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Lori Bell: Brooklyn Dreaming

Read "Brooklyn Dreaming" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

No matter where we go, our formative experiences travel with us. That's what Lori Bell appears to say with Brooklyn Dreaming. For her ninth album, this California-based flutist decided to glance eastward, recalling time spent soaking in the sounds of New York City with her musical family in her youth. The result? A love letter that proves that Bell has bi-coastal jazz citizenship, having been baptized in Brooklyn's swing and sizzle while currently belonging to the hot Golden State scene. ...

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Lori Bell: The Music of Djavan

Read "The Music of Djavan" reviewed by Brian Gall

A tribute record can be an interesting way to discover an artist--especially one with such a lengthy career, gone previously unnoticed.

Most of the material by phenomenal flautist Lori Bell on The Music of Djavan is originally from the 70s, and here she takes a look at the Brazilian singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Al Jarreau and Carmen McRae. In 2000, Djavan won a Grammy for Best Brazilian Song at the first Latin Grammy Awards.

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