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Glafkos Kontemeniotis: Yugen

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The second album by Cypriot pianist and composer Glafkos Kontemeniotis, a native of New York City since 1988, presents eleven original compositions. This project is his tribute to the existence of beauty in the world, if one knows how to find it. Joining him on this journey are some of New York's elite players including saxophonist ...

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Greg Diamond: Musings & Origins

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Jazz guitarist Greg Diamond unveils his fourth album as leader, and his first solo recording, featuring thirteen original compositions specifically designed for the acoustic guitar. Musings & Origins captures an accomplished composer on a solo adventure performing original music created from 2002 to 2016. Preferring the acoustic guitar to other string instruments, Diamond's finger play and ...

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Peter Eldridge, Kenny Werner: Somewhere

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Singer Peter Eldridge, founding member of the famed New York Voices, and veteran pianist and composer Kenny Werner, a world-class performer for over 40 years, finally come together for a collaboration of talent and song that has been percolating for nearly a decade. The result is the incredible, sophisticated harmonic treasure Somewhere, a masterful fusion of ...

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Marc Jordan: Both Sides

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American-born Canadian singer and songwriter Marc Jordan, who covers a wide range of genres, including jazz, unveils his first album since 2013 with one of his finest recordings to date on the soft and breezy balladic Both Sides. Containing lush romantic jazz arrangements of contemporary standards and recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra featuring trumpeter Randy ...

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Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

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Unleashing her third album as leader, pianist/composer and arranger Chiemi Nakai delivers her best outing to date, melding jazz, the Latin sound and elements of Japanese pop. Containing mostly original compositions from the artist, Nakai also includes a couple of fresh re-arranged jazz standards from Thelonious Monk and Gene De Paul. The Latin ...

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Ruben Caban: Shafted

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Puerto Rican trombonist Ruben Caban makes a splash with the Latin jazz shaded Shafted, his first own-name album. The disc is full of grit and swagger and offers a host of original compositions sure to shake them bones. A professor of jazz trombone at Florida International University as well as Miami-Dade and Broward colleges, Caban is ...

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Nate Najar: Under Paris Skies

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Jazz guitarist Nate Najar follows up the critically-acclaimed 2016 release of This is Nate Najar (Woodward Avenue Records) with a heart-warming tribute to the city of Paris with Under Paris Skies, conveying his love of the city of lights with a charming and elegant set of love songs and ballads, all designed to set the mood ...

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Jeff Hamilton: Live from San Pedro

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Together 17 years and counting, the Jeff Hamilton Trio presents another exceptional session of music captured in a one-night live performance at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA simply titled Live from San Pedro. Along with pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty, drummer Hamilton and crew touch on a host of creative compositions including ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

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The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra follows up the highly successful debut album Portraits and Places (Origin, 2016), with another masterpiece recording on Without A Trace offering new and exciting arrangements of three standards and four creative Reeves originals that all together, pack quite a powerful musical punch. A full-tenured professor at The City University of New ...

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Roy McGrath: Remembranzas

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Honoring special memories of the past, Chicago-based Puerto Rico-born tenor saxophonist Roy Mcgrath presents a light Latin-styled session on Remembranzas, featuring eight new compositions, including a special tribute to Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. A fixture in Chicago's music scene, Mcgrath has led various groups performing jazz, funk, Latin and Salsa. While the ...


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