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Dimitar Karamfilov: Ecology

Read "Ecology" reviewed by Toj Samaz

Dimitar Karamfilov is a sought after Bulgarian double bassist. Ecology is his debut as a leader. The album addresses one of the common issues of the 21st century--pollution and human irresponsibility. It features some of the well known Bulgarian musicians like drummer Hristo Yotsov, saxophonist Vladimir Karparov (playing soprano), pianist Konstantin Kostov and trumpeter Mihail Yosifov. Тhe album tops out at 71 minutes. It feels long, it might as well be two separate albums. The opening track hints ...

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Anthony Jefferson: All I Am

Read "All I Am" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Male vocal artists such as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls, Brook Benton, et al maintained the vibrancy of the classic crooners of the Golden Age—Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, et al. With All I Am Anthony Jefferson does a superb job of artistically paying tribute to many of these iconic names—and to other more contemporary male singers. Jefferson and his team deliver eleven exceptionally well-performed selections—most of which are GAS workhorses or ...

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Sebastian Bailey: Ensemble de Magnac

Read "Ensemble de Magnac" reviewed by Jim Olin

Quebec-based composer-saxophonist Sebastian Bailey is primarily focused on chamber jazz on his latest EP, and his innovative ear guides each track. Ensemble de Magnac summarizes Bailey's creative vision quite well, especially his ability to create a diverse and engaging soundscape. The music on this release has a classic sound and the production aesthetics are solid, highlighting the natural chemistry between these talented musicians. The record's spotlight on chamber jazz allows the line-up to create a thick sonic fabric ...

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Raphael Fusco: Remixed

Read "Remixed" reviewed by Jim Olin

Raphael Fusco is a talented pianist and composer who defies stylistic boundaries, blessed with the ability to bridge the diverse worlds of contemporary classical and jazz. When most people hear of remixes, they often think of electronic musicians going for a different, super high-energy spin on some pop tracks. However, this project is quite different. Fusco managed to set the bar higher and redefine the concept of a remix by adapting classical compositions by some of the most celebrated composers ...

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Thana Alexa: ONA

Read "ONA" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Thana Alexa's voice contains a world of sound, and that is without even mentioning the globe-spanning musical trappings which surround it. Hearing her is like watching a thunderstorm or maybe a wild hawk in flight. She doesn't just sing but uses her voice as an expressive precision instrument, in much the same way all the tones and electronics here are sculpted into an unclassifiably genre-defying whole. Her rich contralto can also be honey-smooth and soothing in the (relatively) rare calm ...

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Tom Kennedy: Stories

Read "Stories" reviewed by Jim Worsley

It's commonplace that an artist will have a concept or theme in mind when starting a record project. To build from the ground up without any preconceptions could be a recipe for a disaster. However, if it didn't crash and burn and, in fact, went the other direction, the possibilities then become infinite. With no boundaries and nothing to be tethered to, the sky's the limit. Tom Kennedy boldly took that approach to his new record. He took flight with ...

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Jordan Ponzi: The First Journey

Read "The First Journey" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The First Journey from bassist, educator Jordan Ponzi is a classic trio side which delivers a kaleidoscope of textures, tempos, and superb playing. The 7-track recording packs plenty of punch and variety within—and it's a winner. Jordan Ponzi's eclectic compositions offer fine launch pads for superior improv and great ensemble interaction. “Sign Unseen" is a terrific opening cut that has McNeill's keys calling out over Ponzi's arco bass and ultimately takes off at white-hot speed. “Odd Shuffle" is ...


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