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Champian Fulton: Christmas With Champian

Read "Christmas With Champian" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton may be the only kindergartner in history to take a Charlie Parker CD into school for show and tell. The effect of her presentation on her classmates is uncertain, but  she fought the good fight.

Now, almost three decades after the “Bird Goes to  Kindergarten" incident, Champian Fulton can be found ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music of India is ancient, centuries old. The saxophone is new, with a history of less than a hundred years. Ditto for the “electric" guitar. First generation Indian-American alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa marries the old and new in his music, on his most compelling recording to date, Agrima, featuring his Indo-Pak Coalition, featuring “electric" guitarist ...

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Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kurrent

Read "Kurrent" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A mainstay of the New York scene since the '90s, organist Brian Charette has a worldly view on music that makes it hard to contain all his pent up musical energies in a conventional way. This partly explains why his recent spate of records for the Posi-Tone label seemed to satisfy while still leaving one with ...

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Mica Bethea: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When listening to the Mica Bethea Big Band's generally admirable two-CD set, Stage 'n Studio, the first thought is, “Why hasn't anyone done this before?" That query is immediately replaced by a second thought: “Perhaps someone has and we simply overlooked it." In either case, Bethea's decision to perform (basically) the same material in a recording ...

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Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a daunting task but a laudable ambition to afford direct tribute to a musician as iconic as Miles Davis and a work of his equal in stature, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). But like the ensembles before them that revisited this bonafide classic, including the World Saxophone Quartet, Lettuce prove up to the task. In fact, ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lungamente atteso, viene pubblicato in questi giorni Agrima dell'Indo-Pak Coalition di Rudresh Mahanthappa, un album dove tradizione orientale e contemporaneità si fondono in percorsi articolati e avvincenti. A nove anni dall'unico lavoro discografico (Apti Innova, 2008) il trio raccoglie i tratti fondanti di quel progetto aggiungendo nuove soluzioni, in un quadro esaltante per inventiva personale e ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Ancestral influences have long occupied second-generation Indian-American saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa's thinking and have strongly influenced his music. That was especially true in the case of his 2008 Indo-Pak Coalition album Apti (Innova Recordings) and now with Agrima. But there is an obvious evolutionary leap in the near decade between releases; a measure of the progression is ...

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The Blue-Hots: Collection Three: Spells (2014-2015)

Read "Collection Three: Spells (2014-2015)" reviewed by Jim Olin

The Blue-Hots is a jazz group that will immediately attract you with their funky and exotic music. Collection Three: Spells took two years in the making due to many factors. You will witness varying styles that makes every track fresh and exciting.

The first song, “Gimme Something," is electrifying. The guitar work in the ...

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Harald Peterstorfer & Ali Angerer: Songbook Volume 1

Read "Songbook Volume 1" reviewed by Jim Olin

Songbook is a stunning blend of fusion, ethnic folk, and jazz, going for a moody, textural, and lush vibe. These recordings are haunting and beautifully arranged, aiming for a diverse and elegant approach. The production is particularly tasteful: this is the sound of two people sitting together and performing, adding a really organic feel to the ...

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The Cheap Ensemble: The Cheap Ensemble

Read "The Cheap Ensemble" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Atlanta-based trio The Cheap Ensemble plays chamber jazz inspired by the Paul Motian Trio, and takes the inspiration for its name from Ronnie Scott's quote “I play very cheaply, but I don't play free." Drummer Dana Fitzsimons (who studied both music and law, and has continued to perform as much as possible while also practicing law) ...


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