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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A ton of fine music came out in 2012, like most years, making these year-end lists very difficult. A lot we don't get to hear, so that limits some. For example, I've not yet heard the 2012 disks of drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Christian Scott or guitarist John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. Having seen each ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Native Soul: Soul Step

Read "Soul Step" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è molto spesso il sax di Peter Brainin al centro degli sviluppi tematici degli undici brani che compongono la tracklist di Soul Step, il lavoro in studio firmato dal quartetto Native Soul. Tracce che si riferiscono a una seduta di registrazione del 2008, in quel di Dover, nelle quali possiamo apprezzare una buona serie di originali - ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Native Soul: Soul Step

Read "Soul Step" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Native Soul Soul Step is a stylistically coherent and well executed effort. The quartet--a classic keyboards, saxophone, bass and drums lineup--plays mostly straight-ahead, but adds enough instrumental and musical variation to keep it fresh throughout.

Keyboardist Noah Haidu is the collective's founder, and is the source of a good portion of the music's diversity. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Native Soul: Rough Jazz

Read "Rough Jazz" reviewed by Ivana Ng

Native Soul's debut album, Rough Jazz, can be viewed as an evolution from prudent bebop to hard bop with more soulful, daring rhythms.

On the first half of the record, Peter Brainin's tenor's blithe timbre provides melodies that are often overpowering; pianist (and Fender Rhodes player) Noah Haidu subtly pulls him back with ...