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Michika Fukumori: Piano Images

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Japanese-born, New York-based pianist Michika Fukumori's first two albums--Infinite Thoughts (Key Click Records, 2004) and Quality Time (Summit Records, 2016)--found her comfortably ensconced in piano trio settings. That most time-honored of formats served her well on both, introducing and showcasing a player with a precision touch, sure sense of swing, and imaginative leanings. For this third date, Fukumori goes it alone. She explores the art of solo piano, using her own original music and classics from the likes of Antonio ...

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Roger Kellaway Trio: New Standards Vol. 3

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Trumpeter Carl Saunders is best known for his contributions to jazz orchestras, having put his mighty horn to good use for Stan Kenton, Bill Holman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Gerald Wilson, and numerous other big band leaders of note over the past half-century. Yet his work as a composer may end up being his lasting legacy. Saunders has amassed a considerable body of work--more than three hundred of his tunes appear in a Real Book-style collection titled New Jazz Standards--and ...

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Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook

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The Pop Art and 60s-ish graphics cover of this fun CD might give one an impression that Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book is a party record or perhaps one mis-shelved from the Oldies Bin at now-defunct Tower Records. Sorry. Framed here by a group of New York Studio A-Listers and via highly-creative arrangements from Tim Ouimette, trumpet artist Louise Baranger re-invigorates a dozen “Pop Tops" and gives each a savvy shine-up. That mix yields ...

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Dave Potter: You Already Know

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You might not know who drummer Dave Potter is, but you should. Whether stoking the flames in Jason Marsalis' Vibes Quartet, adding rhythmic flair to the recordings of bassist Will Goble, or leading the charge on his own, Potter has something incredibly positive to say. With You Already Know, Potter shrewdly mixes it up, both in terms of line-ups and direction. He simultaneously places himself at the front and back of various trio, quartet, and quintet configurations ...

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Craig Fraedrich with Trilogy and Friends: All Through the Night

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It's no secret among professional musicians that the elite military jazz ensembles such as the “U.S. Army Blues," the Air Force's “Airmen of Note," and the Navy's “Commodores" consist of some of the finest musicians on the planet. Trumpeter Craig Fraedrich, recently-retired 30-year Army Bandsman, his Trilogy crew, and vocalist Christal Rheams are spit-shining examples. And, All Through the Night which features Fraedrich and his former military colleagues in this civilian recording session certainly confirms that. Fraedrich ...

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Joe Bourne: Upbeat And Sweet

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"Upbeat And Sweet" is a pretty good summary of the feel of this collection of songs from mellow jazz vocalist Joe Bourne. But the subtitle is even more telling: “Jazz-infused classic rock & pop songs." None of these songs come from the canon of the Great American Songbook, and many of them seem downright unlikely choices for jazz treatment at first glance. Just to prove that point, the program begins with Steppenwolf's “Magic Carpet Ride." Within a few ...

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Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards, Volume 2

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On New Jazz Standards, Volume 2 (yes, the title may seem a tad optimistic at first glance; more about that later), trombonist Scott Whitfield leads a well-honed quartet playing the music of Carl Saunders. If the name Carl Saunders is new to you, he is quite simply one of the finest jazz trumpeters you've never heard--and he may well be one of the best composers too. As for Whitfield, Saunders' personal choice to preside over this album, he is one ...

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Rebecca DuMaine: Happy Madness

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There's a natural appeal in Rebecca DuMaine's vocal work. Perhaps it's due to her straightforward approach, reflective of a theater background yet undeniably tethered to pure jazz. She puts a song across with a smile, capitalizing on her innate ebullience, and she gives the impression that she knows of what she sings. On this, DuMaine's fourth album on the Summit imprint, she continues her work with the Dave Miller Trio. She has a longstanding connection to this ...

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Ron Carter Quartet & Vitoria Maldonado: Brasil L.I.K.E

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The road that connects Brazilian music and jazz--the essential thematic nexus on this collaborative venture that brings bassist Ron Carter (and his quartet), vocalist Vitoria Maldonado, Ruria Duprat's Brasilian Orchestra, and a handful of guest soloists into the same line of thinking--has always been a two way street, as both forms benefit and borrow from one another. Those on the jazz side have often found new harmonic angles to explore, gently undulating rhythms to coast upon, and beautiful songs built ...

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The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Storming Through the South

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First, three hearty cheers and a laurel wreath for trumpeter Mike Vax who has kept the splendid Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra together (with some inescapable changes in personnel, not to mention name) for twenty-five years, supervised no less than eighteen annual road tours and produced half a dozen in-concert albums, the most recent of which, Storming Through the South, was recorded during the orchestra's spring excursion in 2015 --sixteen cities in seventeen days covering Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. ...