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John Bunch: The John Bunch Trio Plays the Music of Irving Berlin (except one)

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If it takes a while to notice that there's no drummer on The John Bunch Trio Plays the Music of Irving Berlin (except one), that's OK. Recalling the classic Nat King Cole Trio, Bunch's music embraces the same combination of tradition and freshness, of rock-solid technique and flight-of-fancy exploration. Tradition might be the ...


The Rivington Project: The Rivington Project

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A band with an inscrutable name debuts with this session, which is anything but. Guitarist Victor Magnani, bassist Martin Rizek and drummer George Coleman, Jr. are joined by veteran tenor saxman Don Braden for a satisfying, hard-charging hour of music made up of eight numbers--seven by Magnani, one by Coleman's father. Magnani has one previous album ...


Windsleepers: La Fiancee du Pirate

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This debut album by the European Windsleepers ensemble delivers jolts of excitement within a rich, abstract tapestry of sound that's sculpted in large measure by Christine Clement's atmospheric contralto. Her voice, by turns piercing and pastoral, often is indistinguishable from the reeds as it weaves in and around Roby Glod's alto and soprano saxophones, as on ...


Misja Fitzgerald-Michel: Encounter

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Misja Fitzgerald-Michel plays guitar with an illuminating brilliance. On his third studio album, the 32-year-old lights the way through eleven numbers: five originals plus compositions by Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane (two apiece), Wayne Shorter and Bill Stewart. That he chose no other guitarists' songs to cover says something about Fitzgerald-Michel's sense of exploration. He avoids ...


Helen Sung Trio: Helenistique

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The clean, uncluttered sound of the piano trio gets a refreshing workout on Helenistique, Helen Sung's tribute to the jazz standard. For her second recording, Sung works with drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Derrick Hodge.A classically trained pianist, Sung leads her trio well: she solos with authority, intelligence and grit, especially on Rodgers and ...


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