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Moncef Genoud: Aqua

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Though not as familiar a name as many of his contemporaries, Moncef Genoud promises to prove himself one of the major jazz pianists of his generation. Aqua, his tenth studio recording and first on the Savoy Jazz label, demonstrates his strengths as both composer and pianist.

The disc is comprised of seven original ...

Soesja Citroen: Don't Cry Baby

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Great songwriters are not always great singers. While Soesja Citroen has the ability to create a sense of intimacy with her voice, it is not a great instrument. Her songs however, are captivating.

Citroen struggles with intonation and pitch. Her shortcomings are most obvious when she stays in her upper register, which is thin and often ...

Bob James: Urban Flamingo

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Bob James has never decided whether he's a jazz musician or an R&B musician. He doesn't have to--he can be both, simultaneously, playing funky, infectious tunes that are melodic and groove hard. Urban Flamingo, his most recent effort, could be written off simply as “lifestyle music," or smooth jazz doomed to become background ambience at wine ...


Nils Landgren & Joe Sample: Creole Love Call

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From the first bars of “Get Out of My Life, Woman, which feature Joe Sample banging out a funky left hand rift, to Nils Landgren's laid-back vocals on “Soul Shadows, one thing is obvious about their new recording: Creole Love Call is all about New Orleans. Landgren and Sample got together to make this record and ...


Marta Hugon: Tender Trap

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Marta Hugon's affection for the material she covers on Tender Trap is apparent from the start. Hugon is a confident singer with a pleasant tone, exhibiting only the occasional intonation issue and some difficulty sustaining notes in her upper register. While she doesn't scat or improvise on this recording, Hugon's sensibility is deeply rooted in the ...