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Steve Sandberg Quartet: Alaya

Read "Alaya" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The best word to sum up pianist Steve Sandberg's work is expansive. If his own performance history doesn't make that point clearly enough--he's hobnobbed with Brazilian music royalty like the Gilberto clan, made his mark on the salsa world by working with artists like Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz, touched down time and again in the ...

Torben Waldorff: Holiday On Fire

Read "Holiday On Fire" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Two impressions stick in the mind after a couple of spins of guitarist Torben Waldorff's Holiday On Fire: one--he rips like a rock star; and two--the band he has put together  has a sharply distinctive, modern, maybe even futuristic sound. The rock star aspect: not a surprise, for a musician whose introduction to the art began ...

Letizia Gambi: Blue Monday

Read "Blue Monday" reviewed by James Nadal

As the world continues to shrink--musically speaking of course--the melding of American jazz with Mediterranean melody is another spin cycle that makes appreciation of this evolving art form so interesting. With high expectations, Neapolitan vocalist Letizia Gambi, which hails from a theatrical family, and has extensive jazz education, releases Blue Monday, an exuberant and ambitious production ...

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Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear

Read "More Than Meets the Ear" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tornato alla piena attività discografica lo scorso anno con l'eccitante Klassik Rock -Vol. 1, Robin Eubanks pubblica ora un formidabile lavoro orchestrale con una band ricca di splendidi solisti e alcuni allievi dei suoi corsi. Dopo il Duemila il trombonista s'è dedicato prevalentemente all'insegnamento (all'Oberlin College, ma anche al Berklee College of Music e al New ...

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Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets The Ear

Read "More Than Meets The Ear" reviewed by Troy Collins

More Than Meets the Ear is Robin Eubanks' first foray leading a big band in his three decades as a performing musician. The date features compositions spanning Eubanks' entire career, artfully embellished and re-arranged for a formidable 19-piece ensemble. The key difference between this lineup and a conventional unit--other than Mike King's bluesy organ and Boris ...

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Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets The Ear

Read "More Than Meets The Ear" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trombonist Robin Eubanks is well known for his versatility and inventiveness. It is no surprise, therefore, that his first big band recording, More Than Meets The Ear, is an innovative and engaging work of mainstream jazz. Various influences, across genres, infuse the intricately crafted music that, despite its precise orchestration brims with energetic spontaneity.

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Fabian Almazan: Rhizome

Read "Rhizome" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Pianist Fabian Almazan may have initially been recognized for his prodigious skills as a member of Terence Blanchard's ensemble but his debut Personalities(Biophilia Records, 2011) unveiled not only the depth he possesses as a musician but also something Blanchard realized in many of his own recordings--Almazan's forte as a composer. This should not come as a ...

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John Clayton: Parlor Series, Vol. 1

Read "Parlor Series, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Parlor Series was conceived of long before it came into existence. Bassist/Composer/Arranger/Educator extraordinaire John Clayton had long hoped to explore the piano-bass duo medium on record. He had admired albums like This One's For Blanton (Pablo, 1974), which paired his mentor--bass legend Ray Brown--with the great Duke Ellington, and Steal Away (Verve, 1995), which brought ...

Dawn Upshaw/Maria Schneider: Winter Morning Walks

Read "Winter Morning Walks" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Maria Schneider proved her genius as a composer and arranger beyond any doubt with Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004), and she did it again on her second masterpiece of orchestral jazz, Sky Blue (ArtistShare, 2007). With Winter Morning Walks, Schneider introduces her first works with major orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra on the nine part ...

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Torben Waldorff: Wah-Wah

Read "Wah-Wah" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Danish guitarist Torben Waldorff's sixth album as a leader is a collection of elegant, subtle and intensely melodic compositions that simultaneously sound innovative and accessible. Wah-Wah is also his first without a saxophonist, leaving him alone in the frontline. His, long and satisfying solos are often tinted in muted colors as his intricate improvisations remain within ...


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