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Azar Lawrence: Elementals

Read "Elementals" reviewed by Chris May

Azar Lawrence sounds more like John Coltrane than John Coltrane ever did. Well, almost. Mid-period Coltrane that is, post Atlantic Records and the sheets of sound, when Coltrane starting to record for Impulse with producer Bob Thiele. The closeness of the resemblance is longstanding and uncanny, but it has not been a cynical pose designed to ...

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Eric Alexander: Song of No Regrets

Read "Song of No Regrets" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Eric Alexander, who has been wielding as impressive a tenor saxophone as anyone on the scene for more than two decades, returns to the studio for what seems the umpteenth time with an abundant stockpile of point-blank pleasures on Song of No Regrets, an essentially Latin-grooved session that leaves room on the first two numbers for ...

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Houston Person: Rain or Shine

Read "Rain or Shine" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, now in his eightieth decade, has made no concessions to Father Time, choosing instead to use his many years in the jazz trenches to forge a style all his own, bathed in blues and soul but never turning a deaf ear to the allure of a seductive and tasteful melody. Each of ...

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Pat Martino: Formidable

Read "Formidable" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The title “Formidable" and the striking cover photo of Pat Martino in profile in front of a statue of a lion suggests that the great guitarist is going to unleash awesome powers. However, the proper meaning of formidable in this context is more to be taken as the presence of the master. Here and now, in ...

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Woody Shaw: The Tour Vol. 2

Woody Shaw: The Tour Vol. 2

In July 2016, I posted about a previously unreleased live album by the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet featuring Woody Shaw. It was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 22, 1976. The excellent album was entitled The Tour: Volume One, which teased the release of subsequent installments. Well, That day has arrived. The Tour: Volume Two, was ...

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Russell Malone: Time for the Dancers

Read "Time for the Dancers" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The flame lit so brightly many years ago by guitarist Wes Montgomery continues to burn with intensity thanks to gifted torch-bearers like Russell Malone whose third album for HighNote Records, Time for the Dancers, not only mirrors Montgomery's singular musical temperament but ushers it into aesthetic realms that would surely have had Wes nodding his approval. ...

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Kenny Burrell: Unlimited 1, Live at Catalina's

Read "Unlimited 1, Live at Catalina's" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist Kenny Burrell, who isn't generally known for hanging out with big bands, now has one of his own: the Los Angeles-based Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, for which he serves as music director on its debut album, Unlimited 1, Live at Catalina's. While the ensemble is splendid, individually and collectively, there's no doubt that Burrell is the ...

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Cyrus Chestnut, Buster Williams, Lenny White: Natural Essence

Read "Natural Essence" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Grazie anche a una ritmica formidabile, con Natural Essence Cyrus Chestnut firma una delle opere più convincenti della sua discografia. Mantenendo ben saldo il legame con la tradizione dello swing, questo trio delinea ritmicamente e con piglio deciso la tensione dinamica. A ciò si aggiunga una vibrante vis comunicativa e il nuovo imprinting, a tempo medio ...

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Eric Alexander: Second Impression

Read "Second Impression" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Not only has tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander recorded more than thirty-five albums as a leader since arriving in New York City some twenty years ago, he has appeared on almost as many others as a sideman. He's such an earnest blue-collar worker that one almost expects him to carry his saxophone in a lunch pail instead ...

Pat Martino: Nexus

Read "Nexus" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This CD is not only a fine addition to the Pat Martino catalogue, it is also of historical importance with respect to his personal and musical development. Recorded at the well-known eclectic nightclub the Tin Angel in Philadelphia in the mid-nineties (the exact date is not given and probably unknown), it is a duet set (or ...