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Carla Campopiano Trio: Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections

Read "Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Just as jazz was born in the brothels of New Orleans, tango was first played in disreputable dives along the banks of the River Plate (Rio de Plata), which forms the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was a heady mix of the German waltz, the Czech polka, the Polish mazurka, the Bohemian schottische, the ...

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3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III

Read "3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III" reviewed by Geno Thackara

More evidence that three is truly a magic number, as explorations in this format remain as expansive and inventive as ever...

Fred Hersch Trio
'97 @ the Village Vanguard
Palmetto Records
2018

Fine artists can aspire to appear in the Louvre someday. Comics might hope for a Las Vegas ...

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Mariel Austin: Runner in the Rain

Read "Runner in the Rain" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In case anyone is wondering whether big-band jazz continues to hold appeal for younger musicians, witness this debut five-track album from trombonist Mariel Austin. Despite (or perhaps because of) her youth, Austin possesses an ambitious and expansive vision. And on Runner in the Rain, she marshals a skilled ensemble, many of whom are friends from the ...

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Nicole Johaenntgen: Henry II

Read "Henry II" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Two years on from Henry (Self-Produced, 2016), a pulsating set of contemporary tunes in the New Orleans brass band tradition, Nicole Johänntgen is once again bitten by the Nawlins bug on this vibrant follow-up. The Zurich-based German saxophonist is joined, as before, by trombonist Jon Ramm, drummer Paul Thibodeaux and sousaphone player Steven Glenn--their collective claws ...

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James Austin, Jr: Songs in the Key of Wonder

Read "Songs in the Key of Wonder" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, James Austin, Jr. has established himself as an accomplished pianist and bandleader. He honed his craft under the tutelage of a number of legendary musicians, including extensive study with renowned jazz educator Barry Harris, receiving numerous accolades and awards along the way, including the honor of being selected as ...

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Jacob Duncan: It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen

Read "It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In many instances, saxophone summits are ballsy blowouts steeped in performing jazz standards, especially when the hornists are used to leading their own bands, and they just want to get down to business in the studio. But such is not the case here, thanks to superb Louisville, KY-based saxophonist Jacob Duncan's (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) original ...

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Acute Inflections: The Brave

Read "The Brave" reviewed by Geannine Reid

There has been a rise in the popularity of performing and recording duos in jazz in the late 2010s. One of the most sought-after partnerships in NYC for high-end parties is that of bassist Sadiki Pierre and vocalist Elasea Douglas.

Though Pierre and Douglas' backgrounds are quite diverse, a connective tissue is a love ...

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Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish: Pardes

Read "Pardes" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish are among a wave of jazz musicians that has emerged from Israel in the last ten years. The success of bassist Avishai Cohen and his sister, clarinetist Anat Cohen and guitarist Gilad Heckselman has caught the attention of jazz fans around the world.

Hoffman, now a resident of Columbia, ...

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Ryan Carraher: Obscure Sorrows

Read "Obscure Sorrows" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Boston-based guitarist/composer Ryan Carraher chose a unique theme for his sophomore album: each track is inspired by a word from John Koenig's Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Koenig's website and YouTube channel present made-up words meant to complete our emotional language: “each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language--to give a name to emotions ...

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Kevin Quinn: Paramedic

Read "Paramedic" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Kevin Quinn may not be a name you are familiar with on the jazz scene yet, but behind the scenes his work as a sound engineer at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, has afforded him the opportunity to work with top jazz musicians such as: Aaron Parks, David Savitsky, Rachel Therrien, Dean Sharp, Sean Wayland, ...