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by Jerome Wilson
A concept CD that looks at the plight of women throughout history is timely these days but not unusual. This disc by the duo Madeleine & Salomon, however, stands out by drawing from a broader swath of musical sources than you might hear in most similar projects. They touch on familiar songs like Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit" and Nina Simone's Four Women" but they also go farther afield to do tunes originally performed or written by Janis Ian, Marvin Gaye, ...read more
by Ian Patterson
For his seventh album as leader, Paris-based bassist Chris Jennings allies himself with like-minded adventurers in koto player Mieko Miyazaki and drummer Patrick Goraguer. The common denominator between the musicians is openness to music that transcends borders and labels. Miyazaki plays in guitarist Nguyen Le's Saiyaki along with tabla player Prabhu Edouard; Goraguer--a regular in Jennings quartet--has played with bassist Richard Bona and singer Fema Kuti, while Jennings's collaborations include oud player Dhafer Yousef and saxophonist Lee Konitz. The idiom ...read more