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Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been five years since the release of pianist Isamu McGregor's debut Live at the Baked Potato! (Amorphous Paraphernalia Records, 2012) and his Resonance turns out to be well worth the wait. While the first album was solidly entrenched in the fusion arena, the current outing is a genre defying and eclectic collection with an emphasis on acoustics. McGregor, still in his twenties, has worked with some top talent including Chris Potter, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and Stefon Harris. The ...

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Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On this album, his second as a leader since 2012's Live at the Baked Potato, pianist/keyboardist Isamu McGregor continues to hone his approach to crafting intelligent, challenging jazz fusion. With bassist Evan Marien and drummer Gene Coye once again at his side, he's got the right partners for navigating his maze-like compositions, and guest spots by tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin and guitarist Deen Anbar also enhance the scope and stylistic diversity of the record.

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Swingtips: The Swingtips...in Roswell

Read "The Swingtips...in Roswell" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Spoofing UFO Capitol Roswell, NM, with cover and liner notes looking like they belong in a 1940‘s pulp fiction magazine, The Swingtips run the swing table from “Sam the Clam", an amusing take off on Dr. Seuss's Sam I Am, to a comparatively big production number like the “James Bond Theme". One of the earlier riders of the swing band revival wagon, this group was organized in 1994 by Kregg Barentine, after his two year stint with the Glenn Miller ...