Author Archive for George W. Harris

Anouar Braham: Souvenance

Tunisian born oud master Anouar Braham has released a number of albums in intimate envrironments, but this time out he gets ambitious, and successfully so, by teaming up with a string quartet and a string orchestra along with a simpatico…

SWING AND BOP FROM AVID…Earl Hines: Four Classic Albums Plus, Harry James: Four Classic Albums Plus, Cecil Payne: Three Classic Albums Plus, Phil Woods: Four Classic Albums

Uk-based Avid continues its stellar reissue program, this time spotlighting guys that were the standard bearers for swing and bop, respectively. Earl “Fatha” Hines is easily one of the top 5 most important pianists in jazz history, liberating it from it’s…

Dan Siegel: Indigo

Gave up hope for contemporary jazz? It all doesn’t have to be “smooth” or cacaphonic. Keyboardist Dan Siegel keeps it accessible but also hard swinging on this disc with Bob Sheppard/sax, Allen Hinds/g, Brian Bromberg/b, Will Kennedy/dr, Craig Fundyga/vib and…

Anonymous 4: 1865

Want to hear something from the REAL American Songbook? Try out this collection of tunes published during the Civil War, used by both North and South. Bruce Molsky brings his fiddle and banjo along to join up with the Anonymous…