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Sade: The Ultimate Collection

Read "The Ultimate Collection" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Did the world really need a new Sade “best of" album? Possibly, since it has been 17 years two albums of new material since The Best of Sade (Epic,1994). The timing of The Ultimate Collection is in no small part related to the fact Sade is off on her first world tour in a decade; since ...

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Sade: Soldier of Love

Read "Soldier of Love" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The best thing about Sade Adu is also the worst thing about Sade Adu: her near fanatical commitment to consistency. There's no difference between vintage Sade and contemporary Sade. She's the antithesis of the snowfall cliché: with Sade you always know exactly what you're going to get.

Soldier of Love is Sade's first album in ...

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Horace Silver: Silver's Blue

Read "Silver's Blue" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Horace Silver has always been an effective, if limited, catch-phrase soloist, an exemplary hard bop accompanist, and a brilliant miniaturist as a composer, contributing pieces that continue to surface and surprise with their inventive, irresistible melodies and inviting harmonic progressions. Unfortunately, the popular and critical success Silver realized with 1964's Song for My Father led to ...

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Horace Silver: Silver's Blue

Read "Silver's Blue" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded in July of 1956, Silver's Blue expresses the true meaning of the blues. Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, and Joe Gordon “sing out" with a spirit true to the form as pianist Horace Silver sculpts Jazz Messenger empathy from his quintets.

Half of the session comes from the leader's composing pen, “Hank's Tune" comes ...

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Jane Monheit: The Season

Read "The Season" reviewed by Jim Santella

It's that time of the year: time to enjoy our favorite Christmas songs and other traditional holiday songs that have left their imprint. Jane Monheit brings us these and much more with her holiday album, also including a few surprises along with the usual fare.

Her warm voice gives the album a cozy feeling. ...

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Kaki King: Legs to Make Us Longer

Read "Legs to Make Us Longer" reviewed by Andrew Durkin

Kaki King plays the drums. Oh, I know, on the inside sleeve of her latest CD, Legs to Make Us Longer, she quietly lists her instrument as “guitar." And stumbling unawares into the preamble of one of her live shows, you might reasonably assume (before you hear anything) that you're about to get an evening of ...

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Jeff Beck: Jeff

Read "Jeff" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ever since his days with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck has positioned himself as an experimentalist with the electric guitar. Through his pioneering days as a heavy rocker ( Truth, Beck-Ola ) as well as his groundbreaking fusion efforts ( Blow by Blow, Wired ), the iconoclastic Brit has displayed almost a tangible hunger to find new ...

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Esther Phillips: What A Diff

Read "What A Diff" reviewed by Jim Santella

Originally released in 1975, Esther Phillips’ disco album features her soulful delivery and passionate feel for the blues. This came toward the end of her career, during the singer’s second major comeback.

She always had her finger on the pulse of the listening public. Little Esther had started climbing the stairway to stardom ...

Various Artists: CTI: The Master Collection

Read "CTI: The Master Collection" reviewed by Jim Santella

More reissues from the CTI catalog are due out next month, and this 2-CD overview gives one a pretty good idea of what's going on. Saucy and hip, Creed Taylor's label provided many adventures over the years. The 1970s were undeniably different. Hairstyles, hemlines and sparkling wardrobe colors combined with new electronic keyboards, guitars and basses ...

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Idris Muhammad: Power Of Soul

Read "Power Of Soul" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

“Epic Records” is in the process of reissuing sixteen titles from the popular 70’s contemporary jazz label, “CTI.” Formed by produced Creed Taylor, this label may have been the forerunner for what now is coined, “smooth or contemporary jazz.” Hence, many of the recordings by artists such as pianist, Bob James, flutist, Hubert Laws, and others, ...