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Etta James: Blue Gardenia

Read "Blue Gardenia" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Etta James has been one of the foremost R & B and blues singer this country has produced. She has also demonstrated on many occasions that she can easily bring her hard charging style successfully to standards and traditional pop tunes, especially those to which she readily adapts her special singing style. Over the years, the ...

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Phil Perry: One Heart One Love

Read "One Heart One Love" reviewed by Dave Hughes



Phil Perry has spent much of his career amassing a long list of credits as a background singer or a "sideman" vocalist (extensive work with Lee Ritenour, for example). He's released albums under his own name before, but hasn't quite made it into the "household name" category. His latest offering,One Heart One Love, should ...

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Taj Mahal: Blue Light Boogie

Read "Blue Light Boogie" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Blue Light Boogie combines songs Taj Mahal recorded for various multi-artist tribute albums along with some cuts lifted from the bluesman’s ‘90s releases on Private Music. The latter are hardly the best selections Taj recorded for his label, they do demonstrate the eclectic talents and considerable soul of one of America’s best blues talents. Blue Light ...

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Toots Thielmans: Chez Toots

Read "Chez Toots" reviewed by John Sharpe

The harmonica is not a popular jazz instrument and since the mid-50's Toots Thielmans has been regarded as “a very big fish in a very small pond." Chez Toots stands as his tribute to the songs and sounds of the city of Paris. Toots invited some special guest vocalists to join the rhythm section of Bert ...

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Toots Thielemans: Chez Toots

Read "Chez Toots" reviewed by Jim Santella

The harmonica can send a lyrical message as well as any singer can, if it's played right. Toots Thielemans has been sending out the right message for over 40 years. But it's his earliest years, growing up in his native Belgium, that the harmonica master reflects upon by constructing this album of torch songs with French ...

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Kenny Rankin: Here in My Heart

Read "Here in My Heart" reviewed by Dave Hughes

It seems like every jazz artist (and even some pseudo-jazz artists) is destined to record at least one Brasilian music album during their career. Here's singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin's entry into this well-trodden field.

Everything about this disc looks like it should be great. There's a remarkable cast of players from both Americas. From Brasil, we have ...