CD Review: The Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

 Bloom  (Nineteen Eight Records)  By Brian Arsenault In the wake of the pre-Christmas horror in Connecticut that I shall not name, I needed to be reassured that all beauty has not left the world.  Wonderfully, shortly after the holiday the pre-release copy of Bloom arrived.  Music to sooth the savage beast that so often afflicts… Read More CD Review: The Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

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CD Review: A Little Bit of Stomp, A Little Bit of Whomp

by Casey Dolan Rudder “Matorning” (Nineteen-Eight Records) Most rock listeners will not know who the hell these guys are, coming up, as they do, from the modern jazz ranks. That’s an injustice and just ridiculous. Rudder should be major. This is neither jazz in the strict sense nor rock, nor any of the conventional notions… Read More CD Review: A Little Bit of Stomp, A Little Bit of Whomp