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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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The Jamie Baum Septet: In This Life

“From its first penetrating flute notes the sonic textures of South Asia frame Jamie Baum’s ambitious collection In This Life, which successfully spotlights her compositional acuity, instrumental prowess, and talents as a bandleader….In This Life presents tightly focused, well-executed forays requiring close attention to extract their subtle motions and graceful depths.” –All About Jazz Check [...]

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“The record’s narrative concerns an effort to build the ‘tallest tower in the world’ in Brooklyn’s center (not so far-fetched given recent NYC real estate developments), and is interspersed with atmospheric interludes that further underscore both Argue’s ambition and his talents given how beautifully the record stands as a whole. As a performance, ‘Brooklyn Babylon’ [...]

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Danilo Pérez: Panama 500

“Panamanian-born pianist Danilo Pérez’s 2014 album, Panama 500, is an expansive effort that showcases his trio as they delve deep into the music and folkloric traditions of Pérez’s homeland. Panama 500 is an ambitious work that showcases all of Pérez’s immense technical skills, jazz knowledge, and deep, abiding love of his Latin American roots.” –All [...]

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Fred Hersch and Julian Lage: Free Flying

“Hersch and Lage mesh superbly and have put together a coherent and listenable set of sophisticated improvisations which fuse baroque counterpoint, punctuated rhythms, and diverse jazz motifs in a disciplined yet exciting way. Simply by virtue of the close coordination of piano and guitar and tightness of performance, the album points up the continuity of [...]

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“Crosby had a particular fondness for songs by Johnny Mercer, his friend and frequent collaborator, and he tracked 100 or so of them during his long career. This generous set collects 22 of these recordings on a single disc, including several previously unreleased radio performances, and fun duets with the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, and [...]

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“Pedrito Martinez is undeniably one of the most talented young musicians in Latin music today and has become one of the most in-demand in the industry for both his beautiful voice and his exceptional percussion skills. The group he leads is expanding the definitions of Latin jazz seamlessly blending the styles of timba, gospel, guaguanco, [...]

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Vieux Farka Touré: Mon Pays

“Mon Pays is an album of great complexity, expressing joy, sorrow, and wonderment….Whatever the outcome for the people of Mali, the rest of the world should feel fortunate to have access to music like this.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Patricia Barber: Smash

“Patricia Barber is a crack jazz pianist, an innovative composer, a singular vocal stylist, and among the most original lyricists/song-poets to come down the pipe in 40 years….Smash is an extraordinary achievement. Here, jazz is popular music without being anything other than itself. Its depth, creativity, searing poetry, and artisan musicianship make it a peerless [...]

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“At their best, hip-hop and jazz remain most adept at breaking the mold, and the footprints of both genres can be heard on Vijay Iyer’s and Mike Ladd’s inspiring new album. An ambitious collaboration between one of the most celebrated jazz pianists today in Iyer and poet-MC Ladd… ‘Holding It Down’ is the duo’s third [...]

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Woman Child

“The U.S. debut album from jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, 2013′s WomanChild is a bewitching, exuberant introduction to this immensely talented young singer. The winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk jazz vocal competition, Salvant has the technical ability, lyrical sense, and undeniable charisma to sustain a career that could undoubtedly match those of her idols [...]

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Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move

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Craig Taborn Trio: Chants

“Less than two years after Avenging Angel, his solo ECM debut, pianist Craig Taborn returns with his longstanding trio of bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver….Chants is a strong statement from Taborn both as a composer and bandleader, but it’s also a dialogue on the trio format itself, as articulated by this vastly talented, [...]

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