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Album Review

Melbreeze: I Love Paris

Read "I Love Paris" reviewed by Jim Worsley


"I Love Paris" declares Melbreeze in song. It “fucking sizzles" she exclaims, adding just a tad of creative expression to the lyrics of Cole Porter. The delightful ambiance of France was the perfect vacation spot (if only in one's mind) to celebrate the unveiling of her tenth—yes, its been that many-- record. Melbreeze has long put the instrumental aspect upfront or on top. Her voice is often heard as another cog in her crafty musical structure. Ah, ...

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Album Review

Lyle Workman: Uncommon Measures

Read "Uncommon Measures" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


If there's a major takeaway to be had from listening to guitarist Lyle Workman's Uncommon Measures, it's the palpable sense that all of his impressive musical experience has been poured into it. And to that end, Workman certainly doesn't bury the lead. The epic opening track “North Star" can single-handedly make sense of Workman's entire decades-long resume. It's a CV that includes working in and with bands (Bourgeois Tagg, Jellyfish, Frank Black), being a “hired gun" guitarist (with such icons ...

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Album Review

Nicolas Meier/ Dewa Budjana Group: Flying Spirits

Read "Flying Spirits" reviewed by Jim Worsley


As much as 2020 was a lemon, it was quite the fruitful year for jazz and fusion records. The vault had been closed, sealed, and bolted shut for the year, until a spirit swept the room. Under the heading of 'saving the best for last' or a 'hail Mary,' the magical journey of Flying Spirits (Blue Canoe, 2020) was in the air, in the ear, and enriching the mind. The record brought together virtuoso level guitarists, Nicolas Meier and Dewa ...

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Album Review

Russell Ferrante Trio: Inflexion

Read "Inflexion" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Pianist, composer and arranger Russell Ferrante has been on the jazz scene for decades. He has worked with everyone from Lee Ritenour to Joni Mitchell to Al Jarreau to Bobby McFerrin to Eric Marienthal and many more. However, he is best known as a founding member of The Yellowjackets back in 1977, along with Robben Ford and Jimmy Haslip. In 2020, at age sixty-eight, Ferrante is the only original member still with the band, and recorded his debut album as ...

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Album Review

Jimmy Haslip: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Jim Worsley


A previous Jimmy Haslip and Joe Vannelli record entitled Red Heat (Blue Canoe, 2020) was a sizzling and heartfelt creation born out of Haslip's profound love and admiration for his father. He would have shouted that from a mountain top (perhaps he did). Red Heat was a double-edged sword of pride and accomplishment. The strength and inspiration for Nightfall was never blasted off a rooftop. Haslip's young daughter had a life-threatening medical problem that, understandably, was kept close ...

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Jimmy Haslip: Red Heat

Read "Red Heat" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Music is our universal language. A message can be conveyed spiritually to a multitude of cultures and processed at innumerable human levels. Red Heat (originally released in 2000) is a rare and priceless gem that engages the masses with purely relatable emotions and feelings. It targets and strikes your core with purposeful marksmanship. This moving tribute to James Haslip (Jimmy Haslip's father) begins with the high-octane blast of “Los Feliz." The powerful undertow of the Caribbean flows through ...

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Album Review

Gergo Borlai: The Missing Song

Read "The Missing Song" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The Missing Song has been heralded as a tribute to Gergo Borlai's nine most influential drummers still alive and performing today. This is much more than just listing them and perhaps covering one of their songs. Borlai composed eight of the nine new songs on this album. He plays them all in the manner, or mindset, of each drummer. The thought process, and level of preparation was meticulous for every drummer and every song. The drum kit, cymbals, sticks, pedals, ...


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