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Bradley Young: Midnight Rhapsody

Bradley Young: Midnight Rhapsody

Pianist Bradley Young studied jazz piano with Jackie Byard, recorded with Chet Baker, played with many in the '80's jazz scene in Chicago and went on to become a commercial bandleader in demand by the black tie set in both Chicago and Los Angles. On this recording Young shows us that his piano chops are not only intact but have grown and he is also a fine composer.

Corky McClerkin: Island of Dreams

Corky McClerkin: Island of Dreams

Corky McClerkin is one of Chicago's great pianists capable of nearly anything in music. He is a tremendous asset to any sized band, any style, electric or acoustic and plays fine solo piano, too.

John Temmerman: The Power of Two

John Temmerman: The Power of Two

Malachi Thompson: Talking Horns

Malachi Thompson: Talking Horns

Malachi Thompson is trumpeter/composer who is well known in jazz circles for his uncompromising music for his Freebop band and larger ensemble, Africa Brass. He writes well, plays with fire and always surrounds himself with great musicians. He is also a jazz activist, his liner notes on this release challenge Ken Burns and his long documentary Jazz for accuracy, completeness and the jazz link between St. Louis and Chicago.

Orbert Davis: Priority

Orbert Davis: Priority

Trumpeter Orbert Davis is nearly everywhere there is fine jazz in Chicago. On this, his second CD release, Davis shows us his great chops, fine original compositions and his interpretations of the music of Wayne Shorter and Bill Withers.

Tony Rankin: Interlude

Tony Rankin: Interlude

Russ Phillips: Love Walked In

On this recording Russ Phillips easily convinces all listeners that he is truly one of the finest trombonists in Chicago.

Marlene Rosenberg: Pieces of —

Marlene Rosenberg: Pieces of —

Marlene Rosenberg is a well-known bassist in Chicago jazz circles and many points beyond. In addition to her fine original playing and big sound, she is sought after for her flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to new music. This is an adventurous swinging recording that highlights Marlene’s compositions complimented by a few new editions of standards and two by Cedar Walton.

John Wright Trio: The Wright Feeling

John Wright Trio: The Wright Feeling

John Wright has been playing piano and setting the standard for trios in Chicago for nearly 50 years. His style is both the majestic and blues-drenched with a big sound that fills a room with sound and fans! There is little doubt that his earlier recordings on Prestige (check out South Side Soul) influenced many Chicago pianists to “cross-over”—merging more blues into standards and jazz—and shape the “Chicago school” piano trio sound.

Tim AuBuchon: Bluz fer Mo

Tim AuBuchon: Bluz fer Mo

Tim AuBuchon is new to Chicago, he blew in from Missouri about six years ago to attend Northwestern University, became an educator and represents the new generation of solid players that we should check out. In a world of thousands of tenor players Tim stands out with a mature sound and an exceptional concept for improvising. There is no grandstanding, over-blowing or wasted notes here—only well-chosen notes and solid modern improvising.

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