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Review of Yellowjackets with the WDR Big Band: Jackets XL

Yellowjackets with the WDR Big Band: Jackets XL

Bob Mintzer

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Mintzer is a long-time associate of the WDR band. However, the Mack Avenue releases have emphasised the Jackets' small group...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Billy Childs: Acceptance

Billy Childs: Acceptance

Billy Childs

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

Childs' last new release, 2017's Rebirth, was greeted with considerable pleasure in Jazzwise 218 and with nothing less than a...

Reviewed in issue October/2020

Review of Christian Sands: Be Water

Christian Sands: Be Water

Christian Sands

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Marcus Miller has an eponymously titled track dedicated to him; and Lalo Schifrin wrote a memorable soundtrack in the 1970s...

Reviewed in issue September/2020

Review of Erroll Garner: Magician

Erroll Garner: Magician

Erroll Garner

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Preceding Plays Gershwin and Kern, the concluding record in this reissue series of Garner's Octave recordings (reviewed in the July...

Reviewed in issue September/2020

Review of John Beasley MONK’estra: MONK’estra Plays John Beasley

John Beasley MONK’estra: MONK’estra Plays John Beasley

John Beasley

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

John Beasley has an impressive CV – work with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Steely Dan and...

Reviewed in issue September/2020

Review of Erroll Garner: Plays Gershwin and Kern

Erroll Garner: Plays Gershwin and Kern

Kelly Martin | Jimmie Smith | Erroll Garner | Charles ‘Ike’ Isaacs | José Mangual | Eddie Calhoun

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

This final album in the 12-record series of Garner's Octave records from the 1960s and 70s begins with a version...

Reviewed in issue July/2020

Review of Erroll Garner: That's My Kick

Erroll Garner: That's My Kick

Charli Persip | Milt Hinton | Jerome Richardson | Jimmie Smith | Bernie Glow | Erroll Garner | Marvin Stamm | Johnny Pacheco | George Jenkins | George Duvivier

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

The first of these albums, That's My Kick, marks Garner's return to the studio in 1966 after a five-year gap.Despite...

Reviewed in issue June/2020

Review of Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Ivan Taylor | Bill Wysake | Connie Han | Jeremy Pelt | Walter Smith III

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Going by just appearance, you might mistake the 24-year old pianist Connie Han for a glamorous female classical crossover artist...

Reviewed in issue June/2020

Review of Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up

Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up

Aaron Goldberg | Jimmy Greene | Stefon Harris | Kendrick Scott | Lage Lund | Reuben Rogers

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

The heavyweight support on American multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Greene's latest release are long-term acquaintances, who since recording with Greene, have developed...

Reviewed in issue June/2020

Review of Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond

Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond

Aaron Diehl | Paul Sikivie | Gregory Hutchinson

Editor's Choice

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

Aaron Diehl, the award-engulfed pianist and composer from Ohio, is the kind of jazz artist who coaxes grateful smiles from...

Reviewed in issue April/2020

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