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Camille Thurman: Inside The Moment

Read "Inside The Moment" reviewed by James Nadal

As a first call saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman has appeared as guest accompanist on so many albums and performances by acclaimed artists, it's hard to imagine where she found the time for Inside The Moment . Having released both Origins and Spirit Child back to back in 2014, and as the recipient of prestigious awards ...

Shelly Berg and David Finck: The Deep

Read "The Deep" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

So it happens that pianist Shelly Berg and bassist David Finck were hired by Chesky Records to play on a Livingston Taylor album. After they finished that session, with the high-end audiophile equipment still in place, David Chesky suggested the two stay and make a duo album themselves. And so they did, virtually on the spot. ...

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Macy Gray: Stripped

Read "Stripped" reviewed by James Nadal

It should come as no surprise that vocalist Macy Gray would make a jazz record. Renowned for her platinum trajectory in popular music, Gray always exhibited inherent jazz and blues inclinations in her vocal style and personal demeanor. Stripped is her debut on Chesky Records, recorded in a live setting with their singular binaural microphone technique, ...

Meet Sal Capozucca

Read "Meet Sal Capozucca" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

He came, he saw, he took a picture! Our first Super Fan, 94-year-old Sal Capozucca, has been going out to hear live jazz for more than 80 years, ever since getting hooked by a Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa concert in 1937. You name 'em, he saw 'em--Pops, Bird, Billie, Miles, Coltrane--and he doesn't plan to ...

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Xiomara Laugart: Tears And Rumba

Read "Tears And Rumba" reviewed by James Nadal

Despite over fifty years of political turmoil leading to a ludicrous embargo, the music of Cuba has thrived and is as vibrant as ever. Though many premier Cuban artists have gone into cultural exile in America and abroad, they continue to seek inspiration from and expand upon the music of their homeland, continually performing it around ...

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Dave Liebman: Ceremony

Read "Ceremony" reviewed by James Nadal

The most distinguished characteristic of Afro-Caribbean music--as well as its greatest contribution to the jazz idiom--has been the drums. If we take this one step further, the Afro-Cuban tradition of drumming has had the highest degree of influence, and has been readily identifiable, since the Latin dance crazes of the mid twentieth century brought these diverse ...

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Dave Liebman: Ceremony

Read "Ceremony" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This exciting new album returns to the haunting evocative beauty of the origins of jazz rhythms but has a contemporary feeling infused into it by very sophisticated players of contemporary jazz and Latin music who give the album a special shine. While jazz matured within an eclectic mix of American music ranging from marching bands to ...

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Beat Kaestli: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

First, there is the name: Beat Kaestli. How hip is that? A native of Switzerland, Kaestli moved to New York, where he was suitably educated in the craft of jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, and ultimately, the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Kaestli has a voice of uncommon sweetness and delicacy ...

Beat Kaestli: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Great American Songbook is something of a repertoire Bible for jazz vocalists, regardless of whether or not they originally hail from America. Vocalist Beat Kaestli was born in Switzerland, but he made New York his home after arriving to attend the Manhattan School of Music in the early 1990s. Since that time, his music has ...

David Hazeltine Trio: The Jobim Songbook in New York

Read "The Jobim Songbook in New York" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On this project, pianist David Hazeltine takes on the music of the late Jobim (who would have turned eighty in 2007) by looking at the music from an American point of view, without the typical bossa nova elements. Most of the music presented here is well-known, from “The Girl from Ipanema to “Quiet Nights of Quiet ...