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Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 2

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Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Some cling to the belief that jazz is in crisis or worse, dead. Our impression is quite the opposite, and to prove our point, we've compiled a mixtape featuring some of the best jazz released in 2017. Also, check out our staff's BEST OF 2017 lists and view our 2017 recommendations. Happy Listening! Playlist Alicia Hall Moran, “Two Wings" from Here Today (Self-produced) ...


Alicia Hall Moran: Here Today

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To sing wasn't why we were there... What it was was names tore loose, took wing, what World had been ours theirs now, sound itself... --Nathaniel Mackey, “Song of the Andoumboulou: 138" I may not know from which depth of her soul Alicia Hall Moran summoned Here Today, but I do know that it will negate any and every imposter who tries to take its place. This follow-up to 2015's Heavy Blue (see review for ...


Alicia Hall Moran: Feeling Blue

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Alicia Hall Moran has been stealing--if not steeling--hearts and minds since she first opened her mouth to sing. Over a career spanning as many years as genres, Alicia has plugged her vocal cords into an ever-expanding circuitry of creative electricity. Whether in solo recital at the MoMA, reinventing Motown classics with guitarist Thomas Flippin, or nationally touring on stage as Gershwin's Bess, she brings her apparent all to any given project so that she might become aware of what's left ...


Alicia Hall Moran: Heavy Blue

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After years of orbiting, with projects ranging from a celebrated turn as Porgy's Bess on Broadway to her own Motown revue, Alicia Hall Moran has at last landed on Earth long enough to burrow nearly to its core in search of vocal identity on the debut recording, Heavy Blue. Here is a portrait not only of a singer, but also of one who sings, the difference being that the former adapts--mind, body, and soul--to the rhythms of an unstable world ...