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Joey DeFrancesco: In The Key Of The Universe

Read "In The Key Of The Universe" reviewed by Doug Collette

Joey DeFrancesco has stretched himself regularly throughout the course of thirty-plus albums. Just since Project Freedom (Mack Avenue, 2017) he's collaborated very productively for two albums with the Irish soulman Van Morrison--You're Driving Me Crazy (Sony Legacy, 2018) and The Prophet Speaks (Caroline, 2018). And, on In The Key of the Universe, the organist/trumpeter reaffirms his ...

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Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cheryl Bentyne (and Mark Winkler)
Eastern Standard Time
Café Pacific Records

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Adison Evans: Meridian

Read "Meridian" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On her second release as a leader, the buoyant Meridian, saxophonist Adison Evans demonstrates remarkable maturity as both a composer and a performer. Evans drew inspiration from the idyllic Tuscan village where she retreated to pen the music that comprises this intriguing album.

The opening title-track sets the mood with the right balance of ...

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Troy Roberts: Nu-Jive Perspective

Read "Nu-Jive Perspective" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though still a pup age-wise, Australian-born saxophonist Troy Roberts has two Grammy nominations under his belt and has shared the stage and studio with luminaries that have defined the musical spectrum, including Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Nu-Jive Perspective, his eighth disc as leader and third with ...

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Jared Hall: Hallways

Read "Hallways" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It has been a long road for trumpeter/composer Jared Hall. That road has been a path cloistered in jazz education, starting in his native Spokane, WA studying with Dan Keberle at Whitworth University, to his masters completion at Indiana University under David Baker.

At that point, Hall had a decision to make, in terms ...

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Berta Moreno: Little Steps

Read "Little Steps" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When first seeing the title of Berta Moreno's debut record, one might be tempted to interpret it as a self-effacing gesture. Perhaps the tenor saxophonist is acknowledging her debt to the giant steps of the master of the tenor, John Coltrane himself? Upon further investigation, however, Moreno makes clear in her notes to the album that ...

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Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones

Read "Tales & Tones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Troy Roberts is a saxophonist from Australia who has made his way in America working with the likes of Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts and Joey DeFrancesco. On this CD he demonstrates a forceful saxophone sound married to original ideas in rhythm and tempo.

Roberts' plays deep, swooping sax mostly over tricky, pounding beats set ...

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Myles Wright: Manhattan EP

Read "Manhattan EP" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For evidence that the big-band tradition is alive and well, look no further than this release from composer and arranger Myles Wright. His second self-produced recording after 2015's LA EP, he's shifted his focus to the other coast this time, and with a top-flight crew of New York musicians to perform four ambitious, infectious charts, it's ...

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Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones

Read "Tales & Tones" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts continues to present music that retains a distinctive strength and originality, still vastly rooted in tradition, while firmly grounded in new perspectives. Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, Roberts has received numerous awards including 3 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal, and was the only ...