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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

Drummer/Composer Steve Fidyk is Buoyed by “Allied Forces” on New Posi-Tone Release

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One realizes just how special Allied Forces (Posi-Tone Records) by drummer/composer/bandleader Steve Fidyk is about halfway through the Monk opener, “Evidence.” This is one swinging quintet dealing with Monk’s myriad changes and convoluted thought processes in a shiny new irresistible way. It has that good new-car smell about it that hooks you right in. And it’s like that ...Read More

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August 4th, 2016 at 11:24 am

Jazz spans Continents and Cultures on Steve Fidyk’s new release

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This record company, Posi-tone Records, seems to have a group of musicians who are comrades and they make it a point to support each other by recording in concert and exchanging leaders. Just last month, I reviewed Doug Webb’s CD with most of these same players. However, on this recording, it’s the drummer who is featured as ‘leader.’ Monk’s composition, “Evidence” is a good way to b ...Read More

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August 4th, 2016 at 11:11 am

The Hammond B-3 is Immortalized on Brian Charette’s “Once & Future”

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The realm of the Hammond B3 organ has never been a crowded field and it has remained so even today. However, where once you might have only found records of Larry Young, Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco in online and bricks and mortar stores, two more names are creating quite the storm in the realm today: one of them is Vanessa Rodrigues, the Toronto-based Brasilian and the American, Brian Charett ...Read More

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August 2nd, 2016 at 9:10 am

JazzdaGama is Keeping Summer Hot with 4 new Posi-Tone releases

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  The seamless, elastic world of music must surely be engaging to body and soul as if it were charting sonic events in the hot and heady days of a seemingly parallel universe. The music of a clutch of artists playing music intoxicated with the gaiety and passion for life in chance encounters and never-ending emotional thrills. These four discs lay out the sustaining power of trombone and saxo ...Read More

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August 2nd, 2016 at 8:58 am

“Once & Future” B-3 Kings are Spotlighted by Brian Charette on New Posi-Tone Release

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Some guys are just too cool. Hammond B-3 organ master Brian Charette is one of those guys. Not only does he look cool, he knows his B-3 history, wrote a book (101 Hammond B-3 Tips), and for his 10th CD, Once & Future (Posi-Tone Records) he performs 14 tracks of super-cool B-3 funky jazz by a litany of great B-3 composers including himself. With only guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Steve ...Read More

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August 2nd, 2016 at 8:20 am

Dusty Groove appreciates the interplay on “Allied Forces” by Steve Fidyk

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Drummer Steve Fidyk’s the leader here, and his talents really give the album a sharp sort of crackle – but we especially love the record’s interplay between the mighty Hammond talents of Brian Charette, the tenor of Doug Webb, and alto of Joseph Henson! The trio come together without any bassist at the bottom – just Charette’s work on the organ to groove things up – but the ...Read More

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July 30th, 2016 at 1:40 pm

WBGO reviews the new one by Steve Fidyk “Allied Forces”

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Drummer Steve Fidyk had some of his first rhythm tips from legendary Dave Brubeck drummer  Joe Morello. Fidyk studied hard, practicing non-stop, degrees at Wilkes College and a Masters at University of Maryland, a work ethic that rewarded with tours with the NY Voices and Woody Herman Orchestra. Fidyk’s recordings include those with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Band, and efforts with Posi-tone ...Read More

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July 30th, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Something Else reviews gives us the truth on “Allied Forces” by Steve Fidyk

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When I state that Steve Fidyk wrote the book on big band drumming, I’m not being totally honest because he’s written many such books…. S. Victor Aaron – Something Else reviews ...Read More

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July 27th, 2016 at 10:17 pm

The Way Walt Weiskopf Plays It

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One of the musical highlights in a Wisconsin summer full of them is the scheduled appearance of Steely Dan and Steve Winwood at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee on July 16th. The Inquisition suspects that there are many upsides to being Donald Fagen and Walter Becker; one is that after four decades of critical acclaim and multi-platinum albums including Grammy Best Album-winning “Two Against ...Read More

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July 18th, 2016 at 12:53 am