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Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez: Duologue

Read "Duologue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When running down the names of notable and somewhat recent Cuban exports in the jazz realm, Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez both rank at the top of the list. Rodriguez, a conservatory trained pianist with a strong familial connection to the aural arts, came under the wing of the great Quincy Jones back in 2006. He ...

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Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn

Read "Christian McBride's New Jawn" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's true that six-time Grammy winner Christian McBride hasn't been the new thing on the scene for some time now. Yet the gritty Christian McBride's New Jawn pops from the get-go with a zesty, youthful intensity and infectious enthusiasm. making his lifelong inquiry into jazz past, present and future a pure joy to listen to.

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Erroll Garner: Nightconcert

Read "Nightconcert" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

The lights dimmed, a spotlight illuminated the stage, and on Saturday November 7, 1964, Erroll Garner, wearing a black tuxedo and almost certainly one of his frequent grins, walked on stage to play piano to an audience of over 2,000 people at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The excitement was palpable, and the crowd roared and clapped ...

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Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata 2

Read "Jazz Bata 2" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With Jazz Bata 2, composer pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés finally follows up on an experimental album he cut in Cuba in 1972. The subject matter of both records is the folklore and religious beliefs of the Yoruba slaves shipped to the Caribbean between 1770 and 1840.

On Jazz Bata 2 Valdés' piano ...

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Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn

Read "Christian McBride's New Jawn" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Christian McBride was looking for a new musical challenge. So he decided to form a band that would play without the use of chords. The bassist explains, “Every major group I've been a part of for the last ten years, whether it's been with Pat Metheny or Chick Corea, or my own projects, there's been nothing ...

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Connie Han: Crime Zone

Read "Crime Zone" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Connie Han, dressed in skin-tight leather, tosses back her long and lustrous black hair, then walks like a prowling cat to the piano. She sits down, doesn't smile, looks darkly at the keyboard. She pauses then starts playing a percussive riff. Lights! The band emerges from the shadows and falls in behind her.

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Connie Han: Crime Zone

Read "Crime Zone" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Twenty-two year old pianist Connie Han comes at you flashy, fast, and furious on her Mack Avenue debut Crime Zone. But it's flashy and fast with more than enough sense of history and creative curiosity to keep your ear pinned to whatever device you're listening on.

“Another Kind of Right" jumps from the start ...

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Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

Read "Facing Dragons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Save for a busy, perhaps too restrained take on The Beatles' “Yesterday" and the predictable South American rhythm driven “Sangueo Soul," Facing Dragons is pianist Christian Sands third powerhouse release in a shade over two years.

Crisply performed by his core trio, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the untiring Jerome Jennings on drums, Facing Dragons ...

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Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

Read "Facing Dragons" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Christian Sands is already being hailed as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation. The question now is will he follow in the footsteps of piano virtuosos like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner and concentrate on keyboard fireworks? Or will he choose other outlets for his immense talent, DownBeat magazine seemingly paving the way ...

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Cecile McLorin Salvant: The Window

Read "The Window" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Cécile McLorin Salvant has one of the most powerful voices in jazz. Which doesn't make her always easy to listen to. Sometimes she instills new meaning to an old lyric, other times she tries too hard and goes over the top. Still, at least she tries.

She comes from Miami, daughter of a ...