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Diane Delin: Origins

Diane Delin: Origins

Diane Delin plays the violin, has an original concept and composes fine tunes. Over the years many violinists have imitated the popular instruments and jazz styles of the moment. On this recording, Diane imitates no one and chooses to play her melodies and solos in a very musical and seemingly uncomplicated way. All of the tunes work together, ranging from swing to jazz waltz, modern bossa and more. There is a subtle fire here that grows with repeated listening.

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Noel

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Noel

Following their CD Two for Brazil, Paulinho and Greg tackle the holiday repertoire with great class and style—set against the bossa nova and samba. Paulinho's guitar is the complete rhythm section and he sings our favorite seasonal tunes in English, except for the traditional Brazilian Boas Festas (Happy Holidays) in Portuguese. Greg is the consummate soloist; a perfect fit with Paulinho on both his tenor sax and flute. Together they are one of Chicago's musical treasures.

Kathy Kelly: A Different Vibe

Kathy Kelly: A Different Vibe

Kathy Kelly is now a veteran on the Chicago scene playing the vibes, an instrument nearly indigenous to jazz and often overlooked in a world of synthesis. She has played in Chicago for many years and also ventured to international gigs, including the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Gephart Long Quartet: Corners

Gephart Long Quartet: Corners

This CD, like their previous "Water Logic," is a stand out recording of a wonderful quartet. Everything comes together here, solid modern playing, original thoughts and flawless performance. This quartet also presents something that jazz has lost, they are a long-standing working group. Music of this dimension can only occur when the musicians share the same mind set and play together often.

Marshall Vente/Project 9, Sextet and Big Band: Marshall Law with Eldee Young, Howard Levy and Anna Dawson

Marshall Vente/Project 9, Sextet and Big Band: Marshall Law with Eldee Young, Howard Levy and Anna Dawson

Ron Surace: Trio City with Tatsu Aoki and Dave Pavkovic

Ron Surace is a fine pianist, now with three releases available on Southport. This recording recalls the era of piano trios on nearly every block in Chicago.

Joel Spencer/Kelly Sill Quartet: The Brighter Side Featuring Chris Potter and Garry Dial

Joel Spencer/Kelly Sill Quartet: The Brighter Side Featuring Chris Potter and Garry Dial

Drummer Joel Spencer and bassist Kelly Sill captured the Chicago jazz audience in the '70s through their work with John Campbell and Ed Peterson. Since then they have become one of the Chicago rhythm sections of choice among visiting stars—they have played with nearly everyone in the business!

Right Together; Redd Holt Sings; The Young Holts

Right Together; Redd Holt Sings; The Young Holts

Redd is the master drummer Chicago the world has loved for over 40 years. All jazz listeners are familiar with his work with Ramsey Lewis and Young/Holt Unlimited but need to pick-up on his independent Chicago releases.

Chris Green and New Perspective: On the Verge

Chris Green and New Perspective: On the Verge

Chris Green and his group New Perspective play high energy, electric, modern, original music centered on the even eighth note—that's right, jazz-fusion!

Greg Fishman: Indian Summer with Eddie Higgins

Greg Fishman: Indian Summer with Eddie Higgins

Tenor saxophonist Greg Fishman and pianist Eddie Higgins had met and played at a few sessions over the years. While Eddie was in town they decided to book some late night studio time at CRC and record some standards. The session was one of the shortest is history—all eight tunes were recorded direct to DAT in about ninety minutes with a studio bill that was less than a downtown dinner for two! This aside, their music reflects a lifetime of commitment to the art that is priceless.

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