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Gabriel Naïm Amor: Moments Before

Read "Moments Before" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The idea of storytelling in music has been used and abused to describe almost any kind of playing with a melodic arc and logical progression, but true musical storytelling is not just about lines forming a pattern, but rather entails creating emotional spaces where it is just as important to leave things out as it is ...

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Josh Rager: Dreams And Other Stories

Read "Dreams And Other Stories" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Montreal's Juno Award-nominated pianist, Josh Rager, has assembled an all star quintet for his fourth album as a leader, Dreams And Other Stories. Sandwiching five of his own superb compositions between the disc's opener, the Rodgers and Hart jewel “Spring is Here," and the wrap-up, Olivier Messiaen's “O Sacrum Convivium," he creates a cohesive and vivacious ...

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Vince Tampio: The Nook

Read "The Nook" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There's always something reassuring about the pleasingly familiar, whether it's a favorite shirt, a nice helping of comfort food or the coziness of a frequent neighborhood hangout. jny: Philadelphia's Tattooed Mom Bar fits the bill for Vince Tampio and a few good friends. Besides evoking that welcoming atmosphere with its title and cover, The Nook's classic-sounding ...

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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II

Read "Dirigo Rataplan II" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Dirigo Rataplan is a group led by drummer Devin Gray that contains three outstanding musicians with Baltimore ties, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Dave Ballou and bassist Michael Formanek. They first recorded in 2012, and six years later they have released a followup CD, Dirigo Rataplan II, with a rambunctious inside-outside style that is based on strong ...

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The South Florida Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming

Read "The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a big band devotes an entire album to the compositions and arrangements of one musician, the obvious opening question is: why? In other words, who is Gary Lindsay and why is the South Florida Jazz Orchestra performing his music? In brief, the answer is that Lindsay, an alto saxophonist and well-respected educator, has written and ...

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Sam Blakeslee Quintet: Selective Coverage

Read "Selective Coverage" reviewed by Jim Olin

Selective Coverage is a remarkable and forward-thinking release by the Sam Blakeslee Quintet. The project reaffirms the group's ability to break the patterns and explore new ideas, while staying true to the aesthetics of contemporary jazz. But beneath the technical precision and creative compositions is the deeper meaning of the album's title; it is inspired by ...

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UHHM: UHHM

Read "UHHM" reviewed by John Bricker

UHHM's self-titled debut album throws progressive rock and free jazz into a dizzying, heavily improvisational mix of satisfying songs and forgettable avante-garde experiments.

Created in 2017, UHHM is a Baltimore-based trio with Nick Sala on guitar, Jack Naden on drums and Chris Frick on keyboards and French horn. Their genre-blending and experimental compositions lead ...

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Line Matter: In Motion

Read "In Motion" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The hauntingly memorable melody to “Into The Woods," one of five tracks on In Motion written by Jonathan Moore, is enhanced by the guitarist's subtle yet assured technique which recalls the likes of Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny. Moore's opening salvo is hotly pursued by Francesco Acanfora, adding a confident tenor solo.

Whilst ...

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Marcelo Maccagnan: Looking Ahead

Read "Looking Ahead" reviewed by Jim Olin

New York-based Marcelo Maccagnan is an artist whose music is a refreshing blend of different styles and creative ideas. On his latest album, Looking Ahead, Maccagnan has delivered a collection of exotic, sharply sculpted instrumentals that fascinate and awaken the senses. His electrifying bass playing casts a hypnotic spell but each of his fellow musicians are ...

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Gary Alesbrook: Jazz In Movies

Read "Jazz In Movies" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This excellent debut by British trumpeter Gary Alesbrook is notable for four reasons: 1) he's leaping straight from well-known session musician to frontman; 2) he's been playing for 33 years, mostly for high profile, non-jazz bands in the UK like The Super Fuzzy Animals and The Scissor Sisters; 3) while eclectic in his taste and experience, ...