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Tim Collins: Castles and Hilltops

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This is an excellent album by one of the finest vibraphonists on the scene today. Tim Collins combines the harmonic adventurousness of Gary Burton with a swinging style reminiscent of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.

Castles and Hilltops consists largely of original compositions that run a wide gamut of styles and expressive content. ...

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Helge Sunde Norske Store Orkester: Denada

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Denada, an album of big band compositions by the talented Norwegian trombonist/composer Helge Sunde, is amazingly complex and original music that brings to mind the work of Maria Schneider. In fact, had I encountered this album in a blindfold test, I would have said immediately that it was a new album by Schneider.

Sunde's ...

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Anita Wardell: Noted

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The best straight-ahead jazz singer on the scene today is Anita Wardell, the winner of the prestigious BBC Jazz Award last month, and Noted is one of the most impressive displays of vocal jazz and vocalese in many years. Backed up by her usual working trio of pianist Robin Aspland, bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Steve ...

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Mike Melvoin Trio: You Know

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"Adult songs for and about adults." That is Mike Melvoin's description of this trio album, and all of the prose poems that could be written about the technical brilliance of the performances contained therein would miss the essential truth of those six words. This is music of the highest quality with a seriousness of purpose that ...

Victor Prieto: Persistencia

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Spanish-born jazz accordionist Victor Prieto is the most exciting such player to come on the scene since Eddie Monteiro. Melding Argentine and Brazilian influences with a bop sensibility, Prieto gives the lie to all of the nasty things that have been said over the years about the much-maligned squeezebox.

Backed by Rachel Z drummer ...

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Beat Kaestli: Happy, Sad and Satisfied

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Happy, Sad and Satisfied is the very nice second album by Swiss-born and New York-based singer Beat Kaestli, who boasts a pleasant tenor voice, impeccable diction and pitch, and a real rhythmic flair.

His arrangements are also very impressive. “Summertime" is presented starkly, with with only congas and Fender Rhodes accompaniment. Starting very slowly, ...

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Sarah DeLeo: The Nearness of You

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Sarah DeLeo, a young New York-based singer, conjures up images of Peggy Lee and the elegant supper club years of the 1950s and 1960s. I was particularly impressed with the tune selection and arrangements on her debut, The Nearness of You. She begins the album with a bossa nova version of “If I Had You" that ...

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Ismael Reinhardt: Gypsy Swing

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Gypsy Swing is a thoroughly delightful album that features the violin and guitar virtuosity of Ismael Reinhardt, a relative of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Building on the legacy of Django and Stephane Grappelli's Le Quintette du Hot Club de France, Ismael Reinhardt takes the basic structure of gypsy jazz (or jazz manouche) and embellishes it with ...

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Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet: Beneath Your Surface

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Austrian-born but New York-based Elisabeth Lohninger is a first rate singer and talented composer. Backed by a superb rhythm section, Lohninger delivers impressive performances on Beneath Your Surface. Singing in English, French, and German, Lohninger displays an extraordinary stylistic fluency and versatility.

Lohninger herself composed most of the songs. I was particularly impressed with ...

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Danny Barrett: Indian Summer

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If there was justice in the world, Danny Barrett would be a household name and Mick Jagger would be a short-order cook at a fish-and-chips joint in Manchester. Such is not the case, so we must be content with the recorded glory of Barrett's voice.

Danny Barrett is a true crooner in the best ...