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Melvin Jones: Pivot

Read "Pivot" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Melvin Jones offers a variety of musical styles on Pivot, with a selection of modern romp and simmering ballads on this very impressive debut as a leader. For the trumpeter, “pivot" is the defining moment--indeed the turning point--in which different genres come together in one special album. Jones contributes the majority of this thirteen-piece, nearly all original repertoire, borrowing a few charts from Atlanta saxophonist Mace Hibbard and pianist Louis Heriveaux. No novice in the world of jazz, ...

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Albert Rivera: Re-Introduction

Read "Re-Introduction" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Summer jazz camps where senior players influence the up-and-coming generation and pick and choose some to “go on the road" have become a common musical trajectory for some of the finest young jazz musicians. One such training ground is Connecticut's Litchfield Jazz Camp where many of the players on saxophonist Albert Rivera's Re-Introduction met, formed tight musical bonds and now serve as faculty. While Rivera's compositions are diverse, these musicians hit the pocket and sustain a powerful group dynamic.


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