Jan P. Dennis

"Longboard jazzer"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (113 of 128)
Location: Monument, CO USA
Birthday: Nov. 21
In My Own Words:
The scary thing is, writing these reviews I think I've found a life.

I've decided I'll only review items appearing on various best seller lists, that way ensuring my reviews will be read by the largest number of readers, and, thus, one would hope, garner the most votes.

Just kidding.

Actually, I'm as likely to waste hours listening to music or reading books that will never crack the Ama… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 33,533 - Total Helpful Votes: 113 of 128
Baila, Gitano Baila ~ Roberto Rodriguez
Baila, Gitano Baila ~ Roberto Rodriguez
Though it lacks the all-star line-up of his pretty spectacular first outing, El Danzon De Moises, NY Downtown percussionist Rodriguez seems more easily at home on this disc with this hybrid music--Jewish/Cuban. Sticking with a single group of musicians throughout (leader Rodriguiz, percussion; Matt Darriau, clarinet, Bulgarian kaval, tin whistles, and Chinese trumpet; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Ted Reichman, accordion, Hammond B3, and Leslie organs; Meg Okura, violin; Sam Bardfeld, violin; Mary Wooten, cello; Brad Jones, bajo sexto, and Roberto Luis Rodriguez, trumpet, valve trombone, and bombard), he achieves a more consistently rendered soundscape, one combining the best of both… Read more
Time Flies ~ Ramsey Trio Lewis
Time Flies ~ Ramsey Trio Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly brilliant . . ., July 16 2004
. . . but dragged down by a few gratuitous moves. The big question for me is why couldn't've Ramsey Lewis resisted the urge to bring in some crowd-pleasing elements and just stuck with the glorious piano trio sound he conjures for most of this disc? After all, fellow fusionista Bob James stayed the course on his latest, as did Harvey Mason, and the results were pretty great. Alas, Mr. Lewis just couldn't seem to untether himself from the safety net of sweetening.
It must be admitted that sometimes the inclusion of additional musicians lifts the proceedings onto a higher plane, esp. when they are subtly deployed as on "Wade in the Water," featuring some very tasty guitar… Read more
Folkloriko ~ Susie Ibarra
Folkloriko ~ Susie Ibarra
. . . is that she doesn't rest on her laurels. Her most recent cd before this one was the highly praised and greatly accomplished Songbird Suite.
Folkloriko, her latest, represents a significant departure. Lacking the manifest gorgeousness of several of Songbird Suite's songs ("Azul" and "Passing Clouds"), it seeks to achieve a different effect and response. This is almost jazz "program music," analogous to, perhaps, The Moldau by Smetana. With this ambitious disc, Ibarra seeks to present a sound picture of what a day in the life of a Filipino immigrant worker might look (or, perhaps better, feel) like. Thus, it is seldom conventionally… Read more