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THE NEW YORKER, January 14, 2008
Jazz Notes, BEST OF 2007
Ruby Braff and The Flying Pizzarellis, "C´est Magnifique" (Arbors) Guitars always brought out the best in the cornetist who died in 2003, and on this, his final studio recording, he was joined by both Bucky and John Pizzrelli. Braff´s warm, velvety sound and knack for melodious improvisation are evident throughout the album.
Nicki Parrott and Rossano Sportiello, "People Will Say We´re In Love" (Arbors) Parrot is an exceptional bassist and an endearingly modest singer; Sportiello and adroit pianist with telepathic reflexes. Together, they add sparkle to well-trodden standards and reawaken such worthy sleepers as Johnny Hodges´ You Blew Out the Flame in My Heart and Tom McIntosh´s The Cup Bearers.
Carol Sloane, "Dearest Duke" (Arbors) There´s no place for Sloane to hide on this intimate set, and that works out just fine for this underrated veteran singer. Accompanied only by piano and Ken Peplowski´s clarinet and saxophone, Sloane glides over imperishable Ellington ballads, treating each one with the blend of delicacy and solidity that only a skilled vocalist can conjure. It´s minimalist magic.
- Steve Futterman
"The most notable product of the Johnny Mercer Centennial is pianist-singer Daryl Sherman´s current album, Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute. It´s also the most festive: The program unfolds like an all-star concert, with no shortage of guest stars." - Will Friedwald
Dick Hyman´s Century of Jazz Piano - A jazz education indispensable package - Jazz Times
Daryl Sherman´s CD Johnny Mercer: A Centennial Tribute is awarded the 2010 MAC Award in the "MAJOR RECORDING" category.
The new Nicki Parrott and Rossano Sportiello CD, Do It Again, is given in the May, 2010 issue of Limelight
Randy Sandke´s Jazz For Juniors receives in the March, 2010 issue of DOWNBEAT
Tom McDermott and Connie Jones: Creole Nocturne
"Pianist Tom McDermott is as comfortable and expert playing a Brazilian choro as he is digging into a Jelly Roll Morton rag." - Larry Blumenthal, The Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2008
Scott Robinson´s release, "Forever Lasting, The Compositions of Thad Jones" received in DownBeat, October 2008
Arbors Records new Bucky and John Pizzarelli release, "Generations" received in DownBeat, July 2007
Arbors Records new Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet release, "Hey, Look Me Over" received in DownBeat, July 2006
ARBORS RECORDS was chosen as one of the five BEST JAZZ RECORD LABELS of 2005 in the December issue of All About Jazz-New York !
Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke´s CD "Now & Again" received 1/2 from critic Ted Panken in the August 2005 issue of DownBeat
The Blue Chip Jazz CD Awards in the April 2005 issue of Jazz Education Journal selects the Statesmen of Jazz: A Multitude of Stars as one of Best Instumentals of 2004 and Bob Dorough´s Sunday at Iridium was selected as one of the Best Vocals of 2004.
Arbors Records is voted one of the 10 best jazz labels of 2003 ! - DownBeat Magazine, Critics Poll, August, 2004
Kenny Davern Quartet CD ""In Concert at the Outpost Performance Space" received from jazz critic Owen Cordle
Buddy DeFranco: Cookin´ The Books, with the John Pizzarelli Trio and Butch Miles
John Ephland, DownBeat, May 2004
Warren Vache´s CD, Dream Dancing, was awarded the "Grand Prix du Disque for 2004" by the HOT-CLUB OF FRANCE
Allan Vache and Friends: Ballads, Burners and Blues
D. Oscar Groomes, O´s Place Jazz Newsletter, May 2004
An Intimate Evening with Dave McKenna
"From the opening Original Dixieland Jazz Band romp "Fidgety Feet" to the dreamlike "It´s The Last Dance," Mr. McKenna´s orchestral piano is so fulfilling and sometimes overwhelming that, after the concert, a woman told the soloist he had moved her to tears. "I played that bad," he said, smiling. Having listened to the recording often, I find that Mr. McKenna lifts me above the turmoil of global news to a touch of hope for the human condition." Nat Hentoff, The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2002
Johnny Frigo´s DNA Exposed!"This fantastic album by jazz violinist Johnny Frigo deserves space in any jazz fan´s collection. DNA Exposed is one of those rare releases that you´ll keep in you CD player for along time. It´s a delight." - Bob Powers of Powerssound
The Michael Moore Trio: The History of Jazz,Volume 2: Dedications
John Ephland, DownBeat, January 2003
Johnny Varro´s Swing 7 Swinging on West 57th Street D. Oscar Groomes, O´s NOTES: "Johnny (p) leads a super swinging band with seven all-stars. Randy Sandke (t), Dan Barrett (tb), Ken Peplowski (cl), Scott Robinson (s), Michael Moore (b) and Joe Ascione (d) do justice to classics from Ellington, Waller, Jolsen and Hodges. If you like true swing, you´ll be in heaven." Performance rated: 4 Sound rated: 4
Bob Wilber and The Tuxedo Big Band: Fletcher Henderson´s Unrecorded Arrangements For Benny Goodman
John McDonough, Down Beat, December 2000
If a tenth Beethoven symphony or a second Gershwin rhapsody turned up, we would hear about it quickly enough. This album offers something every bit as important within the realm of jazz orchestration --16 lost (or at least mislaid) arrangements by the most important single figure outside of Ellington in the history of the jazz orchestra, Fletcher Henderson. Wilber and the Tuxedo band have set out to bring an unexpected freshness to the legendary Henderson-Goodman partnership and have hit the mark to five-star perfection. -- John McDonough
Daryl Sherman and Dave McKenna: Jubilee
John McDonough, Down Beat Magazine, November, 2000
"Record of the year: Clarinet Blue by Bobby Gordon and Dave McKenna on Arbors Jazz" -- Joe H. Klee, The Mississippi Rag
Ruby Braff: The Cape Codfather Pound for pound, Ruby Braff is the best cornetist on this planet --Harvey Siders, JazzTimes Magazine
Five Play: On the Brink was selected as a 1999 Critics Picks top 5 album in the February 2000 issue of JazzTimes by Nat Hentoff
John Sheridan and His Dream Band: Dream Band, Make Me Dream Some More was selected as one of Meilleurs Disques Chroniques en 1999 by Le Hot Club de France Federation
John Sheridan Solo Piano: They Can´t Take That Away From Me: Selected as one of Meilleurs Disques Chroniques en 1999 by Le Hot Club de France Federation
Michael Moore: The History of Jazz, Volume 1
Johnny Varro Swing 7: Afterglow Awarded prestigious Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz by Le Hot Club du France Federation
Bryan Shaw: Night Owl
"A TORCHBEARER FOR TIMELESS SWING...Bryan Shaw is not a household name, not even in jazz households. But on his first CD as a leader, Night Owl, the California-based 46-year-old trumpet player recalls the flair of Bunny Berigan, the melodic romanticism of Ruby Braff and the way players in the rural South were described before the word ´jazz´ was in vogue. In those days, listeners called improvisers ´singing horns.´" Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2001