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by Mark Sabbatini
Mo' City Jungle is a bit like a mediocre blind date where the person in question makes a nice first impression but reveals an unpleasant identity crisis as the evening progresses.
Pianist Keith Javors' third album is a bit frustrating because his septet of players indicate early what they're capable of, but seldom live up to that potential. The result is an uneven album that can't decide if it wants to be modern or fusion-influenced jazz. Also, someone ...read more
by John Kelman
With a style that is reverential yet modern, Keith Javors’ Mo’ City Jungle pays tribute to the Detroit jazz scene with a programme of nine originals that bristle with energy, group interplay and soloing of the highest order.
Javors is a thirty-something pianist who is also an educator at the University of North Florida; but refuting the adage that “those who can’t do, teach,” Javors’ writing and playing could only come from someone who has done plenty. With a style ...read more
by Jack Bowers
Pianist Keith Javors, who is now an assistant professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, recorded this set of his original compositions more than three years ago in Marquette, Michigan, with “deep gratitude and respect to [his] musical heroes: Benny Green, Mulgrew Miller, Herbie Hancock and the late Kenny Kirkland.” Javors, who is clearly a talented musician, has absorbed many of their more adaptable notions and added a few wrinkles of his own to produce ...read more