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The Adam Larson Band: Listen With Your Eyes

Read "Listen With Your Eyes" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Adam Larson may hail initially from Normal (Illinois), but there is absolutely nothing typical or average, in terms of style or ability, about the now-Kansas-City-based saxophonist. He has gathered a trio with comparable strengths and, behind his towering tenor, they create a showcase of prime progressive jazz.

The ride begins with “Sleepers," a shape-shifting ...

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Kaveh Rastegar: Light of Love

Read "Light of Love" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Chi ha amato l'approccio del gruppo nel quale ha suonato il basso elettrico fino a qualche mese fa, i Kneebody, non potrà che apprezzare la musica che l'album di Kaveh Rastegar ha racchiuso in Light of Love, opera dai profili poco definiti ma nella quale lo strumento a corde del musicista classe 1975 (alle spalle una ...

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Adam Meckler: Magnificent Madness

Read "Magnificent Madness" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non so se Minneapolis è considerata “provincia" nel vasto territorio statunitense (nel campo del jazz certamente si, rispetto ai poli storici di New York, Los Angeles e Chicago) ma spesso dalla provincia giungono alte prove di creatività. Il trombettista, educatore e bandleader Adam Meckler deve ancora trovare ampi riconoscimenti ma il suo debutto orchestrale del 2014 ...

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Mike Clark: Indigo Blue Live at the Iridium

Read "Indigo Blue Live at the Iridium" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Mike Clark has basically spent the entire seven decades of his life keeping the beat, including over fifty years of drumming with the best musicians in the business. Thus it should be no surprise that this project features a quintet that measures up to damn near anybody.

Many aficionados share the opinion that live ...

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David Sanchez: Carib

Read "Carib" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Puerto Rican Saxophonist David Sanchez belongs to the most prolific jazz musicians of the past twenty to thirty years. Not that the quality of his output suffers from the frequency of publications. Beyond his own highly praised recordings, he is recognized for his contributions to groups led by the likes of Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny and ...

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Vivian Sessoms: Life II

Read "Life II" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sliding doors. È consistente il numero di cantanti afroamericane che spaziano con disinvoltura tra i vari ambiti e stili della black music, giungendo fino al pop. I risultati sono anche elevati, come dimostra questo disco, ma resta il sospetto di un impegno programmato per adeguarsi alla volatilità del mercato.

In molto pubblico attuale, ...

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Jared Pauley: On Capitol Street

Read "On Capitol Street" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hailing from Charleston, West Virginia, but now resident in NYC, Jared Pauley's first musical experiments were with the guitar but he abandoned this in favor of piano as a teenager. His influences include Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Chick Corea and his first purchased albums were Miles Davis' Milestones (Columbia, 1958), Herbie Hancock's Headhunters (Columbia, 1973) ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It's rare to see Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's name without some derivation of “architect" affixed to it. It's appropriate. The New Orleans trumpeter and composer—like his peers Kamasi Washington and Ambrose Akinmusire—is part of a wave of jazz musicians determined to keep the genre's momentum moving forward. Adjuah's Ancestral Recall seeks to dismiss notions of identity-based ...

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Michael Whalen: Fire Brigade

Read "Fire Brigade" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Michael Whalen is a versatile, accomplished keyboardist whose professional focus has been film and especially television soundtracks that earned him a pair of Emmy Awards and includes the Good Morning America theme. Promotional material describes this project as the long-contemplated culmination of his desire to create a jazz-fusion album along the lines of early influences like ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Throughout two decades worth of previous releases, trumpeter Scott aTunde Adjuah has proved to be a master of his horn and an artist of soulfully ignited passions. With this album, the 35-year old multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans should add further accolades to his already sterling reputation.

He defines current endeavors as “a map to ...