CD Review: Jennifer Leitham’s “Mood(S)wings”

By Devon Wendell Jennifer Leitham is a true seeker, a southpaw bassist supreme, fearless songwriter, and a jazz master to be reckoned with. Her new album MOOD(S)WINGS is a lush and beautiful musical tapestry that crosses mainstream pop and jazz with an introspective brilliance that places her in a class all by herself. Her music continues… Read More CD Review: Jennifer Leitham’s “Mood(S)wings”

Keeping the GAS (The Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “The Way You Look Tonight”

by Roger Crane, the Song Scout BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION When Chelsea Clinton got married, her father, the jazz-loving Bill Clinton showed up with a recording of Frank Sinatra singing the  Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields’  “The Way You Look Tonight.” This was the ex-President’s choice for the Bride-Father dance. (“Good selection, Mr. President.”) Fred Astaire introduced this lovely, warm song in the… Read More Keeping the GAS (The Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “The Way You Look Tonight”

Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Big Band Jazz: Jimmy Heath’s “Really Big!” (Riverside)

By Devon  Wendell By 1960, Jimmy Heath was known as a true bop titan on the tenor saxophone. But on Riverside’s Really Big!, recorded that year, Heath’s big band arrangements and the incredible artists who made up his orchestra (Jimmy Heath, tenor saxophone, Clark Terry, trumpet, Nat Adderley, cornet, Tom McIntosh, trombone, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley,… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Big Band Jazz: Jimmy Heath’s “Really Big!” (Riverside)

CD Songs of the Holidays: The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ultimate Motown

By Don Heckman The Jackson 5 “Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection” (Motown) What a great soundtrack for the holidays. The Jackson 5 with little Michael Jackson singing the lead on, among others, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Up on the Housetop,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” And there’s… Read More CD Songs of the Holidays: The Jackson 5, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Ultimate Motown