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George Cables: I'm All Smiles

Read "I'm All Smiles" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

At a time when jazz is being pulled in every direction at once in search of a future some fear may not exist, musicians such as George Cables, Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis are proving that, for those who listen, there is no place quite like the present. Essiet became the trio's bassist for its 2012 ...

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George Cables: I'm All Smiles

Read "I'm All Smiles" reviewed by Jack Bowers

George Cables, whose elegant piano has graced the jazz scene in New York City and elsewhere for more than five decades, has every reason to be All Smiles; at age seventy-four he is back at the keyboard, as sharp and inspired as ever, following surgery for ulcers that removed one leg above the knee. To mark ...

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David Kikoski: Phoenix Rising

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Pianist David Kikoski and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, among the brightest lights on New York City's jazz scene for more than two decades, have known each other for almost as many years but Phoenix Rising marks the first time they have recorded together. After listening, one observation springs immediately to mind: it's about time.

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Pat Bianchi

Grammy nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll, Pat Bianchi has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. Along with leading his current group, he performs regularly with jazz guitar icon, Pat Martino and also continues to perform with NEA Jazz Master and saxophone legend, Lou Donaldson. Born in Rochester New York, Bianchi comes from a musically gifted family. He began playing organ at the age of 7 and was playing his first professional gigs by the age of 11

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Frank Morgan & George Cables: Montreal Memories

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Alto saxophonist Frank Morgan and pianist George Cables, two seasoned pros at the top of their game, joined forces to map this superb concert performance at the 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival. Morgan--unchained at last from his debilitating heroin addiction and four years removed from prison--is a wellspring of creativity and passion, while Cables, eleven years Morgan's ...

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Joel Harrison: Angel Band: Free Country Vol. 3

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Possessed of restless creativity and a desire not to repeat himself, guitarist/vocalist Joel Harrison took a 14-year hiatus between albums in his Free Country series to release over a dozen other efforts before returning with Angel Band: Free Country Volume 3. Building on the foundation set by the first two albums, he recruits a few returning ...

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Frank Morgan and George Cables: Montreal Memories

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Montreal Memories is a duet album recorded at Theatre Port Royal on July 1, 1989, featuring two of the most talented jazz artists of any generation: alto saxophonist Frank Morgan; and pianist George Cables. This is the second duet album they've released, the first being Contemporary's Double Image in 1987.

A jazz duet is ...

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Eric Alexander: Song of No Regrets

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On Song of No Regrets, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander decides to keep things fresh with a Latin beat and a couple unexpected guests. Having worked so prolifically for so long (he's got more than 160 recordings to his name both solo and as a sideman), it's inevitable that Alexander would have more than a few preferred ...

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George Cables: My Muse

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When an artist records music less than two years after losing his wife of nearly three decades to pancreatic cancer, it is generally assumed that the resulting album will have an overall melancholic, funereal sound. This is not the case however, for pianist George Cables. My Muse is less an elegy for love, and more of ...

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Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love

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Saxophonist Houston Person and bassist Ron Carter, now in their eighties, have been performing and recording as a duo for almost three decades now (Remember Love marks their seventh album in that format since Something in Common was released on Muse in 1990).

Remember Love was recorded in March 2018 at the renowned ...