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Greg Abate, Al Foster and more

Read "Greg Abate, Al Foster and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with the talented LA-based piano and composer Kait Dunton spinning her title track off Planet D'Earth. From there, we get into her influence, Diana Krall, some new Al Foster and a live cut from Greg Abate. We move on focusing on Jaelem Bhate and Georgia Webe. And in between it all, some Wes Montgomery, Gordon Goodwin and Dexter Gordon. In honor of Summer, we take it all out with a jazzy ending from The Sandlot.

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Kait Dunton: TRIOKAIT2

Read "TRIOKAIT2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The form and function of a sequel carries certain opportunities, offering its creator the chance to return to a specific realm, broaden a theme, and further the story set forth in the original. As a result, these types of works are often judged against their launching pad productions and tethered to them by comparison. Call that a setup if you'd like, but it's also a statement of fact. The title of this date from pianist Kait Dunton ...

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Kait Dunton: trioKAIT

Read "trioKAIT" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Kait Dunton's previous album--Mountain Suite (Self Produced, 2012)--was an impressive and nuanced affair that brought drummer Peter Erskine, bassist Darek Oles, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, and trumpeter John Daversa into her orbit. Here, she works with a different set of musicians and focuses largely on different forms of groove-based music: Dunton aligns herself with a pair of her peers--electric bassist Cooper Appelt, who she met during her time at the University of North Texas, and drummer Jake Reed, who she ...

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Kait Dunton: Mountain Suite

Read "Mountain Suite" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The seeds for this project were planted when pianist/composer Kait Dunton jotted down a few measures of music while sojourning in the Canadian Rockies, but this passionate music actually sprung to life inside a recording studio in Pasadena, California. Dunton, a Los Angeles-based artist pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, gathered a USC-associated dream team together to bring this project to fruition, but this is anything but an all-stars-carrying-the-young-kid session; there is no ...


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