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Cassandra Wilson Kicks Off the Season at PAC SUNY Purchase College NY

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Ms. Wilson's voice is the feature here and she did not disappoint, but despite a generally pleasing performance, it was a bit disappointing that Ms.Wilsons' voice was not highlighted more and that band, however good, was more in the background.

A Hip Baritone Sings the Music of Miles Davis

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

When the crooner Giacomo Gates tackles a project, you never know what to expect, but you can pretty much take it to the bank that it will be both entertaining and interesting.

The Revolution Will Be Jazz: Giacomo Gates Celebrates The Music Of Gil Scott-Heron

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.24.2011 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Revolution Will Be Jazz is certainly a noble homage to Gil Scott-Heron and his work. Mr. Ruffin should be proud of the results. With this album Mr. Gates has successfully ventured into new ground.