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Brad Mehldau Trio / GoGo Penguin at World Cafe Live

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If there's one thing about music that keeps us all going, it has to be endless adaptability. There's no instrument or genre that doesn't have some fresh possibilities still to discover (except maybe hair metal, I suppose). jny:Philadelphia's World Cafe Live offered yet another illustration of the idea by hosting two exceptional piano trios within the space of a week. The basic setup may be the same, but the results could have hardly been more different. Brad Mehldau ...

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Mark Murphy: Live in Athens, Greece

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No figure in jazz personified hip the way that the late Mark Murphy did. For more than half a century he taught the world what it meant to be a true artist, pushing boundaries, walking the tightrope, and going where he pleased. He had it all--wit, charm, guile, good taste, a pure improviser's spirit, a flexible and powerful voice--and he willingly shared it. Murphy remained current and above the trend-based fray(s) for most of his career, starting ...

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The Rhythm Future Quartet at The Evening Muse

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The Rhythm Future Quartet The Evening Muse Charlotte, NC April 23, 2016 The Rhythm Future Quartet plays Gypsy jazz with one eye towards the past and the other towards the present. They've got the style, they've got the chops, and they're not afraid to try new things. As one of a series of shows billed as album release parties for their second release Travels, much of the program was taken from there. Bassist Greg ...

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Dan Whieldon Trio: Positive Changes

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Pianist Dan Whieldon hails from Manchester and has been active in the North West of England's jazz scene for the last decade. Positive Changes is his debut release as leader, made not with fellow Mancunians but with players from Belgium--where he studied and where the album was made--and Holland. Bill Evans is an acknowledged inspiration and Whieldon displays a confident and strongly melodic writing style--a mix that creates a readily accessible first outing.Whieldon's lyrical piano opens “E. P." ...

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Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma

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Hasta Karma is the eighth solo album from Dewa Budjana. Though famous as a rock guitarist in his native Indonesia, one might never know it by the way he plays jazz, a path he has been seeking, and owning, for nearly two decades. The expansive foundation of “Saniscara," which introduces this supple set, underscores the talents of a topflight studio band. It's by no coincidence that Dewa should have hooked up with bassist Ben Williams and drummer António Sanchez, both ...

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Dor Herskovits Trio: Happy

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Happy is the debut digit-only EP release (available here) from drummer Dor Herskovits who leads his trio, pianist Isaac Wilson and bassist Max Salinger-Ridley through one standard, “My One And Only Love" and four other original compositions totally about twenty-seven minutes of very fine music making. As a piano trio, Wilson is naturally out front, and is an extremely articulate player with a very nice touch and wonderful harmonic and rhythmic instincts, with Herskovits and Ridley providing sensitive ...

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Jackie Ryan and the Larry McKenna Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Jackie Ryan and the Larry McKenna Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 23, 2016 Jackie Ryan is acquiring a reputation as a “must hear" vocalist. When this reviewer heard DJ Bob Perkins ("BP with the GM") praise her singing on WRTI, he decided to attend her show at Chris' Jazz Café to see what she could do in person, the true test of a singer's ability. Then, to increase the anticipation, the band ...

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Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Hong Kong

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Most guides to Hong Kong list the genre melding Fringe and Bert's and the loungish Blue Room among the city's jazz venues. Very few mention “Ned Kelly's Last Stand." The oldest Hong Kong pub has presented live music sessions from the start. Among those who have graced its stage include vocalist Rosemary Clooney, saxophonist Charlie Barnet and pianist Sergio Mendes. Lately it has been home to trombonist and vocalist Colin Atchison and his China Coast Jazzmen who play many hard ...


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