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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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“Hagar’s Song is a deeply intimate, intuitive offering from saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran, who has been a key part of Lloyd’s quartet since 2008. The program is a collection of standards and originals, as well as one thorny, angular free improvisation (‘Pictogram’)….Hagar’s Song finds Lloyd and Moran at their most naturally curious [...]

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“With so many varying styles, it’s a bit of a surprise that it comes together so effortlessly, but at its core, Krule is showing all sides of his U.K. environment, and the multiple genres laced into the sparse backdrop are held together by an overlying somber grey fog. Peel that back and you have one [...]

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“Recorded at shows in Berlin and Stockholm, the John Coltrane Quartet — with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones — is in tremendous form here….Afro Blue Impressions is the sound of one of the greatest — albeit short-lived — quartets in jazz history completely coming into its own in concert.” –All [...]

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Bill Frisell: Big Sur

“Bill Frisell’s Big Sur… collects 19 individual pieces in a suite commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. He spent ten days in retreat at Big Sur’s Glen Deven Ranch, where he composed most of it….On Big Sur, Frisell delivers an inspired musical portrayal of the land, sky, sea, and wildlife of the region with majesty, [...]

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John Medeski: A Different Time

“John Medeski’s solo piano debut was a long time coming. Recorded for Sony Masterworks’ revived Okeh imprint, it’s a 41-minute showcase of a pianist we’ve not really encountered — at least at this length — before….A Different Time may be the first solo entry for Medeski, but given its quality, it hopefully isn’t the last.” [...]

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Stix Hooper: Jazz Gems

“[A]n outstanding creative session of mostly first takes and intimate ‘conversations’ among three minds from three different cultures. The result is superb modern music encompassing jazz, blues, funk, straight-ahead swing; an example of what the international medium of jazz is all about.” –CD Universe Check Our Catalog

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Gregory Porter: Liquid Spirit

“A singer whose quicksilver vocal style refuses to be caged by either jazz, gospel, or R&B, his warm, inviting baritone utilizes them all when he wishes to….While his first two recordings revealed a major new talent with their promise, Liquid Spirit is a giant step forward artistically, and for the listener, an exercise in musical [...]

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Ben Monder: Hydra

“Together, Monder and his band create a highly sophisticated group sound that can unnerve you one minute and envelope you in ambient warmth the next….Ultimately, Hydra is a highly engaging and unique recording that ranks as one of Monder’s best.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Gary Willis: Retro

“Retro’s ten tracks cover a lot of ground, offering up some old school funk, some fusion, some hard swing and a few ballads. The album also features a few covers, including the Beatles’ ‘Norwegian Wood,’ Bill Evans’ ‘We Will Meet Again’ and an old standard, ‘For All We Know,’ – a cover made popular by [...]

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