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Sound Advice: Jazz With Gary Vercelli



For this week’s Sound Advice, CapRadio jazz music director Gary Vercelli previews new releases from Benny Green, Harold Mabern, Yellowjackets, Doug Webb and Miki Yamanaka.

Benny Green                                    
"For Regulars Only"                                          
Then And Now

This Dexter Gordon hard bop classic features rising vocalist Veronica Swift. Veronica comes from a fine pedigree. Her father was pianist Hod O’Brien, her mother jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. Swift and Goodman (who grew up in the bay area and played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers) will perform at the Mondavi Center, Feb. 27–March 2.

Harold Mabern                                
"A Few Miles From Memphis"         
The Iron Man: Live at Smoke

At 82, pianist Harold Mabern remains one of the idiom’s unsung heroes. In this live recording at NYC’s  Smoke, Mabern and his young colleagues, including tenor sax sensation Eric Alexander, ignite the club with soulful, swinging jazz. Mabern has worked as a sideman with jazz greats Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and Frank Strozier. This is his 26th album as a leader.

"Man Facing North"                                            
Raising Our Voice

Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza enhances the always contemporary Yellowjackets, including the vibrant tenor saxophone explorations of Bob Mintzer. From their fusion roots of 1981, this band continues to evolve and explore new dimensions.

Doug Webb
"The Things We Did Last Summer"                               
Fast Friends

Doug Webb is one of L.A.’s most sought-after studio musicians. His television credits include “Law & Order" and “The Simpsons” (Lisa’s Simpson’s saxophone). He is paired here with a great quartet, including pianist Mitchel Forman. Webb can burn with the best of them, but relaxes on this beautiful romantic ballad written by Jule Styne.

Miki Yamanaka                                 
"For All We Know"                                               

This native of Japan now gigs regularly in New York City. She has won praise from jazz great, pianist Larry Goldings. Her band features veteran vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who is featured on this ballad.

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