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Elizabeth Tombulian: Love's in Need of Love Today

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By the third track on Elizabeth Tomboulian's Love's in Need of Love Today , you discover three observations: that the album is probably going to be a rainbow of diverse grooves and textures; that Tomboulian is definitely adept at all of them; and that she takes great joy in doing so.

The eleven ...

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Camila Meza & the Nectar Orchestra: Ámbar

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With Ámbar, the Chilean-born New York vocalist, instrumentalist and composer Camila Meza, here recording with the marvelous Nectar Orchestra, sends out a dozen tracks of intriguing, highly-textured culturally-rich music. The material, creatively superb and impeccably performed all around, not only reinforces the fact that Meza is an acknowledged Downbeat Magazine Rising Star, but also vividly demonstrates ...

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Richie Cole: Cannonball

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With Cannonball, Richie Cole and his crew deliver fourteen selections, each of which is associated with the album's namesake, Julian Cannonball Adderley. Cole has admired Adderley since their meeting when Cole was a student at Berklee School of Music. The album is a terrific salute and it once more confirms Cole as a leading flamekeeper of ...

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Lauren White: Life in the Modern World

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Vocalist, actress, producer.... Lauren White does it all. And, as befits a Renaissance artist, she not only excels, but also explores the unique, the compelling and the substantive. With Life in the Modern World she and her team of Los Angeles aces do precisely that, delivering 11 fine selections, most lesser-known, but each a certified gem. ...

Keith Fiala: From Maynard to the Maestro

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Keith Fiala, trumpeter, composer, producer, author, educator/clinician, video production guru, and currently personal assistant to 10-time Grammy winner, Arturo Sandoval. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa and later jny: Austin, Texas, Fiala who also spent time starring on Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, took a few moments from his busy schedule to chat.

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Tierney Sutton Band: Screenplay

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Cinema-related “standards" have been fertile territory for musicians to harvest ever since Al Jolson walked miles for smiles. With Screenplay, 8-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton—here as the Tierney Sutton Band—takes a fascinating retrospective, delivering fifteen tunes we have often heard— but never this creatively. The result is a showcase that is unique, engaging, and—in terms of ...

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Nicoló Ricci: Pulcino

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With Pulcino saxophonist Nicoló Ricci bravely sets off on a musical excursion with only bassist Giuseppe Romagnoli and drummer Andreu Pitarch along for the adventure. The result is a fascinating portrait of an artist and players willing to forego the keyboard's harmonic support and cast improvisational fate to their own superior creativity.

“The ...

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Judy Wexler: Crowded Heart

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"Tribute," “re-imagined," “remembered," “Great American Songbook." You won't see or hear those words anywhere on Crowded Heart, Judy Wexler's fifth and best effort to date. What you will hear are 10 sublime cuts from some of the finest composers and lyricists in the game. Here Wexler revels in songs where romance and all of its kaleidoscopic ...

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Akira Tana & Otonowa: Ai San San: Love's Radiance

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Ai San San: Love's Radiance is musical transformation of the highest caliber. It employs traditional and contemporary Japanese melodies and molds them into a marvelously arranged and performed jazz album. Traditional Japanese instruments enhance textural dimension.

The opener, “Antagata Dakosa," is vaguely reminiscent of Mongo Santamaria's “Afro Blue" and is a terrific straight-ahead ...

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Herb and Lani Alpert: Truth-Telling, the Arts and Heart

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It's been nearly four years since we last spoke to Herb Alpert. Now in his early 80s and about to go on tour performing with his wife, Lani Hall, Alpert continues to be a dynamic—and vital—force in both the music and art world. His philanthropic efforts on behalf the arts and music education are unparalleled and ...