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Duende Libre: Drift

Read "Drift" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Duende Libre is an energetic trio of Seattle musicians utilizing the American jazz tradition as a jumping off point for exploration of global musical forms. The creative vision for the band is perhaps that of pianist/composer Alex Chadsey, yet it is his two mates, drummer/percussionist Jeff Busch, and uber bassist Farko Dosumov that bring his musical ...

Kristina Koller: Perception

Read "Perception" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kristina Koller is a 23-year-old vocalist who shows a knack for mixing things up on her debut album. Her song list contains venerable standards along with original material and songs by fairly recent rock acts like Blink-182 and Bon Iver, while her arrangements of the material encompasses everything from mainstream acoustic jazz to hip-hop and funk. ...

Jambalaya 37: Cooking Groove

Read "Cooking Groove" reviewed by Jim Olin

Cooking an amazing meal is a little bit like making music with a band. You have to know what ingredients harmonize well together, and you have to understand what it takes to add just the right spice to come up with a truly mouthwatering end result. It's about the magic of chemistry, how various pieces develop ...

Gideon King: Upscale Madhouse

Read "Upscale Madhouse" reviewed by Paul Naser

The single “Fake It On Facebook" from Gideon King's forthcoming release, Upscale Madhouse is the ideal ambassador for the rest of the album. It encapsulates all the evolutions his writing has gone through since his last release, City Blog, while it showcases his unique musical and lyrical style.

In addition to King's preferred style ...

Cliff Brucker: Full Circle, Vol. 2

Read "Full Circle, Vol. 2" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Cliff Brucker is based in New York, but it is not the big city. He and his crack quintet--two horns, piano/bass/guitar drums--are settled in upstate, in Albany. They revisit the sound of the Blue Note Records' heyday on this follow up to Full Circle (Self Produced, 2016), with Full Circle, Vol 2.

A ...

The Recyclers: Davout

Read "Davout" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La collaborazione tra il percussionista inglese residente a Parigi Steve Arguelles ed il pianista francese Benoit Delbecq è di lunga data (si incontrarono ad un workshop di Steve Coleman ben venticinque anni fa) così come di lunga data è il loro coinvolgimento con l'elettronica (versante Ambitronix e prima versione dei Recyclers). In questo Davout (dal nome ...

Linley Weir: Just One More Time

Read "Just One More Time" reviewed by James Fleming

Easy on the ear does not necessarily mean easy on the consciousness. Many a sweet melody has served as a gateway drug to harder, horizon-expanding sounds. But Just One More Time, from UK-based vocalist Linley Weir, does not open any “doors of perception." Her brand of Latin-infused jazz-pop is safe as a bank vault. And, despite ...

Kait Dunton: TRIOKAIT2

Read "TRIOKAIT2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The form and function of a sequel carries certain opportunities, offering its creator the chance to return to a specific realm, broaden a theme, and further the story set forth in the original. As a result, these types of works are often judged against their launching pad productions and tethered to them by comparison. Call that ...

George Winstone: Outer Spaces

Read "Outer Spaces" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Alto saxophonist and composer George Winstone's debut recording stands out from the crowd. Technically it's an EP but at 33 minutes it's not very different in duration from some LPs; it's actually the same length as Coltrane's A Love Supreme and four minutes longer than (Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity .

Winstone, who was born ...

Lou Lanza: Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project

Read "Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project" reviewed by Jim Olin

Lou Lanza is a charismatic jazz artist with a unique approach to his creativity. His 2018 album Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project is not about original songs, but it is actually about offering an original spin on the tunes of one of the most beloved songwriters of all time: Billy Joel.

Through ...