It's a pity that someone as conspicuously talented as Janelle Reichman couldn't prompt at least one bona fide record label to release her remarkable debut, Middleground. But that's emblematic of today's music biz: without a name, talent simply doesn't cut it. While the other members of Reichman's quintet are also nameless--or may as well be--they are no less adept than she, and together they have produced an impressive narrative that swings and satisfies from start to finish. Besides playing tasteful tenor saxophone and clarinet, Reichman wrote every number save one (Joni Mitchell's pensive Both Sides Now," which ...read more
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