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Kasper Villaume Quartet: #2

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On #2, the Kasper Villaume Quartet stretches out on original tunes and offers fresh takes on standards. The leader, on piano, steers the band through a thoroughly enjoyable program that begins with the sprightly “Bubbles. Tenor saxophonist Lars Moller has a steely, modern tone; bassist Jesper Bodilsen lays down a solid and resonant foundation; and drummer ...

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The Marvin Stamm/Ed Soph Project: Live at Birdland

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There's often a vibe in live performance that isn't easily captured in the studio, especially when the musicians are highly accomplished jazz veterans performing before an appreciative audience. Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and drummer Ed Soph co-lead this wonderful band, recorded live at Birdland in New York City. Bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Bill Mays complete the ...

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Andrew Hill Jazzpar Octet + 1: The Day the World Stood Still

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Every year the Danish Jazzpar Prize is awarded to a jazz musician selected by the Jazzpar Committee, and a series of concerts is produced to celebrate and showcase the artist. In 2003, Andrew Hill was selected for the award. Stunt Records, a Danish label, has issued a selection of these live performances at venues in Denmark ...

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Victor Lewis: EEEYYESS!

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Victor Lewis is one of today’s finest drummers. His talents were recognized early on as he performed with some of the greatest players. Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, and Stan Getz have all taken advantage of his skills. He also co-led the band Horizon with Bobby Watson, one of the finest working bands in the past decade. ...

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Eddie Harris Quartet: Freedom Jazz Dance

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This was one of the legendary tenor saxophonist’s final recording sessions before his death on November 5, 1996. Recorded in 1994 with a marvelous quartet, Freedom Jazz Dance is a portrait of a musical titan with his creative muse in full bloom. His immediately recognizable sound is beautifully showcased on this disc.

The title tune is ...

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Will Bernard 4-tet: Medicine Hat

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On Medicine Hat, their first release, the Will Bernard 4-tet came to groove. The disc kicks off with “Close Shave (Pt. 1)," a James Brown inspired romp that introduces these fine San Francisco-based players. Will Bernard is a hot guitarist who was heard with T. J. Kirk, which included the now well-known Charlie Hunter and drummer ...

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Wallace Roney: Village

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There are many rewards awaiting listeners in the latest offering from trumpeter Wallace Roney. There’s the controlled fire of Mr. Roney’s trumpet lines, the equally hot playing of wife, Geri Allen, on piano and brother, Antoine Roney, on tenor saxophone, and the rare treat of hearing Lenny White’s amazing drum work. Add inspired guest spots from ...

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Ralph Peterson Fo'tet: The Fo'tet Plays Monk

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The music of Thelonious Monk has influenced the entire spectrum of modern jazz. Tributes to Monk's music have been recorded by a wide variety of artists, from vocalist Carmen McRae to saxophonist Steve Lacy and musical auteur Hal Wilner. The rather unique line-up of the Ralph Peterson Fo'tet (drums/sax/vibraphone/bass) is refreshing on this program of Monk ...

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Marc Cary: Listen

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Marc Cary's credentials are impressive. He has been in the bands of Arthur Taylor, Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove and currently is a member of Abbey Lincoln's group. One would expect good things from a musician who has been called upon by these greats and all expectations are met on this fine release.

From the opening notes ...

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Francois Carrier Trio: Intuition

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Intuition is the second release from the Francois Carrier Trio. They perform frequently in Quebec City and it’s a treat to be able to hear these outstanding Canadian musicians. Mr. Carrier plays impassioned alto saxophone in a program of deeply emotional and spontaneous incantations. His band mates (Pierre Cote, bass, and Francois Cote, drums) provide intuitive ...