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CD/LP/Track Review

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richard Sears: Altadena

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It is inspiration which fuels Brooklyn-based pianist Richard Sears's Altadena, a five part suite commissioned in 2013 by the Los Angeles Jazz Society featuring the legendary drummer Albert “Tootie" Heath. The professional linking between Heath, who first recorded with John Coltrane in 1957 and Sears, a rising young talent, began after the two met and exchanged ideas in 2012. Like many collaborations in jazz between younger and older artists, this connection is one of mutual respect and admiration.

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence

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Whether through economic necessity or artistic preference cornetist Kirk Knuffke's discography suggests a penchant for duets. Recent entries include Row For William O (Relative Pitch, 2016) with bassist Michael Bisio and Moon with pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger (NoBusiness, 2015). Fierce Silence with David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp alumnus Whit Dickey isn't even his first hook up with a drummer: that was The Exterminating Angel (NotTwo Records) with Mike Pride back in 2010. Certainly the cornetist thrives in such open situations, ...

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Morten Schantz: Godspeed

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Old friendships are never forgotten, and sometimes they grow stronger as time goes by. This is also the case with musical friendships. Back in the days, in 2005 exactly, pianist and composer Morten Schantz played with saxophonist Marius Neset and drummer Anton Eger in the acclaimed group JazzKamikaze. They were full of youthful energy and to this day, the group has not officially disbanded. The members have also moved on to other projects. Both Neset and Eger ...

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The Rolling Stones: Blue And Lonesome

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Among those jazz fans who take a nip of rock & roll from time to time, there may be a secret wish that groups like The Rolling Stones would head for their overdue retirement. That the seventy-three year old Sir Michael Philip “Mick" Jagger and his septuagenarian bandmates have nothing left to prove, is long established. That they become a parody of themselves with nothing left to say is the cringing fear. Defying the odds, the Stones issue what may ...

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Scott Morgan: Songs Of Life

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There's no greater teacher than life. Its bounties and tragedies, triumphs and defeats, and strange flirtations with absurdist theater and dead on truth have a way of enriching perspective and giving us the tools to communicate at a much deeper level. Few embody that fact better than vocalist Scott Morgan, who, after studying music in college in the '80s, taking a protracted time away from the art form, and reengaging with the craft at the dawn of the new millennium, ...

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Ray Charles Orchestra: Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 41

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1961 was a classic jazz vintage for Ray Charles. That was the year he delivered unto us Genius + Soul = Jazz (Impulse!, 1961), and the year he took Europe by storm with a big band in tow. He was in good voice and spirits, he had top quality charts in his book--a good number from the pen of Quincy Jones--and he had a talent-filled band that included trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, trombonist Dicky Wells, alto saxophonist Hank Crawford, and tenor ...

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Teresa Salgueiro: O Horizonte

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There have long been two sides to singer Teresa Salgueiro's musicality: the first as a master interpreter of a song and the second a gifted songwriter. Ever since Salgueiro left the band Madredeus after 20 years of recording and touring she began a career where she first gave emphasis on covers and guest appearances but soon she blossomed into a serious and distinct songwriter. After three decades as one of the most distinct world chanteuses, what's most heartening is that ...

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Danish Radio Big Band: Jazzin' Around Christmas

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Despite the fact that Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dave Brubeck all successfully recorded Yuletide songs, jazz still enjoys a problematic relationship with the so-called festive season. The trouble no doubt is that Christmas is so quintessentially square or unhip. What self-respecting hipster would dream of walking in a winter wonderland or taking a ride on a sleigh drawn by Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Nonetheless, the Danish Radio Big Band have fearlessly come up ...


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