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Funk Jazz: '60s-'70s

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Somewhere between the soul-jazz of the early sixties (often called “funk" in its day) and the disco of the mid-seventies, funk jazz was born. Rock was already crossing over into jazz. And it just made sense that rock would inject soul jazz with a greater sense of urgency and a stronger feel for the groove.

Lee Jones: Songs From The 13th Hour

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This enjoyable and engaging album--guitarist Lee Jones's second as a leader--aims to throw some much-needed wrinkles in to the smoothness of so much contemporary jazz. That's not really newsworthy, of course, but hardly anyone thus far has succeeded in doing it so successfully.

While so many of today's new breed of jazz guitarists are ...

Jamie Ruben: Groove-O-Ly-O-Scene

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The musical path of Canadian guitarist Jamie Ruben is surely the story of the road less traveled. Rather than gigging regularly in some urban jazz hotbed, the Toronto-based guitarist made his living for seven years performing jazz full time in the Far East in such places as Katmandu, Bangkok, Shanghai and the even more remote regions ...

Philipp van Endert Trio: Rosebud

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Cinema has long since rendered the word “rosebud" as something elusive and enigmatic, that cannot possibly sum up what others want it to. From the moment that Orson Welles whispers the word in the 1941 film Citizen Kane, a mysterious journey of the purely unknowable is embarked upon. But what a journey.

With Rosebud, ...

Peter Scharli Trio featuring Ithamara Koorax: O Grande Amor

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In their second recording together, Swiss trumpeter Peter Schärli and Brazilian singer Ithamara Koorax have come up with a beautiful reflection on Brazilian music that goes far above and beyond expectation.

Schärli, whose attractive sound and complimentary interjections suggest the influence of Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, and Koorax were first brought together in 2006 ...

Lajos Dudas: 50 Years With Jazzclarinet - The Best Of Lajos Dudas

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Lajos Dudas

50 Years With Jazzclarinet: The Best Of Lajos Dudas

Jazz Sick Records

2011

The clarinet is one of the most important instruments in the foundation of jazz. But it lost its luster after Benny Goodman fell out of popularity in the 1950s. After 1960, the few of the ...

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Gabor Szabo

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Guitarist Gabor Szabo (1936-82) made a big noise in the early 1960s as part of Chico Hamilton's quintet. Szabo, who had one of the most unique sounds in jazz, later went on to play in Charles Lloyd's first quartet and as part of Gary McFarland's group before making a splash on his own. He became especially ...

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Essential CTI: Part 3

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Founded by legendary producer Creed Taylor in 1970, CTI Records achieved a legacy that is unrivaled in jazz. CTI produced records that were not only commercially successful but many that were superbly and artistically satisfying. Some of them are immortal. This is the third of ...

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Essential CTI: Part 2

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Founded by legendary producer Creed Taylor in 1970, CTI Records achieved a legacy that is unrivaled in jazz. CTI produced records that were not only commercially successful but many that were superbly and artistically satisfying. Some of them are immortal. This is the second of ...

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Essential CTI: Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Founded by legendary producer Creed Taylor in 1970, CTI Records achieved a legacy that is unrivaled in jazz. CTI produced records that were not only commercially successful but many that were superbly and artistically satisfying. Some of them are immortal. This is the first of ...