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Osmosis: Osmosis

Read "Osmosis" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Here's a band that largely went under the radar after its lone LP release for RCA Records in 1970. Based in Boston, renowned reedman Charlie Mariano looms as the only well-known musician in this septet. But that's not to say the other members lacked any technical acumen and/or a fertile imagination, especially when looking back into the advent of the jazz rock and jazz fusion movements that sprouted during this time. The updated liners by journalist Sid Smith ...

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Quartetto Di Lucca: Quartetto

Read "Quartetto" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


When one thinks of jazz in Italy few names come immediately to mind: Enrico Rava, Stefano Battaglia and maybe even Carlo Actis Dato, but definitely not Quartetto di Lucca, a short lived Modern Jazz Quartet-inspired group from the late 1950s. In 2006, RCA Europe's The Vibe subdivision released the group's only album, originally released in 1962, augmented by three bonus tracks.

Quartetto was founded by double-bassist Giovanni Tommaso, together with a group of like-minded musicians, and was named after their ...

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Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined

Read "Remixed & Reimagined" reviewed by Jim Santella


Mixing any recording can be an adventure. Most popular dance club music varies greatly from what the individual artist laid down. With nearly all recorded music, however, the featured artist has an opportunity to listen to and approve the final mix. The objective is to make the artist sound his or her very best. Through a lot of hard work, this usually works out fine.

This Legacy release of Nina Simone's work keeps her voice and her music ...

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Eliane Elias: Around the City

Read "Around the City" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine


Eliane Elias is comfortable in her own skin. The pianist/composer learned to play piano in her native Sao Paulo at the age of seven and began transcribing jazz recordings by the age of twelve. For years she worked to introduce herself through her music, relying on her natural proclivity for infusing the music she loves with her cultural self.

Elias has maintained an unyielding commitment as a pianist/composer who just so happens to be a Brazilian female, in an industry ...

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Nina Simone: Silk and Soul

Read "Silk and Soul" reviewed by Jim Santella


Originally released in 1967 as an LP, Silk and Soul followed Nina Simone's blues album by combining pop songs with soulful musical statements that included strong threads from gospel and blues. Two bonus tracks are included, both originally released as singles in '69.

Pianist Billy Taylor wrote one of the keystone selections for this album, “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free. It's a spiritual piece that opens the door for Simone's crusade against ...

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Nina Simone: Forever Young, Gifted and Black: Songs of Freedom & Spirit

Read "Forever Young, Gifted and Black: Songs of Freedom & Spirit" reviewed by Jim Santella


While this compilation combines Nina Simone's mastery of the blues and soul singing, its emphasis remains on what she said. As an active participant in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, she wrote songs and interpreted those of others--songs that helped to raise an awareness of our social ills. We need her music as much today as we did then. Several previously unreleased versions of her classic songs appear on Forever Young, Gifted and Black.

The thirteen-minute ...

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Nina Simone: Nina Simone Sings the Blues

Read "Nina Simone Sings the Blues" reviewed by Jim Santella


She was known as the High Priestess of Soul for good reason. Nina Simone knew how to move you. Every time she sang the blues, you could feel it in your bones.

Recorded in 1966, this album consists of a reissued LP with two bonus tracks. There's an alternate take from the same session, and then there's “What Ever I Am (You Made Me), which was originally issued as a single in 1969. That one was done with ...


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