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Zvonimir Tot: Travels and Dreams

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What makes jazz so vibrant is its sponge-like ability to incorporate different styles and cultural perspectives. On Travels and Dreams guitarist and composer Zvonimir Tot, who now calls Chicago home, skillfully mines his Eastern European roots and virtuoso technique to produce an especially appealing mix of ballads, bop, funk, bossa nova and bluesy originals. A team ...

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Brad Mehldau: Anything Goes

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With Anything Goes a more mature, reflective Brad Mehldau is back where he started almost seven years ago with his trio soulmates, Jorge Rossy (drums) and Larry Grenadier (bass). On their sixth trio disc, there aren’t any original tunes, but Mehldau is at his best expanding old favorites such as “Nearness of You,” “Anything ...

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Alan Broadbent: You And The Night And The Music

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Alan Broadbent joins an esteemed group of jazz pianists—Bill Charlap, Brad Mehldau, Bill Cunliffe, and Don Friedman, to name just a few—who critics, at one time or another, have anointed the next Bill Evans. It’s a curse and a compliment, much like an athlete making the cover of Sports Illustrated and having to live up to ...

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Kitty Margolis: Heart and Soul: Live in San Francisco

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Wow, this woman can sing. Recorded live on her home turf, Kitty Margolis’ fifth disc, Heart and Soul: Live in San Francisco , skillfully whips her audience into an appreciative frenzy, and most of the excitement carries over to those listening to the disc. Live recordings tend to be either very good or bad—make ...

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Bennie Wallace: The Nearness of You

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In their quest to beef up a CD’s exposure, good-intentioned industry insiders can sometimes unintentionally steer an album down a dead-end path. On the cover of Bennie Wallace’s The Nearness of You, a voluptuous woman clings to his shoulder looking seductively at his sax. The liner notes feature another babe in a low-cut evening dress resting ...

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Carmen Lundy: Something to Believe In

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Something to Believe In could – and should – be the breakout album for veteran opera-trained vocalist Carmen Lundy. This is not to imply that Ms. Lundy doesn’t already possess a large group of devoted admirers, but this disc will go a long way to solidify her position as one of the finest ...

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Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman/Erik Friedlander: Abaton

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Abaton is a remarkable two-disc recording that is at once startling and mysteriously beautiful, gently pushing you into strange, good places. The music defies easy classification, which only adds to its appeal. The piano trio consists of Swiss composer and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, jazz violinist Mark Feldman, and cellist Erik Friedlander. The first ...

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Marty Ehrlich: The Long View

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The Long View came out of a collaboration between Marty Ehrlich and his friend, the renowned painter Oliver Jackson, during a ten-week Harvard University residency in 2000. Inspired by Jackson’s work since the 1970s, Ehrlich sees his impressionistic paintings as “a visual counterpoint to what I have imagined in sound.” Although the music ...