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Entourage Jazz: Wishes You a Cool Yule

Read "Wishes You a Cool Yule" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the more vexing aspects of many if not most holiday albums is the fact that they are recorded and released during the holiday season. Not only does that make the reviewer's task more troublesome, it can't be good for sales either. Who would want to buy a Christmas-themed album in February or March, let alone June or July? The guess here is, almost no one. On the other hand, there must be some method to the madness, as ...

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Entourage: Things Are Looking Up

Read "Things Are Looking Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even with interest in the genre waning, most decent-sized cities are home to one or more local jazz groups, which vary in size, membership, temperament and ability. Entourage, formed in 2007, is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based quintet led by vocalist Emerson Susan Corley whose core group has been enlarged to as many as fifteen for its third recording, Things Are Looking Up. The album embodies a dozen selections, on nine of which Corley sings; the other three are capably overseen ...


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