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Marilyn Scott: Handpicked

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On the heels of her excellent and most jazz-induced 2004 release, Nightcap, Marilyn Scott takes a step back and gives her growing group of fans a remarkable overview of her projection with a set of songs from her ten-year career. The queen of hazel-eyed soul leaves us with an entertaining sampler of her singing, interpretation and ...

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Harold Land: Take Aim

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Originally recorded in 1960 for Blue Note but not released until 1980, Take Aim, like Harold Land himself, has undeservedly fallen through the cracks. Most famous for his association with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach quintet of the '50s, Land is another unheralded West Coast giant who made a name for himself out here in California, but ...

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Kyle Eastwood: Paris Blue

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At last! A recording firmly planted in the jazz tradition of Charles Mingus, but updated and as fresh as this morning's brew. Bassist Kyle Eastwood has brought together a collection of (mostly) original compositions and mixed them with programmed or hip-hop rhythms underneath a mainstream horn section to create an accessible yet challenging listen.

On the ...

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The Mort Weiss Quartet: The Four of Us: Live at Steamers

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Piano-less bands always grab my attention because the lightness and roominess of the music pull me in. This group, featuring 69 year-old Mort Weiss on clarinet and Ron Eschete on seven-string guitar, is quite reminiscent of the classic Paul Desmond quartet. Both lead voices have a cool and dry tone, with only minor influences by Charlie ...

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Charles Tolliver: Mosaic Select

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Charles Tolliver, who along with Woody Shaw was arguably the last of the trumpet vanguard that defined the instrument's modern approach, often took the road less traveled, forming his own label, Strata-East Records, in the late '60s. This three-CD Mosaic Select release captures Tolliver (along with his familiar musical colleague, pianist Stanley Cowell) in two concert ...

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The Jazz Crusaders: The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

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If songs like “Scratch" come to mind when you think of the Jazz Crusaders, you are in for a real treat with this six-CD set. Originally including “jazz" in their moniker, Wayne Henderson (trombone), Wilton Felder (tenor), Joe Sample (piano) and Stix Hooper (drums) put together a collection of studio recordings that offers a pleasant surprise ...

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Tim Coffman: Crossroads

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Tim Coffman's sophomore release provides a fine exhibition of how lyrical and soothing a trombone can actually be. Basing his music firmly in the hard bop of the early '60s Jazz Messengers, Coffman and his sextet crisply glide and breeze through a set of hard-driving jazz compositions.

On Wayne Shorter's “Yes or No," and Coffman's title ...

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Mark Bransfield: Night Time

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At last, a young, male singer not transfixed by the Rat Pack! Mark Bransfield's voice on Night Time is an immediate lure: a perfect amalgam of Lester Young's feathery lightness and Mel Torme's velvety fog. His vibrato-less tone and relaxed, ever-so-lightly behind the beat phrasing is an inspiring setting for this creative mix of standards and ...

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Stan Kenton/The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra: New Horizons Vol. 1 & 2

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Stan Kenton/The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra
New Horizons, Volumes 1 & 2
Tantara Productions
2005

Looking back on Stan Kenton, it's important to keep his bands in perspective. In '65, when these concerts were recorded, there just wasn't anything happening in big bands. Ellington was coasting, Basie was doing Beatles ...

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Sonny Rollins: Without a Song (The 9/11 Concert)

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Where were you on 9/11? Sonny Rollins was in his New York apartment, six blocks away from the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by his wife to honor his commitment to perform, he delivered a magnificent and audibly moving concert at the Berklee Performing Arts Center four days later. Without a Song ...