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Mike Allen: Just Like Magic

Read "Just Like Magic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike Allen is another in an apparently never-ending line of talented saxophonists who seem to emerge, from time to time, from the Canadian provinces to ensnare the hearts and earn the admiration not only of their fellow countrymen but jazz enthusiasts in other climes as well. On Just Like Magic, Allen leads a deft and experienced ...

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Charles McPherson: Live at the Cellar

Read "Live at the Cellar" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Live at the Cellar is a sizzling collection of extended improvisations featuring a Vancouver-made quartet: Charles McPherson (alto sax), Ross Taggart (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass) and Blaine Wikjord (drums). McPherson and band fashion their work for the literati.

McPherson opens hard with Rodgers and Hart's “Spring Is Here." The native of Joplin, Miss. singes the ears ...

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Bob Long Trio: Straight Roads

Read "Straight Roads" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

It’s reassuring to hear groups making new strides and attracting new audiences in our cities and communities, one such group being the Bob Long Trio. Straight Roads, the group's first release as a trio on Illinois’ Cellar Records, is an affirmation of the joy, struggle, loneliness and companionship of working jazz artists.

With ...

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Bob Long: Straight Roads

Read "Straight Roads" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

It’s reassuring to hear groups making new strides and attracting new audiences in our cities and communities, one such group being the Bob Long Trio. Straight Roads, their first release as a trio on Illinois’ Cellar Records, is an affirmation of joy, struggle, loneliness and companionship as working jazz artists.

With a modern approach and not-totally-electric, ...