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Content by tag "Independent Records"

Brian Auger: Language of the Heart

Read "Language of the Heart" reviewed by Doug Collette

All the devout Brian Auger fan needs to know about Language of the Heart is that it overflows with the immediately recognizable tones of the British fusion pioneer's Hammond-B3 organ and Fender Rhodes electric piano. All the uninitiated needs to know is that this album favorably compares with the work Auger produced during the heyday of ...

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Claude Pauly: Mind Meets Matter

Read "Mind Meets Matter" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Legions of saxophonists were mesmerized by the sound of Lester Young and Charlie Parker and to this day, John Coltrane; for trumpeters, Miles Davis continues to ensnare many, and for fusion guitarists John McLaughlin and Allan Holdsworth continue to fascinate. As a bright light does moths, they are sucked in, and if not careful, their own ...

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Claude Pauly: Mind Meets Matter

Read "Mind Meets Matter" reviewed by John Kelman

What do you get when you combine the heavy metal bebop lines of Scott Henderson, the inestimable chops of Frank Gambale, the close harmonic voicings of Allan Holdsworth, the occasional rough edges of John McLaughlin and a tinge of Latin affect? Guitarist Claude Pauly, on his debut, Mind Meets Matter, comes close to answering that question, ...

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L: Absence

Read "Absence" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Jazz and classical music have been merged before with different consequences. Happily, this venture rises above the mundane and the obvious. The architects of this edifice are László Süle and Pentti Lahti, both residents of Finland. The former is the jazz personality; the latter prefers calling himself a folk musician. The dynamics most certainly bring depth ...

Michael Blake: Blake Tartare

Read "Blake Tartare" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Saxophonist/composer Michael Blake has led an array of unique projects. His latest CD, Blake Tartare, finds him fronting a quartet with young Danish improvisers Soren Kjaergaard on Fender Rhodes and piano, Jonas Westergaard on bass, and Kresten Osgood on drums. The small group pushes Blake’s horn to the forefront, while the sparse arrangements have a fluidity ...

Fernando Holz: Minh' Alma Nua

Read "Minh' Alma Nua" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Brazilian music has created a welcome niche in jazz, the bossa and the samba giving the music a uniquely sensuous and vibrant rhythm. The beat goes on with Fernando Holz, and though he is more attuned to pop, he works the genre with a convincing passion.

Holz is a singer who delves into ...

Fernando Holz: Minh' Alma Nua (My Nude Soul)

Read "Minh' Alma Nua (My Nude Soul)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The phrase “smooth as silk" comes to mind on an initial listen to Brazilian-Bostonian Fernando Holz's Minh' Alma Nua (My Nude Soul). His vocal style, like that of fellow countryman Milton Nascimento, flows like a cool stream of crystalline water in front of an always crisp rhythm section, augmented by the lush harmonics of a string ...

Jay Lou: Spellings

Read "Spellings" reviewed by Fred Edmonds

Spellings, the Afro-jazz renewal.

Jay Lou's opus is a ride in the heart of good music, the kind we expect from a contemporary African artist: mature, smooth, harmonious and delicately mixed. This album is original in that it uses a guitar lead on African rhythms, which is seldom the case. The guitar, moving ...

The Dan Thomas Quintet: City Scope

Read "City Scope" reviewed by Jack Bowers

City Scope is the debut album as leader for Dan Thomas, a Canadian-born saxophonist who now lives in Kansas City, MO. His talents as player and composer are lavishly praised in the liner notes by friend and colleague Bobby Watson, whose influence is readily apparent in Thomas’s music, especially in his approach to the alto sax, ...

Rob Reid: The Beaches Sessions

Read "The Beaches Sessions" reviewed by Stephen Richardson

Rob Reid makes his instrumental guitar debut with the introspective The Beaches Sessions. Reid's guitar work has previous been associated with Pierre Chaisson's Riverside and Cape Breton Gospel w/ Pierre Chaisson of Grace Unlimited Music. The setting found Reid serving up a platter jazzy/rock inflected guitar lines just like fresh hot cakes. Always the searching soul, ...


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