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“Together, the quartet plays a set of original songs that straddle the line between ambient tone poems, exploratory modal jazz, and punk-inflected noise jams.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Motion Picture Soundtrack: Miles Ahead

“While fans may take issue with the entire idea of edits, they serve a proper purpose inside the soundtrack concept. Interspersed are bits of dialogue by Cheadle (as Davis) and others. They are so short they don’t distract.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“A majestic, clamorous work of spiritually motivated, large ensemble jazz and gospel, Wynton Marsalis’ 2016 The Abyssinian Mass is a truly epic offering.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Jaco Pastorius: Jaco: Original Soundtrack

“…JACO: Original Soundtrack is a rare soundtrack album that honors its subject by demonstrating not just the subject’s own work but showing how the father of ‘Punk Jazz’ affected so many others in such a wide variety of genres.” –Allaboutjazz.com/JohnKelman Check our Catalog

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“Often, The Silver Lining features little more than just the singer and the pianist — when they’re augmented by other musicians, it’s just bass and drums, offering a bit of rhythm and color — and this sparseness never seems austere due to the inherent warmth of the musicians’ easy interplay, not to mention their individual […]

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Fred Hersch: Solo

“Fred Hersch Solo is a set that puts the pianist’s technical expertise front and center. His is an approach rich in emotion, with a nimble delicacy of touch.” -Allaboutjazz.com/Dan McClenaghan Check our Catalog

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Herb Alpert: Come Fly with Me

“…by keeping things simple, Alpert and his collaborators illuminate all of the tenderness and direct lyricism of his horn playing.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Melody Gardot: Currency of Man

“…Gardot is stronger than ever here, her instrument is bigger and fuller yet it retains that spectral smokiness that is her trademark. Currency of Man is a further step away from the lithe, winsome pop-jazz that garnered her notice initially, and it’s a welcome one.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Annie Lennox: Nostalgia

“Annie Lennox’s 2014 covers collection, Nostalgia, finds the former Eurythmics vocalist soulfully interpreting various pop, jazz, and R&B standards. In many ways, Nostalgia works as a companion piece to her similarly inventive 2010 album, the holiday-themed Christmas Cornucopia. As with that album, Lennox eschews predictability by picking an unexpected set of songs and producing them […]

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

“Break Stuff is modern jazz on the bleeding edge, a music that not only asks musical questions but answers them, and it does so accessibly and immediately, no matter the form or concept it chooses to express. This trio aims at an interior center, finds it, and pushes out, projecting Iyer & Co.’s discoveries.” -allmusic.com […]

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Chick Corea Trio: Trilogy

“Arguably (and not many would argue) the greatest living jazz pianist, Chick Corea has had a long and highlight-filled career, beginning with his tenure with the great Miles Davis when Davis was defining the jazz-rock synthesis, through Corea’s own breakthrough jazz fusion recordings and his subsequent journeys into everything from the post-bop avant-garde to classical […]

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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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