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Tag Archive 'Straight-Ahead Jazz'

“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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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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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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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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