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Daphna Sadeh: Born in Parallel

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Bassist/composer Daphna Sadeh may have left her native Israel over a decade ago but the country's colorful musical potpourri is firmly embedded in her DNA. For Sadeh, the confluence of Arabic, Eastern European and Mediterranean influences that resound throughout Israeli culture have provided the building blocks for her longstanding, UK-based ensemble The Voyagers on albums like Reconciliation (Tzadik, 2009). After a five-year break from the recording studio Sadeh returns with Born in Parallel, her most ambitious compositional work to date. ...

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Sade: Bring Me Home - Live 2011

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SadeBring Me Home: Live 2011Epic2012There is no need for the singer Sade to sucker the fans with this sort of ploy. The Once In A Lifetime tour started in April 2011 and ended nine months later with shows in America, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia--106 shows to 800,000 people grossing over $53 million dollars. The band had not toured in a decade and as devout fan knows it might be ten ...

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Sade: The Ultimate Collection

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Did the world really need a new Sade “best of" album? Possibly, since it has been 17 years two albums of new material since The Best of Sade (Epic,1994). The timing of The Ultimate Collection is in no small part related to the fact Sade is off on her first world tour in a decade; since Soldier of Love (Epic, 2010) is a year old now she needed to put out “new" product to whet the appetite of the fans.

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Sade: Soldier of Love

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The best thing about Sade Adu is also the worst thing about Sade Adu: her near fanatical commitment to consistency. There's no difference between vintage Sade and contemporary Sade. She's the antithesis of the snowfall cliché: with Sade you always know exactly what you're going to get.Soldier of Love is Sade's first album in a decade, and only the sixth by the group in 25 years. Flooding the market with material is not a crime Adu can be ...

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Daphna Sadeh: Through Walls

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It's to her credit that Israeli-born composer and double bassist Daphna Sadeh has embraced the vibrant multi-culturalism of the great melting pot of Israel to be the defining character of her music. Her exile is less political than driven by more basic human needs, and her openness to all cultures and a brighter future shines through the beautiful music she creates with The Voyagers.

Now based in the UK, this most original of bass players has led The ...

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Daphna Sadeh and the Voyagers: Reconciliation

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The ringing endorsement by John Zorn, describing bassist Daphna Sadeh and the Voyager's Reconciliation as 'brilliant and hypnotic... seductive and powerful music" might sound just a tad like self publicity, given that he commissioned the music for his own label, were it not for the fact that it is true. Sadeh has led the Voyagers on a journey of musical discovery since 2003, and this, their third album, is a distillation of the musical veins that run through ancient and ...

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Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers: Reconcilation

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Israeli-born, England-based composer and double-bassist Daphna Sadeh's third release, Reconciliation--the musician's second recording with her band, The Voyagers--is true to its title. Following the group's first album, Walking the Line (33 Records, 2007), Reconciliation reconciles the varied cultural roots of Sadeh--her classical training, jazz education in New York, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish music, and traditional Arabic scales--into an organic and optimistic stew, all cooked through flowing, rhythmic and melodic arrangements. In her elaborate and well-crafted compositions, it is only natural ...

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The Crusaders: Live at Montreux 2003

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The Crusaders Live at Montreux 2003 Eagle Eye Media 2009

The Jazz Crusaders was formed in 1960 from a group that played together in Houston, Texas. Stix Hooper, Joe Sample and Wilton Felder moved out to form the new band and pulled in Wayne Henderson to complete the basic quartet. They got rid of “Jazz" in the group's title in 1971, a reflection of the assimilation of the different streams their music imbibed including ...

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The Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

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If songs like “Scratch" come to mind when you think of the Jazz Crusaders, you are in for a real treat with this six-CD set. Originally including “jazz" in their moniker, Wayne Henderson (trombone), Wilton Felder (tenor), Joe Sample (piano) and Stix Hooper (drums) put together a collection of studio recordings that offers a pleasant surprise for mainstream jazz fans. This rocking set reveals the origins and many directions this multifaceted band took during the musically tumultuous '60s.

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