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Keith Jarrett: Creation

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It's been four years since pianist Keith Jarrett--an ECM recording artist since the early '70s--last released a solo piano recording, 2011's Rio. While its more consistently buoyant, optimistic nature reflected similar changes in Jarrett's life, it was not a recording that, for example, ranked as highly as Concerts: Bregenz / Munich --issued, in 2013, in its entirety for the first time on CD since its original 1982 vinyl release. While Jarrett's well-documented encounter with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in ...

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Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below

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If this recording can't kindle a love of the low end in your cochlea then nothing can. For The Deep Below, Brian Landrus--perhaps the most significant baritone saxophonist/low reed man to emerge in recent times--put together a trio with bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drumming icon Billy Hart. Together, they explore eleven Landrus originals and three classics, most of which manage to mask weighty sounds with lithe movements and, more importantly, lyrical thoughts. Part of the charm surrounding ...

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Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

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Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell Fulson, Tadd Dameron, Max Roach and many others. Turrentine continues working throughout the 60's with numerous artists including Horace Silver and soul/jazz ...

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Drums and Piano: Denny Zeitlin and Kasper Tom

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The meeting between drums and piano is one of the more rare combinations in jazz, but it is possible to find fine examples of this particular genre. Just think of the encounter between Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and drummer Paul Motian on Flux & Change (Soul Note, 1995) and Australian pianist Mike Nock's collaboration with drummer Laurenz Pike on Kindred (FWM Records, 2012). Pianist Denny Zeitlin and the Danish drummer Kasper Tom have added two more albums ...

Curtis Fuller: The Opener – Blue Note 1567

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From the very first notes, it's obvious that Curtis Fuller's The Opener is something completely different. Yes, it's bop. Yes, it features the usual lineup of two horns, piano, bass and drums. And yes, one of those horns is saxman Hank Mobley, who, by law, was required to appear on every single Blue Note album in the 1950s and '60s. (Or maybe it only seems that way.) But wait--what's going on with those four opening notes? ...

Jimmy Smith: Master of the Hammond B-3

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Jimmy Smith ignited a jazz revolution on an instrument associated at the time with ballparks, despite never playing one until the age of 28. His legendary multi-part technique on the Hammond B-3 organ, playing bass with the foot pedals and Charlie Parker-like single-line passages with his right hand, shook up the traditional trio as co-players could explore new roles. Yet, while the consensus is Smith's playing is a jazz landmark, his recordings fall short of such acclaim.

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Pat Martino Trio at Bucks County Community College

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Pat Martino Trio Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA April 23, 2015 In the 1960s and 70s, spurred on by the support he received from the great Les Paul, a youthful guitarist Pat Martino evolved his unique style of controlled intensity, “fat" sound, and adherence to the blues idiom he acquired from his work with tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson and organists such as Don Patterson, as ...

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Marta Sanchez Quintet: Partenika

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A marriage of moody yet calming piano seesaws, cymbal swells, and arco bass serves as the entry portal into pianist Marta Sanchez's Partenika. The feelings that come over the mind and body while taking in those overlaid ingredients during the opening of “Opening" must be like what Dorothy felt when she awoke in Oz or what Alice must have experienced when she went down the rabbit hole: in other words, it's like waking up to a whole new and wondrous ...



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