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SJZ Collective: SJZ Collective Reimagines Monk

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Until a saucy swagger kicks in on the fourth and final track, “Blue Monk," it's difficult if not impossible to recognize this music as a tribute to the late Thelonious Monk And that's perfectly appropriate--no similarly-conceived homage should be overly familiar. But it is also a tribute to the ingenuity of the SJZ Collective, and the ...

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Huntertones: Passport

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Huntertones' Passport is an absolutely seamless piece of work. The integration of the material with the playing and, by extension, the arranging and recording, becomes evident in the first minutes of “Clutch" and remains pervasive for the duration of this, the group's third album.

Even so, there are readily-discernible dynamics at work here. The ...

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Particle: Accelerator

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Contrary to prevailing popular opinion, electr(on)ic keyboards are not just for noodling in ever-so-cheesy, toy-like tones. In the hands of the titular leader of Particle, keyboardist/vocalist Steve Molitz, for instance, those instruments are lethal weapons with which, on the group's first album in fourteen years, he sets out to destroy preconceptions about what righteous creations can ...