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Igor Willcox Quartet: Live at The Jazz Room (Canada)

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With his second live release in as many years, Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox continues to display--with equal parts potent suppleness and sheer fusion momentum--the high energy level at the core of his game. Add to that Newton's Third Law--that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction--and you've got a really clear read on what Live at the Jazz Room (Canada) is all about. The quartet—saxophonist Wagner Barbosa, keyboardist/pianist Vini Morales and bassist Glecio Nascimento—ignite the ...

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Emmet Cohen: Master Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert "Tootie" Heath

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Set aside for the moment that the combined age of the elders here is 174 years. Emmet Cohen's Masters Legacy Series Volume 3 Featuring Benny Golson & Albert “Tootie" Heath is not only a mouthful of a title, but also irascibly and irrepressibly old school. It's as if Cohen, in his youthful (29) zeal and zest to translate what the masters can still impart, not only wanted to capture a generational performance but the very air these two statesmen inhabit. ...

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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

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Perhaps you glance quickly at the song titles on the back cover and haphazardly say to yourself or your phone or your new imaginary friend “What?!"Afro-Blue" again?" and just as haphazardly put the disc down and move on to Billie Eilish. But, if you take a moment-you'll-never-get-back to pause and listen, you'll hear drummer Joey Baron and bassist Drew Gress parachute from the upper ether, already in mid-conversation, laying out a vapor trail framework for Marc Copland's piano to voice ...

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Lisa Hoppe's Third Reality: The Mighty Unlikely

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Without giving away any professional secrets, it is quite often that any beat-pounding pundit or wily curmudgeon--pick several thousand if you like, there's billions out there--will come at an artist with certain prejudices and expectations. And so it is with German bassist Lisa Hoppe. Having heard her unusual yet oddly soothing explorations on such discs as Esche's Der Dichter Spricht (QFTF, 2018), the Marc Jufer Trio Trio's Trip To The Center (QFTF, 2018), saxophonist Niculin Janett's Complexes (QFTF, 2017) and ...

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Marco Sanguinetti: Inmoral

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Born, raised and still residing in Argentina, pianist-composer Marco Sanguinetti writes jewel-fine, poetic miniatures which bring back a time and place when individual voices of all talents were the wealth and treasure of any civilized society. Quite unlike, without getting too far afield, the mob-speak we're choked with today. The dozen tracks that tell the story of Inmoral, Sanguinetti's seventh, is a mother lode of these shining miniatures. Like haiku, they last. And, as with haiku throughout the ...

YEAR IN REVIEW

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019

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It was this dozen plus of recordings, among many that deserve mention, that gratefully, again and again and again, pulled my attention away from binge watching the destruction of our cherished, yet all too vulnerable democracy. These are the recordings of 2019 that made it evident that we all need to remain vigilant and engaged, or else great art is one of the first things to fall. And once that falls, all the rest follows. Chick Corea ...

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

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Coming on the heels of 2019's outstanding trio outing Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) with violinist Zach Brock and drummer John Deitemyer, Delicate Charms is a four and a half star recording if ever one was. And it begins with a classical air, an almost chambered hush into which rush those last minute arrivals, each their own player in the “Coping" suite that emblematically ushers in bassist Matt Ulery's particularly distinctive work. Equal parts Charles Mingus ("Taciturn"), Paul Chambers, (his sense of ...


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