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Amy Cervini: No One Ever Tells You

Read "No One Ever Tells You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As we mature, grow, and enter new phases of life, we constantly discover things that no one ever told us about. In those revelations, be they related to profession, partnership, or parenthood, the truth stands naked. Sometimes it's enlightening in its disrobing; other times it's mildly depressing in its unfolding; and on occasion, it's absolutely gut-wrenching ...

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DUCHESS: Laughing At Life

Read "Laughing At Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jollity seems to be at a premium these days, so thank God for DUCHESS. This fizzy vocal trio is the antidote to all things grim, bringing joy to the masses one smile and song at a time.

Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou--three of the most captivating vocalists around today--clearly appreciate great ...

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Awakening Orchestra: Atticus Live!

Read "Atticus Live!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sorry. If this is the direction in which big-band jazz is moving, please apply the brakes as quickly and gently as possible so that this listener may exit the train. When it comes to big bands, some members of an older generation cling to standards that must always be upheld. Not swinging is from time to ...

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Awakening Orchestra: Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis

Read "Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On the heals of the excellent debut This Is Not the Answer, Vol 1 (Innova Recordings, 2014), composer/conductor Kyle Saulnier leaves the writing credits to featured guitarist/composer Jesse Lewis on Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis. Not a regular member of Saulnier's Awakening Orchestra, Lewis had recorded each of these tracks on his similarly named ...

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Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Humanity Part II, the oracular title of bassist Robert Sabin's new album, may summon images of a Mel Brooks parody (Part I must have slipped past us), the music itself is decidedly serious. In the liner notes, wherein he references Albert Camus, Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Ravel and Dario Argento, Sabin makes ...

Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Troy Collins

Robert Sabin has a dark side. Although the New York-based bassist regularly serves as a sideman to such luminaries as Oliver Lake and Luis Bonilla, Sabin has revealed an abiding fascination with horror throughout his career, as documented on his 2005 Ranula Music debut Killdozer, based on Marvin Heemeyer's infamous armored bulldozer rampage in Colorado the ...

MOA: Maverick

Read "Maverick" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Max Wild wears many musical hats: A jazz musician who plays alto saxophone, an instructor at one of New York City's hottest music production schools (Dubspot), and producer of his own original dance and other electronic music. Wild began to play the saxophone in his native Zimbabwe and earned his Master in Jazz degree from the ...

Checking in from Global Outposts

Read "Checking in from Global Outposts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Atlas Maior
Palindrome
Self Produced
2014

Open the package for Atlas Maior's debut CD and here's the first line you read: “Palindrome was completely improvised and recorded live with no overdubs." How you respond to these words will greatly shape how you respond to this music.

A ...

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DUCHESS: DUCHESS

Read "DUCHESS" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a new vocal super group in town, and it proves that bonhomie hasn't been banished from jazz. DUCHESS--the sublime combination of Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou--is a serious musical force, but it makes some seriously friendly music.

Cervini, Gardner, and Stylianou each delivered superb releases on the Anzic imprint in ...

The Dickens Campaign: Oh Lovely Appearance

Read "Oh Lovely Appearance" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Le note di copertina ci informano che Oh Lovely Appearance è un omaggio allo studioso, etnomusicologo, produttore discografico Alan Lomax i cui viaggi attraverso gli Stati Uniti negli anni Trenta hanno documentato l'American life con oltre cinquemila ore di registrazioni, i celeberrimi field recordings. Nel disco compaiono alcuni brani tratti dal libro Our Singing Country: Folk ...