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Jerome Sabbagh: The Turn

“This is one of three bands tenor saxophonist, Jerome Sabbagh leads amid his numerous gigs as a session artist and group member with pianists Laurent Coq and Guillermo Klein, paired with many other diverse musical roles in the modern jazz community. This quartet strikes back with its third album, following Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007) and North [...]

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Joe Beck: Get Me Joe Beck

“‘My aim on the guitar is to try to get each chord to follow the preceding chord like it was meant to be there, and then sort of hint at what the next chord might be,’ Joe Beck says, in one of several spoken introductions sprinkled throughout Get Me Joe Beck. The CD, recorded live [...]

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Avishai Cohen: Dark Nights

“From the brooding opening title track to the closing Chet Baker homage, ‘I Fall in Love Too Easily,’ Dark Nights unapologetically embraces the heart of jazz. Every aspect of the album—from the cover photo, to Cohen’s precise trumpet inflections, to the trio’s dedication to immediacy and collective improvisation (and even the album’s forays into electronic [...]

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David Weiss: When Words Fail

“Over the years, Weiss has earned much critical praise and respect for his ambitious and wide-ranging work with The New Jazz Composers Octet, his support and championing of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard during that icon’s last years, explorations with his Point Of Departure band, burn-and-drive work with The Cookers, and reworkings of saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter’s music. [...]

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Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits

“…the album showcases lead singer Rachel Price’s resonant, old-school singing, which is still the main reason to listen to Lake Street Dive. Of course, with her band backing her at various times with harmony vocals, jazzy trumpet, crunchy tube guitar riffs, and woody jazz basslines, there’s always something rootsy and unexpected happening around her on [...]

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Ark Ovrutski: 44:33

“Titled after the length of the album, this latest release by bassist Ark Ovrutski delivers just under ¾ of an hour’s worth of toe tapping post bop. Along with Michael Dease/tb, Michael Thomas/as-ss, David Berkman/p an dUllysses Owens/dr, Ovrutski sizzles on pieces like ‘New Orleans’ and ‘Medium’ that feature Deases rich trombone, while Thomas uses [...]

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Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

“The Lagos Music Salon is not only Somi’s finest recording to date, but stands with Dee Dee Bridgewater’s classic Red Earth as an album that expertly explores the symbiotic relationship between American evolutionary music forms and their mirror image in modern African pop. It does so with a passionate conscience, a maestro’s discipline, and the [...]

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Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe of Heaven

“Lathe of Heaven, is a measured, thoughtfully precise album that blurs the lines between post-bop jazz, classical chamber music, and free improvisation. Working with his pianoless quartet featuring trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore, Turner has developed an ensemble-based approach to jazz that sidesteps both traditional and avant-garde jazz conventions at [...]

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Nels Cline & Julian Lage: Room

“For all its starkness, on Room these players not only support one another, they create space for reconsideration and expansion. Cline takes Lage further out onto the improvisational ledge than he’s ever been before, while Lage draws Cline toward a sense of lyricism and restraint he hasn’t employed in many years. Room betrays no hesitation, [...]

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“Though her two previous recordings were noteworthy as showcases for her soloing and compositions, it is with Crash Trio — Chilean bassist Pablo Menares and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (both are also composers) — that she shines brightest. Save for readings of Harry Warren’s ‘You’re My Everything’ and a tenor solo on Monk’s ‘Ask Me [...]

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Bob Stewart: Connections – Mind the gap

“And now for something complete different…Connections – Mind The Gap is an organic mix of classical, blues and improvisational music that is built around the tuba. Jazz tuba is nothing new yet the inherent misconception is that the instruments natural “limitations” which include being the lowest pitched brass instrument would have the tuba relegated to [...]

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Seth MacFarlane: Holiday for Swing!

“One thing eternal prankster Seth MacFarlane takes seriously is Frank Sinatra….MacFarlane, perhaps wisely, opted to channel his Sinatra obsession into a Christmas record called Holiday for Swing!…MacFarlane loves Frank too much to mess with his music so he winds up with a retro salute that’s thoroughly pleasant.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“This is the first Christmas release by celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming….[I]t’s not 100 percent clear that this is not an operatic album at all, but a jazz-pop collection. Fleming has sung this kind of music before, but she has made her reputation mostly through pure operatic releases….In all this is a holiday release that [...]

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“Childs is joined by such like-minded luminaries as vocalist Renee Fleming, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and others. Ultimately, with Map to the Treasure, Childs doesn’t simply reimagine Nyro’s songs as elevate them in a spiritual and heartfelt celebration of her life and music.” –All Music Guide [...]

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Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden: Last Dance

“This hushed duo set sounds like the epilogue to Jasmine, the collection of reflections on Broadway classics and ballads that Jarrett and double-bassist Haden made four years ago….Jarrett’s timing and sense of space, plus Haden’s spontaneous countermelodies, continue to provide low-lit delights….It’s just as good as Jasmine, and hopefully not a Last Dance for this partnership.” –The [...]

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Bobby Hutcherson: Enjoy the View

“Bobby Hutcherson’s 2014 album, Enjoy the View, finds the vibraphonist joining forces with saxophonist David Sanborn, organist/trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco, and drummer Billy Hart on a set of swinging, funky, and adventurous songs.Ultimately, Enjoy the View is an album of expansive, highly engaging music that harks back to the best of Hutcherson’s ’60s and ’70s work.” [...]

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Brian Blade: Landmarks

“Blade controls nearly every tune with not-always-obvious elements: fat-bottomed tone, strong melodic themes and an acceleration and deceleration of pace that always pushes and pulls against expectations….It’s a testament to Blade’s leadership that his fellow musicians rein in their considerable technical facility to bring all that feeling to the fore.” –JazzTimes Check Our Catalog Listen [...]

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Ivan Lins: Amorágio

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Ana Moura: Desfado

“Ana Moura is one of Portugal’s finest fado singers, celebrated for her passionate style and her exploration of both traditional and so-called musical fado, in which a wider set of songs are treated to a fado setting; one of her best live songs is the Rolling Stones’ No Expectations.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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Roswell Rudd: Trombone for Lovers

“Legendary jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd may be 78 years young, but he hasn’t lost a beat as a vibrant musician. On the consistent and enjoyable Trombone for Lovers, Rudd – ‘with a little help from … friends’ – covers songs that are meaningful to him encompassing various genres.” –Pop Matters Check Our Catalog

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