More Favorites of 2014: Peter Brendler and Captain Black Big Band

Ok folks, a couple more of my favorite albums from the last year (and as always, the whole list can be found here).... Peter Brendler, Outside the Line (Posi-tone) - What a sizzling, fun, and adventurous date. Bassist Brendler, joined by the unbeatable front line of tenor saxist Rich Perry and trumpeter Peter Evans, and …

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Rundown of Releases from Posi-Tone Part Two: Ehud Asherie/Harry Allen

Perhaps my favorite release from the last year of Posi-tone's offering has been the fantastic piano/tenor duo by Ehud Asherie and Harry Allen.  Since I reviewed this one in Downbeat all I can do is steer you in the direction of the review, and hopefully you check the album out.  My 4.5 star review of …

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Recent Releases from Posi-Tone, part 1: Ralph Bowen

Marc Free's Posi-tone Records is one of a handful of labels that churns out a significant number of quality albums on a regular basis.  In the past couple of months the label has sent numerous new releases my way, so today I'm hitting you with a multi-part rundown of some of my favorites. I reviewed …

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3 New Discs from Posi-Tone, part 3: new discs from David Gibson and Jared Gold

Ok, so the final installment of this 3 part series of new records from Posi-Tone is finally making its conclusion.  I was originally gonna finish this up with a single review of Jared Gold's All Wrapped Up, but a couple weeks after I got that record I received David Gibson's End of the Tunnel.  Since …

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3 New Discs from Posi-Tone, part 2: Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band

Orrin Evans: Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone PR 8078) There's nothing like hearing a big band charging ahead at full throttle, which is what you get with Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band.  The tunes, arrangements and style is a contemporary and updated take on the traditional, swinging, high powered big band; it's …

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3 New Discs From Posi-Tone, Part 1: Benjamin Drazen’s Inner Flights

Thanks to the good folks at Posi-Tone records I've been receiving their new releases after reviewing Ralph Bowen's latest in the April issue of Downbeat.  Except for the work done by saxophonist Sean Nowell for the label (who happens to be a friend of a friend and a super nice guy) I was pretty unfamiliar …

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