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Lauren Lee / Charley Sabatino: Dichotomies

Read "Dichotomies" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Vocalist extraordinaire Lauren Lee and the very active bassist Charley Sabatino, both New York City area residents, have collaborated to create the The Velocity Duo, and Dichotomies is their debut recording. For many readers, listening to music, perhaps especially jazz, is an immersion experience, but this music demands complete attention, and gets it with soft-spoken intensity and unstrained concentration. Completely exposed and alone in what sounds like a large, acoustically alive, but dimly lit space, the ...

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Velocity: Displacement Over Time

Read "Displacement Over Time" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The band Velocity, with its recording, Displacement Over Time, explores the laws of physics with its music. If that sounds off-puttingly cerebral, not to worry. The Tacoma, Washington-based quartet's sounds travels crisp, tightly-woven modern jazz terrain not unlike that of pianist Chick Corea's Elektric Band: groove-centric drums and bass, a hot saxophone not quite out front but incorporated more equally into the ensemble sound, and some fine and fancy electric keyboards giving the music a futuristic feel. The ...


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