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Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

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Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017--Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.

Keyboard player Guillaume “Gee" Méténier, ...

Camille Thurman: Inside The Moment

Read "Inside The Moment" reviewed by James Nadal

As a first call saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman has appeared as guest accompanist on so many albums and performances by acclaimed artists, it's hard to imagine where she found the time for Inside The Moment . Having released both Origins and Spirit Child back to back in 2014, and as the recipient of prestigious awards ...

Guitars on Three Continents

Read "Guitars on Three Continents" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Gonzalo Esteybar
One Look
River Flow Records
2017

Even when you can glean a lot from a first glance, it still usually means just scratching the surface. Gonzalo Esteybar knows his way around the instrument enough to have studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle and repeatedly toured with its ...

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 23-26, 2017

Amongst the most significant challenges that face any festival is, as the gray and no-hair crowd continues to age, finding ways to cultivate and grow a younger audience. But when you're a Canadian festival, another major challenge is a simple fiscal fact: most ...

Mike Levine: Star Gazing

Read "Star Gazing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist and keyboardist Mike Levine unveils his third solo project Star Gazing providing another laid back, Smooth- styled gem of a recording containing a little of everything, from the obvious relaxing mellow melodies, to some swinging sizzling funky material. An artist who has performed with some of the finest musicians on the planet, during his long-distinguished ...

Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording

Read "Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in New York: The Complete NPR Jazz Alive! Recording" reviewed by John Kelman

These days, there's a plethora of recordings, originally made for radio or television broadcast, being released by labels ranging from thoroughly legit to highly suspect. In some instances, these are real archival finds; true gold, mined from hours of hours of recordings, lovingly restored and packaged. In other cases they're clearly nothing but money grabs. Capitalizing ...

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)

Read "Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In his superb contribution to Bloomsbury Press' 33 & 1/3 series, Bitches Brew (2015), George Grella notes (emphasis mine):

“No style of art can remain static: irrelevance is just as much a risk as the inevitable decadence that comes from a style developing to its last measure. But fans, including critics, of particular movements ...

Matt Chandler: Astrometrics

Read "Astrometrics" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The concept of the organ trio in jazz is well-established and often provides a dynamism that even some big bands struggle to manifest. Happily this is one such trio album. Dispensing with the pedantic formalities first, the quirky title of this album is actually an anagram derived from the first names of each of the band ...

Sam Kirmayer: Opening Statement

Read "Opening Statement" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever a group of young musicians (in this case a guitar-led quartet from Montreal) makes its recording debut, a number of questions quickly arise. First and foremost, can they play? Check. Do they swing? Check. Is the music bright and refreshing? Check. Are they sharp and enthusiastic? Check. Do they blend well as a team? Check ...

Mark Whitfield: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since his first album as a leader in 1990, guitarist Mark Whitfield has been simultaneously pulled in two directions. Early on, many dubbed him the heir-apparent to George Benson, and on his first several records he offered plenty of evidence to support this assessment with his smooth, laid-back sound and the pop/R&B influences that he readily ...


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