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Joe Mongelli and the Cape Jazz Crew: WashAshore

Read "WashAshore" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Joe Mongelli and the Cape Jazz Crew's new CD, WashAshore features well-known tunes with modern-day arrangement and trumpeter Mongelli and the Crew offer inspired playing. This is not just another standards album, but an imaginative and carefully crafted collection of arrangements that have already been tested in countless live performances. The group is full of interplay ...

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Bruce Abbott and the North Star Jazz Ensemble: Mistletoe Sax

Read "Mistletoe Sax" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Listening to this seasonal mélange by saxophonist Bruce Abbott and the North Star Jazz Ensemble (supported by the Hawthorne String Quartet), the word “pleasant” springs to mind. The liner notes portray the album as a “collection of beloved holiday chestnuts” that is “richly romantic, slightly nostalgic and entirely engaging,” and I can’t think of a more ...