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Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

It's unclear why Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker wasn't released by Blue Note until 1999, despite being recorded in 1963. The album is flawless as far as I can tell. It swings, it's engaging, the musicians on the session were spectacular and there don't appear to be any instrumental errors or microphone snafus. If I were guessing, I'd ...

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Sonny Simmons - Michael Marcus - William Parker - Jay Rosen: The Cosmosamatics

Read "The Cosmosamatics" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

“Boxholder Records” infers that this inaugural outing represents a proposed ongoing collaboration between the somewhat legendary multi-reedman, Sonny Simmons, and the increasingly important saxophonist/flutist, Michael Marcus. Coupled with the fact that bassist, William Parker and drummer, Jay Rosen anchor down the rhythms, the implications are that of a modern jazz/improvising super-group!

The soloists’ launch the proceedings ...

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Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band: Milagro's Journey

Read "Milagro's Journey" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Sea Breeze Jazz continues to be the major recorder of contemporary big band music. It's reputation for providing a venue for the best that's out there is in no way hurt by the 4th album of the San Francisco-based Jazz Garden Big Band under the leadership of Dave Eshelman. This particular release is dedicated to the ...

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Dave Pike: Peligroso

Read "Peligroso" reviewed by Jim Santella

Melody maker Dave Pike digs deeply into every one of his projects. Totally absorbed by the rhythms and searing passion, he moves from vibraphone to marimba and back, directing his mallets as if they were marionettes skipping through the park. Centered on his instantly-familiar melodies, this “dangerous” album places Pike at center stage with Latin jazz ...

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Dave McKenna: Dave "Fingers" McKenna

Read "Dave "Fingers" McKenna" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Dave McKenna fills more than five pages in Tom Lord's Jazz Discography and those are just his albums as a leader excluding the scores of albums he has been on as a sideman. Although dubbed by many as one of jazz piano's legends, McKenna dismisses it all by saying that he is just a saloon player. ...

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Dave Bryant: The Eternal Hang

Read "The Eternal Hang" reviewed by Robert Spencer

George Garzone? George Garzone ? Ladies and gentleman, I have reviewed a good number of discs featuring this ubiquitous reedman lately, and virtually every one of them contained impeccably-played hard bop. Letter perfect, engaging, expertly done. When this disc arrived featuring Garzone with Ornetteian keyboardist Dave Bryant, I thought it might herald a slight departure, as ...

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Dave Valentin: Sunshower

Read "Sunshower" reviewed by Jim Santella

New York flutist Dave Valentin gigged as a teenager on congas before studying with Hubert Laws and taking his flute talents seriously. Today he’s musical director for Tito Puente and firmly rooted in the Latin jazz tradition.

Valentin’s latest album crosses a variety of styles, from the modern mainstream spark of “Space Cadet" to the smooth ...

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Dave Valentin: Sunshower

Read "Sunshower" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Flautist Dave Valentin is fast becoming as ubiquitous a player as his former teacher, Hubert Laws, used to be. Indeed, Valentin has become the flautist of choice on a great quantity of recent Latin jazz recordings by such varied artists as McCoy Tyner, Tito Puente, Elaine Elias and Dave Samuels. Not as distinctive as Laws (nor ...

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Dave Brubeck: The 40th Anniversary Tour of The U.K.

Read "The 40th Anniversary Tour of The U.K." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Deliberate. In listening to Dave Brubeck for the past 20 years, I would define his performance as deliberate. Brubeck’s playing is always well thought out and delivered. This current disc makes no break from this summation. Mr. Brubeck swings with a effortless ease that barely betrays Brubeck’s careful craftsmanship. The 40th Anniversary Tour of The U.K. ...

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Sonny Phillips: My Black Flower

Read "My Black Flower" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Organist and pianist Sonny Phillips kept a rather low profile during his two decades in jazz. Born and raised in Alabama in 1936, Phillips headed to Chicago's DePaul University as a teen to pursue a career in education. At 20, he began studying privately with pianist Ahmad Jamal and started playing his own gigs in Chicago. ...