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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: D'Vonne Lewis

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: D'Vonne Lewis" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary repose ...

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Steve Cardenas: Blue Has A Range

Read "Blue Has A Range" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Connections abound across the personnel list on this quartet date. Guitarist Steve Cardenas has been part of pianist Jon Cowherd's Mercy Project for the better part of a decade. There, and in bassist John Patitucci's Electric Guitar Quartet, he's logged some musical miles with drummer Brian Blade, who steadily employs Cowherd in his Fellowship band. And then there's bassist Ben Allison--the fourth part of the equation and the album's producer. He's a longtime Cardenas colleague--both men have played frequently enough ...

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Radio Bévort: BLIK

Read "BLIK" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There was a time, back in the '50s and '60s, when jazz musicians would regularly knock out half a dozen albums a year. That was when standards were all the rage and jazz was still largely codified. Today, such prolific production is reserved mostly for improvising musicians. Radio Bévort moves at a more leisurely pace, with BLIK just its fifth release since 2003, when award-winning saxophonist/composer Pernille Bévort birthed her ensemble. Quality, not quantity, appears to be Bévort's mantra. Here, ...

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Jack Hues and His Muse: The First Thing I Need is Music

Read "Jack Hues and His Muse: The First Thing I Need is Music" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger

In the world of rock and pop music, the most successful musicians and groups tend to emerge in their early 20s with a burst of creativity that few can sustain past a handful of recordings. Unlike in classical music and jazz, where musicians and composers continually develop and evolve well into old age, rock musicians generally do not. But there are some who do, and Jack Hues, the lead singer and guitarist from Wang Chung, one of the most successful ...

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When Rivers Meet

Read "When Rivers Meet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The British blues and rock duo, When Rivers Meet, is made up of wife and husband Grace and Aaron Bond. The pair are trying to gain traction with the release of two extended-play recordings showing off their considerable musical wares. Similar in temperament to the Lovell sisters, Rebecca and Megan AKA Larkin Poe, When Rivers Meet looks to address the same audience with their brand of American Roots Music, rendered British style. When Rivers Meet The ...

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Meerkat Parade: Disturbed Nature

Read "Disturbed Nature" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If Disturbed Nature's nature isn't quite as disturbed as advertised, it's still a bit unsettled much of the time on Meerkat Parade's second recording, and always in interesting ways. Guitarist David Series has a knack for spinning pieces just a little off-kilter, as is evident from the outset. “Nostalgia" coasts on a slinky zoot-suit-noir groove that would almost be catchy if it wasn't served up with some perversely odd-timed rhythm-skipping. It's in this manner that the offbeat quartet makes everything ...

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Julius Windisch Quartet: Chaos

Read "Chaos" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

Berlin-based pianist and composer Julius Windisch may not be a household name but he is not a newcomer either. He is a member of the psychedelic electro / jazz / improvisational duo Caesarean Moons, and in 2017 released his debut album, Drama (QFTF), recorded with his quintet. He has also been playing with other musicians on various projects, which often cross jazz boundaries. Windisch's quartet retains no members from the 2017 quintet. Moreover, tenor sax has been ...


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