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Damon Short: Go Figure

Damon Short: Go Figure

It took almost 6 years to Damon Short to get this recording out. In itself, this is a tribute to the drummer’s persistence and unabated will to present his music even if commercial success and proper recognition have been eluding him—even in Chicago.

Despite Short’s uncompromising resolve, Go Figure remains relatively accessible. Of course, it will take time to truly appreciate the wealth of the compositions, which strike a balance between tuneful ensemble playing and unbridled soloing.

Matt Geraghty Project: Mozaic

Matt Geraghty Project: Mozaic

For his sophomore effort, Matt Geraghty reconvened the same cast as on the debut, augmented on some of the numbers by special guests. This album, more than its predecessor, emphasizes Geraghty’s love for the sounds of Spain and Brazil. The theme of the opening track “Sevilla” cleverly re-establishes the link between flamenco and Indian music, from which the former is derived. It is followed by two more originals featuring singer Luciano Antonio, a member of Chicago Samba, who wrote his own lyrics.

You Can't Steal a Gift

You Can't Steal a Gift
By Gene Lees Yale University Press, 2001, 252 pages, $27.95
reviewed by Susan Markle

Eldee Young and Marshall Vente:The Long and Short of Jazz

Eldee Young and Marshall Vente:The Long and Short of Jazz

Dan McIntyre: Hourglass

Dan McIntyre: Hourglass

Tommy Muellner: It’s All About Time

Tommy Muellner: It’s All About Time

Margaret Carlson - This Christmas—My Favorite Things

Margaret Carlson
This Christmas—My Favorite Things

Margaret is a fine young vocalist who took some time off to launch her family and is now pursuing her career in Chicago.

Frank Portolese: Last Call

Frank Portolese: Last Call

Chicago is blessed with several magnificent jazz guitarists and Frank Portolese has been a leader of this six-string fraternity for over 20 years. On this outing, his second release for Southport, Frank gives us five wonderful original tunes, the standard These Foolish Things, and five modern jazz classics.

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Brazil

Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman: Two for Brazil

Ryan Cohan: Real World

Ryan Cohan: Real World

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