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Various: Latin Party

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The appeal of Latin music can be witnessed in the inroads it has made, not only into other genres, but also into different cultures. Testimony comes on this recording. Besides South American countries like Colombia, Cuba and Mexico, the performers are drawn from the UK, France and the USA who assimilate the rhythms and come up with several interesting idioms.The music certainly has a party atmosphere and it gets right off the bat with “Big Apple Boogaloo." The ...

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Various: Magic Moments 4: Jazz Is Cool

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Germany's ACT Music is an innovative and adventurous label with an international roster that includes some genuinely cutting-edge musicians including Vijay Iyer and Dan Berglund's Tonbruket. Magic Moments 4: Jazz Is Cool is the fourth in ACT's sampler series and a great place to begin exploring the music it has to offer. The majority of the tracks here come from Northern European artists and demonstrate the range of talent that is emanating from that relatively small part ...

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Various: Rhythm & Blues

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Putumayo World Music has gone across a wide spectrum in picking songs for its look at Rhythm & Blues. The American presence is strongly manifested, but artists from England, including a band that has a singer from Panama, show the wide influence of the music. Vintage singers strut their stuff and new acolytes blend styles while the impact of R&B is undeniable. Fame may have eluded some and others flitter on the fringes of history, nevertheless they all poured their ...

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Brubeck / Mingus / Davis: Columbia 50th Anniversary Releases

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These three CDs are flagship releases from the Columbia catalog (remember those old blue Columbia Jazz Masterpieces editions?) and it's worth contemplating how fertile and varied a jazz scene existed in the late 1950s when you look as these albums as a trio, and perhaps throw in trumpeter Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959) as well. Each is among the best known recordings of the respective artist's career, and essential library items for the burgeoning jazz fan. It's always ...

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Instant Karma: Amnesty International's Campaign To Save Darfur

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Various Artists Instant Karma: Amnesty International's Campaign To Save Darfur Warner Bros. 2007

Humanitarian efforts have long been an element of popular music. Band Aid, Farm Aid and a plethora of relief concerts have shown the compassionate side of artists. Now, a host of performers have come together to raise money to benefit the people of Darfur. Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur is a two-disc set featuring the music of ...

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Various: New Orleans Brass

Read "New Orleans Brass" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Marching bands are an integral part of New Orleans. Where would a parade be without one, or for that matter a funeral? No matter what the role is, they bring in a special magic and joy.

Music evolves as it imbibes and imbues other genres. Marching bands were no exception, as they pulled in different sounds including rhythm and blues and funk as well as gospel, which served them well. This sampler dovetails on the heritage and the ...

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Various: Live - Jazz Legends

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Despite the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's conservative jazz radio programming, one would be hard-pressed to extirpate negative comments from musicians about the behemoth, as all have come to respect its continued presence and assistance maintaining an appreciative national audience. Indeed, true to its mission statement, the multi-platform state-owned network has always proactively fostered domestic talent, providing artists much-needed exposure in addition to availing them of its state-of-the-art infrastructures. Moreover, one could try and argue these premises, inhabited by the spirits of ...

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Various: The Rough Guide to Salsa Dura NYC

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The Latin melting pot that was New York in the 1960s and 1970s gave rise to salsa dura, or hard salsa. The neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens and the South Bronx were teeming with immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rico and South America, who brought together their instruments, fused their rhythms and voiced their social concerns in a hard-driving dance music which would soon come to sweep the world.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a decline in the popularity of ...

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Various: Jazz in the Charts 1/100: 1917-1921

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The folks at Germany's Membran have completed a fascinating take on the history of jazz aptly named Jazz in the Charts. In the process, they have developed a one-of-a-kind compilation of every jazz recording to reach the Billboard charts between the years 1917 and 1954, years when jazz was truly America's popular music.

A massive one hundred-CD collection, it includes 2,211 recordings with each CD devoted to multiple years or, at the height of jazz's popularity, multiple CDs devoted to ...

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Various: Jazz Piano at UArts

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On the whole, Jazz Piano at UArts convinced me that, even during a time when the limelight is reserved for a precious few, there is still a helluva lot of great young jazz talent out there, and I can only wish them well in their budding careers. It's great that a school of jazz would produce a CD featuring its students. Thanks go to pianist Don Glanden, who is Division Head of Jazz Studies at the University of the Arts ...

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Jazz On The Town

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The Philly Jazz scene this past week exploded with great sounds of diverse groups, most notably with the following: Zanzibar Blue had Steve Smith considered by many to be the world's greatest drummer. His work at the Zanzibar Sunday session was phenomenal and the group with him, particularly his guitarist, were all first class.

Chris' Jazz Cafe had a session Saturday that brought back the joyous jazz sounds that used to permeate New York's famed 52nd Street. Larry McKenna, tenor ...

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Singers and Swingers 2006

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The jazz scene is rich with singers and swingers in the next few weeks and goes from the famed to the obscure in clubs and concert halls.LA ROSE JAZZ SUPPER CLUB, 5531 Germantown Ave. (215-248-1415) continues it joyous jazz with the marvelous Tony Williams Quartet every weekend and assorted guest stars sitting in. A recent session had Barbara Montgomery, that breathlessly attractive, singer getting the crowd going with everything from such standards as “I Fall In Love To ...