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Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid: Quintet Session

Read "Quintet Session" reviewed by Chris May

Quintet Session is the second of two albums the trumpeter Chet Baker recorded in Stuttgart, Germany with the vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid in 1979. It was originally released as Chet Baker / Wolfgang Lackerschmid (Sandra Music, 1980). The combination worked well on the first session, which produced the lovely Ballads For Two (Sandra Music, 1979), and almost as well on the second session, nine months later. The fly in the ointment second time out was Baker's German tour ...

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Nicole Zuraitis: All Wandering Hearts

Read "All Wandering Hearts" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Nicole Zuraitis has a heart full of soul and a voice full of sunshine. She's got a mix of things on her mind with her fourth album, everyday themes and weighty matters alike, and yet they ultimately come out sounding exuberant in her hands. The fundamental optimism is one key asset of All Wandering Hearts, even if her variety of jazzy coffee-shop balladry is no less eloquent in the spots when things get more somber. The too-spirited-for-AOR “Make ...

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Uli Beckerhoff: Diversity

Read "Diversity" reviewed by Ian Patterson

German trumpeter/composer Uli Beckerhoff has dedicated half a century to his craft, earning numerous plaudits and awards along the way. His collaborations have been many and varied, as evidenced on the career retrospective 70 (Dot Time Records, 2017), a double CD compilation featuring collaborations with John Abercrombie, Palle Danielsson, Norma Winstone, John Marshall, Arild Andersen and Jasper vant'Hof, amongst others. Here, Beckerhoff fronts his latest group of young, up-and-coming German talent, all three of whom also play in guest guitarist ...

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Ingi Bjarni Trio: Fundur

Read "Fundur" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hailing from Reykjavik, pianist and composer Ingi Bjarni fluidly melds the extreme landscapes of his native Iceland with an innate, resilient melodicism that shifts willfully within the body of his music like a slideshow of the wild Icelandic terrain. Translated roughly as 'finding/discovery' or 'to have found something' Fundur immediately captures the ear with the openly expressive language that Bjarni, double bassist Bárður Reinert Poulsen and drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen bring to the trio format.Telepathic in nature, tenor, ...

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Gene Krupa Quartet: The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!

Read "The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

This was a period, late in Gene Krupa's career, when he really wasn't up to much, or so some critics said. Whether that's fair or not is not for me to say. When Krupa appeared in the summer of 1965 at the Steel Pier in jny: Atlantic City he only rated second billing to The Supremes. He didn't seem to care. The band he had was, with the exception of Eddie Shu, this one. If you were young and impressionable, ...

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Bobby Selvaggio: Quantum Man

Read "Quantum Man" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

For lack of a better description, the latest project by Cleveland-based musician Bobby Selvaggio is a melding of textures between the saxophonist's jazz quartet and a string quintet consisting of two violins, two violas, and cello. It's a heady assignment that many have tried over the years. In fact, there have been more failures in this genre than successes. A highpoint of this type of fusion has always been The October Suite a 1966 Impulse date featuring pianist Steve Kuhn ...

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Shez Raja: Gurutopia

Read "Gurutopia" reviewed by James Nadal

With its aggressive combination of jazz, rock, and funk, fusion has remained a contemporary sound in a state of constant reinvention, introducing a fresh audience into the fold, bringing with them futuristic attitudes and perceptions. This electrified mutation of jazz, has seen its share of imitators, yet, when properly performed, remains vital. Shez Raja has taken his power-bass imbued sound well past established parameters, merging diverse inflections of raga from Indo-jazz, into the funk/groove format with intense consequences. Releasing four ...


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