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Paul Taylor: Tenacity

Read "Tenacity" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Paul Taylor is an innovative, inquisitive saxophonist who is constantly pushing the creative envelope of both his instrument and the audience's expectations...no, wait...that's somebody else. Paul Taylor is a cutting edge player who is always surprising in his restless and innovative musical explorations...nope, that's not right. Paul Taylor is a musical chameleon constantly changing his style ...

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The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman: Cote D' Azur

Read "Cote D' Azur" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Of the many incarnations of Russ Freeman's The Rippingtons, the current version is one of the strongest, with the players actually cohering as a band and not simply sidemen in Freeman's long-running side project. He remains the guiding light as the principal composer, writer and producer, giving the other musicians some stimulating music to play. Jeff ...

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Norman Brown: Sending My Love

Read "Sending My Love" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Whether to military troops overseas, family members or fans, guitarist Norman Brown has plenty of love to give. And he shows it with Sending My Love.

Brown is a Grammy Award winner who has played guitar since the age of 8. Drawing inspiration from Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery, and often compared to George ...

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Peter White: Good Day

Read "Good Day" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Peter White is a proficient guitarist whose albums are clean in sound and pristine in the production. It's probably not possible to even smudge the CD with a greasy fingerprint. There's so much order and control in this effort that it begs the question: does White occasionally hire out someone to sneak into his house to ...

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Jessy J: True Love

Read "True Love" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If half of life is just showing up and the other half is timing, then Jessica Spinella's timing is right on time. Smooth jazz is filled to the brim with saxophonists and while most of them are technically proficient, the sheer volume makes it difficult for a newcomer to stand out. Spinella, aka Jessy J brings ...

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Paul Taylor: Burnin'

Read "Burnin'" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's refreshing when a contemporary artists steps outside the box and revisits an old style of music. Even more so when it's not simply a collection of covers. Paul Taylor scores with Burnin'.

A native of Denver and a musical product of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Taylor began developing his saxophone skills at ...

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Paul Brown / Marc Antoine: Foreign Exchange

Read "Foreign Exchange" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

When two jazz guitarists of different styles, George Benson and Earl Klugh, came together, it was hailed as a success. The formula also worked for Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton. Now, Paul Brown and Marc Antoine attempt to capture that flair with Foreign Exchange.

California native Brown is, perhaps, one of the most ...

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The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman: Modern Art

Read "Modern Art" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman, have undergone numerous personnel changes over the years. Although the band has been more stable since Let It Ripp (Peak, 2003), it's still evolving. Modern Art attempts to walk the fine line between observing the past and moving into the future.

Freeman founded the group in the mid-'80s and ...

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David Benoit: Jazz for Peanuts

Read "Jazz for Peanuts" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The symbiotic relationship between pianist David Benoit and Peanuts has been a blessing for fans of both the animated series and jazz. It began in the mid-1980s with Benoit's popular cover of Vince Guaraldi's “Linus and Lucy," the ever-present theme in the Charlie Brown cartoons. Since then, the pianist has produced several tributes to the music ...

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David Benoit: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

An ongoing trend in music is for veteran artists to do albums comprised of cover songs--whether to celebrate a particular musician, era or record label, revisit the music they grew up with or for commercial reasons. Done poorly, the collection can be trite. Pianist/keyboardist David Benoit attempts to avoid that pitfall with Heroes, a mixed bag ...