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Mark Weinstein: Con Alma

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Mark Weinstein's Con Alma is a delightful collection of Latin styled tunes featuring the light and refreshing sound of jazz flute. From bassist Santi Debriano”s opening “Santi's Africaleidescope" through to the closing standard “Stella by Starlight," the combo creates a constantly catchy Latin groove, establishing a foundation for the light flittering sounds of Weinstein's flute. Although ...

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Tain & the Ebonix: Folk's Songs

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Folk's Songs, led by drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts and his group Tain and the Ebonix, comprises ten compositions, including seven Watts originals all dedicated to various folks. The tunes not composed by Watts are by pianists Keith Jarrett ("Rotation and “Rotation II ) and the late Kenny Kirkland ("Blasphemy ). Specific tune dedications range from other ...

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Wayne Escoffery: Veneration: Live At Smoke

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As the title implies, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery's Veneration is a recording that pays tribute to the art of modern jazz. Recorded live at the Smoke night club in New York City, it perhaps captures the essence of jazz more authentically as a performance art. That is, music created in the moment, freshly honed in the presence ...

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Sons of Armegeddon: The Softest Touch

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Defying distinct categorization, The Softest Touch, the newest release by the Denver-based Sons of Armageddon, combines a dense layering of electronic, electro-acoustic, electronically altered, and “live acoustic sounds in an artistically compelling musical patchwork. Upon an initial listen you may dismiss it as just another “paint by numbers electronica recording. Subsequent spins will raise it above ...

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The Rob Levit Trio: Uncertain Path

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Rob Levit is a talented Annapolis, Maryland based guitarist and composer. His trio recording Uncertain Path is a collection of ten original compositions and three arrangements of tunes by Sting, Bob Marley and Wayne Shorter.

Levit's compositions represent a varied cross section of styles and creative inventiveness that keeps the listener's ear hooked. The opening tune, ...

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Congressional Roll Call: Congressional Roll Call

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Congressional Roll Call is a jazz sextet led by musician and educator Scott Reeves. Reeves, who is on the faculty of the State College of New York, CUNY and the Julliard School, is also the author of books on jazz improvisation. As a composer Reeves penned five of the nine pieces on the recording. The CD ...

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Jon Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentlemen: Pin Your Spin

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If you like big thick slabs of funk with fat backbeats, heavy bass lines and a strong dose of the blues, then you will find much to like on John Cleary's CD Pin Your Spin. New Orleans-based John Cleary And The Absolute Monster Gentlemen rock on with sounds that bring to mind 1970s keyboards of Billy ...

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Amy Lee: Use Me

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With Use Me, Decatur, Georgia-based multi instrumentalist Amy Lee presents a collection of ten tunes that further solidify a connection between contemporary “light" jazz and R&B/soul/funk. Her new recording has all of the hallmarks that identify her music with the popular jazz style--very precise production with multiple layers of electronically and acoustically generated sounds; tight, funky ...

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Leah Kline: Playground

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Leah Kline's debut CD certainly is a Playground of fresh and creative new ideas that just simply add up to a lot of fun for the listener. Someone would have to be hard pressed to not like this recording by the Amsterdam-based Kline and her supporting group of Los Angeles-based jazz musicians. What they have assembled ...

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Sony Holland: On A San Francisco High

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On A San Francisco High
Sony Holland
Van Ness Records
2004

Although this listener has left his heart in San Francisco more than once or twice, Sony Holland's newest release On A San Francisco High certainly provides the romantic impetus to again return. Songs on her CD offer a virtual ...