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Paprika Soul: Paprika Soul

Read "Paprika Soul" reviewed by Dave Hughes

On their eponymous debut, Paprika Soul, a new UK-based band, seeks to rekindle the fiery, soulful grooves of the seventies’ soul-jazz greats such as Jack McDuff, Grant Green, and Lou Donaldson, while updating them with today’s production resources.

The disc gets off to a great start with an accurate cover of Seawind’s late-seventies hit “He Loves ...

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Four80East: Nocturnal

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Four80East a “group name" for the duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, who composed, mixed, and produced the CD and played the majority of the instruments; an occasional trumpet, tenor sax, or flute makes a cameo appearance. So predictably, it's a highly programmed affair, but as such it's a very likable effort. There's a lot ...

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Four80East: Nocturnal

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Rather addictive, this. Nocturnal hits so many pleasure points that the listener feels as if mind and body have been opened up. If that sounds psychedelic, so be it: The range of ideas brought to the creative table here starts with Funk and Smooth Jazz, and extends to the trippier complexities of Dub, Minimalist Trance, and ...

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Brian Hughes: Shakin' Not Stirred

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The marketing hype that accompanies the latest release from Canadian guitarist Brian Hughes,Shakin' Not Stirred, attempts to position this CD as "a fond look back at upon the cool jazz and spicy Latin music of the late 60s and early 70s" with a "jazz club atmosphere." Hughes cites Stanley Turrentine'sSalt Songalbum and Freddie Hubbard'sRed ...

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Various Artists: Jazz a Saint Germain

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Jazz A Saint-Germain is designed to evoke the Bohemian atmosphere of Paris during the German occupation. A series of vocalists (including Angelique Kidjo, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dee Dee's daughter China, Deborah Harry, and many more) turn in a series of highly original takes on standard English and French fare; most achieve a smoky, highly-charged feel, but ...

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Craig Chaquico: Once in a Blue Universe

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Former Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico is one of the most successful and reliable of the crop of rock musicians who have recently switched genres into contemporary jazz. His fourth CD, Once in a Blue Universe continues to broaden his jazz horizons while providing some very satisfying and distinctive music. Fans of Craig's first two albums ...