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Davy Knowles: Best of the Bootlegs 2017

Read "Best of the Bootlegs 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Davy Knowles inaugurated a monthly series of live concert downloads during the course of 2017. As the title denotes, Best of the Bootlegs 2017 is purportedly the proverbial cream of that digital crop, and the approximately seventy-five minute CD fairly well depicts the live presentations of the Isle of Man native.

The collection succeeds ...

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Justin Almquist: The Speed of Dark

Read "The Speed of Dark" reviewed by Geno Thackara

How fast does dark actually go anyway? It's light that makes the most common and obvious metaphors for speed, after all. Then again, as the great Terry Pratchett wrote: “no matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first and is waiting for it." Shadows simply grow in a different way ...

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Ghost Town Blues Band: Ghost Town Blues Band

Read "Ghost Town Blues Band" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One of the perks to living in Little Rock is its close proximity to the center of the rock music universe. No, not Cleveland, Alan Freed or not. Memphis, Tennessee! Did Chuck Berry write a song about Cleveland? No. Being close to Memphis means being close enough to go a see local bands the likes of ...

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Kadawa: Kadawa

Read "Kadawa" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

In Kadawa --album di debutto dell'omonimo guitar-trio --convivono composizioni risalenti al periodo di studio e di formazione in Tel Aviv e nuove composizioni scritte a New York, attuale luogo di residenza del trio. Una sorta di fil rouge che lega passato e presente in una narrazione ricca di sorprese, salti di registro, cambi di direzione che ...

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Dutch Concert Big Band: Plays Dutch Originals

Read "Plays Dutch Originals" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you think locating a needle in a haystack is strenuous, try finding something less than complimentary to say about Plays Dutch Originals, an absolutely marvelous recording by the superlative Dutch Concert Big Band. As far as can be determined, this is the only album set down (to date) by the band, which was formed in ...

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Jackie Messina: Necessary Arrangements

Read "Necessary Arrangements" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Sleek and sophisticated, Jackie Messina's Necessary Arrangements proves a thoughtfully considered collection of standards, to be sure, but not the frontline warhorses one might expect. In addition to an inventive repertoire, vocalist Messina opts for a pared-down band with only a harmonica as a front solo instrument augmenting the classic piano trio. This format allows Messina's ...

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Benji Kaplan: Chorando Sete Cores

Read "Chorando Sete Cores" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Composer and guitarist Benji Kaplan is an artist that brings vivid colors to his music, both in sound and imagery. Kaplan has three albums already in his growing discography: Meditações no violão, a solo guitar album, Reveries em Som, an album of duets with flautist Anne Drummond; and Uai Sô, a project that features various ensembles ...

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The Willy Torres Orchestra: On Another Path

Read "On Another Path" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Willy Torres has released a new album entitled The Willy Torres Orchestra On Another Path, his third release as a soloist, and a follow-up to his previous albums, Hardcore (2011) and What I Bring (2008). Recorded in New Jersey and released on the Italian label Abanico Records, the album contains fourteen tracks, eight composed by Torres, ...

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Seth Yacovone: Life at Nectar's

Read "Life at Nectar's" reviewed by Doug Collette

The title of Seth Yacovone's solo acoustic album, Life at Nectar's, is not a misprint, but a very carefully designated description. In the prolific guitarist/vocalist/songwriter's thirteen years of such shows each Friday evening, the energy at the hallowed venue coalesces around his performances. And while those are somewhat unlike this set of fifteen originals--he invariably mixes ...

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Stan Bann: Penmanship

Read "Penmanship" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To those who know him, it's no secret that Stan Bann is partial to the trombone. After all, the Minnesota-based composer / arranger plays one himself, leads Stan Bann's Big Bone Band and is a mainstay as writer and performer with the Minneapolis Trombone Choir. And as if that weren't a large enough clue, Bann welcomes ...