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Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism

Read "Perpetual Optimism" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Herlin Riley, a drummer from New Orleans, is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. Indeed, he played a large part in developing the drum parts for the Pulitzer Prize-winning album by Marsalis, Blood on the Fields (Columbia, 1997).

On his own album, Riley leads a mainstream quintet ...

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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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Julian Lage: Love Hurts

Read "Love Hurts" reviewed by Doug Collette

By the release of Modern Lore (Mack Avenue, 2018), Julian Lage had fully established his very own style of modern jazz, one arising directly from his approach to the electric guitar. Justifiably proud of what he's accomplished to date, yet not content to rest on his laurels, Lage stretches himself on Love Hurts, simultaneously freshening the ...

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Julian Lage: Love Hurts

Read "Love Hurts" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

A un anno esatto di distanza dal precedente Modern Lore arriva il nuovo lavoro di Julian Lage, ex enfant prodige della chitarra, che a soli 31 anni può già permettersi di festeggiare quest'anno i 20 anni trascorsi dalla sua prima incisione professionale (un duetto con il mandolinista bluegrass David Grisman nell'album Dawg Duets). Nel frattempo non ...

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Julian Lage: Love Hurts

Read "Love Hurts" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Julian Lage is a tremendously talented acoustic guitarist and by all accounts a polite, mild mannered kind of guy. Though this might not be the whole story. The cover picture of his album is of twenty used matches, which is thought to refer to his worries of becoming burnt-out after being hailed as a child prodigy ...

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Joey DeFrancesco: In The Key Of The Universe

Read "In The Key Of The Universe" reviewed by Chris Mosey

This is an important, even historic album. It marks--unannounced--the return of a great figure of the free jazz era, Pharoah Sanders. Saxophonist Albert Ayler once famously declared, “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost."

Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco has orchestrated Sanders' return from oblivion. Without it, the ...

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Alfredo Rodriguez: Duologue

Read "Duologue" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Alfredo Rodriguez is the classically trained son of Cuban singer/composer “Alfredito" Rodriguez. In 2009, he accompanied his father on a concert tour of Mexico, decided not to return to his homeland, and asked for political asylum in the U.S. Once there, he began a music career aided by veteran producer Quincy Jones. In 2015, he won ...

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Cyrille Aimee: Move On - A Sondheim Adventure

Read "Move On - A Sondheim Adventure" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Cyrille Aimée's latest album may come as a shock to fans of the French vocalist. Gone is the light, bubbly approach that has been her hallmark. Aimée is now a “musical interpreter," no less, and is devoting a whole album to the late works of American composer Stephen Sondheim.

Except for Adrien Moignard's ...

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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.