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A World of Piano Trios

Read "A World of Piano Trios" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The piano trio format is alive and well, judging by this disparate collection of piano trio albums (mostly: a couple of them feature a guest vocalist on a track or two). They come from Israel (recorded in Berlin), Slovenia (recorded in New York City), Greece (recorded in Hungary), Boston, and Asheville, North Carolina. Traditionally the pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Macuco Quintet: Friendly Signs

Read "Friendly Signs" reviewed by Don Phipps

The Macuco Quartet's joyful and exuberant Friendly Signs suggests a Brazilian seaside or urban landscape where daylight tropical breezes and palm trees sway over a harbor and waves lap gently along a shore lively with music and dancing.

Joel Springer, the composer of all but one of the album's 11 tunes, keeps things on ...

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Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad

Read "Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad" reviewed by Doug Hall

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
The Lilypad
Cambridge, MA
November 12, 2018

As a protégé of legendary trombonist/arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory in Boston, Ayn Inserto was part of a very special tribute last March when she treated the audience to a pre-release performance of the title composition from her ...

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Sara Bielanski: From the Heart

Read "From the Heart" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This is vocalist Sara Bielanski's debut album, and for it she brought together a group of fine musicians with connections to the Berklee School of Music and The New England Conservatory, institutions where for well over more than a half-century many of our most outstanding players have gotten their jump start. Bielanski herself is a fine ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Hot Box, bassist/composer Bruno Råberg and his quartet (Phil Grenadier on trumpet and flugelhorn, Allan Chase on saxophones and drummer Austin McMahon) have created a very, very cool and quite attractive modern jazz album that will stay in the ear for a long time.

“Cool" here means burning on a low heat, with ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist-composer Bruno Råberg leads an adventurous, empathetic pianoless quartet on Hot Box, his seventh recording as a leader. Born in Sweden, he has been living in the U.S. since 1981, and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His collaborations with trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist Allan Chase go back over 10 ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier had previously offered a brilliant duo collection with the 2012 Plunge (Orbis Music) and here--under Råberg's leadership--expand to a quartet formation for the equally imaginative Hot Box. The collection features compositions both by the Swedish born Råberg and group improvised pieces. Unlike the Råberg/Grenadier duo outing, the leader's electronic ...

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Jamie Ousley: A Sea of Voices

Read "A Sea of Voices" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bassist Jamie Ousley carries the distinction of being named the best south Florida jazz musician,and his A Sea of Voices is a testament that he has indeed earned that honor.

Bodies of water inspire the ten tracks that comprise an album that possesses, for its unifying theme, a quiet yet robust religious spirituality. ...

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Juan Andrés Ospina: BBB (Barcelona Bogota Boston)

Read "BBB (Barcelona Bogota Boston)" reviewed by Lewis J Whittington

The jazz diary of pianist/composer Juan Andrés Ospina's BBB is an elegant, untethered tour of primary musical colors, with inviting light, angles and shadows. “Todavía No" states the theme with percussionist Austin McMahon's airy drums swinging, with tango punctuations. Saxophonists Ben Roseth and actually Matan Chapnizka dominate with flights of jazz fancy, though it is Ospina's ...

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Jamie Ousley: A Sea of Voices

Read "A Sea of Voices" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Jamie Ousley is not only a renowned recording artist and producer, he is an educator by profession at Florida International University in Miami, and an environmentalist and person of deep, abiding faith. A Sea of Voices is the South Florida bassist's most humbling musical work to date, in essence a labor of love inspired by a ...