016 at 9:42 am

Classicalite says Peter Brendler’s “Message In Motion” lives up to it’s name

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Another winner from the left coast’s Posi-Tone: consider it a Message In Motion by Peter Brendler where six of the tracks feature no chords whatsoever as it’s Brendler’s bass augmented by Rich Perry’s tenor sax, the trumpet of Peter Evans and Vinnie Sperazza with the type of kinetic drumming that continually moves the music forward. Brendler wrote eight of 10 and his comp ...Read More

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September 16th, 2016 at 9:45 am

Jazz da Gama tells us how Behn Gillece cuts to the quick on “Dare To Be”

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It takes but one ‘third’ to recognise the ‘hand’ of Art Tatum in ‘Willow Weep for Me’, a ‘flatted fifth’ to pick out Charlie Parker in any orchestral line up, a ‘seventh’ to do the same with Milt Jackson and while it may take a little while to pick out Behn Gillece from a flurry of notes, his vivid harmonic approach to the vibraphone is fast becoming his indelible signature, qu ...Read More

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September 13th, 2016 at 11:59 am