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Walter Smith III: III

Read "III" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

While there are many saxophonists warranting greater recognition, Walter Smith III is consistently emerging as an identifiable voice among the masses. He's been making waves, whether performing across the waters in Spain with bassist Paco Charlin; recording in France on drummer Eric Harland's debut, Voyager Live by Night (Space Time, 2010); with trumpeter Christian Scott for ...

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Athanasopoulos-Pin Jazz Quartet: Modern Money Mechanics

Read "Modern Money Mechanics" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Guitarist Marcos Pin and saxophonist Thanos Athanasopoulos show their passion for jazz and social consciousness in Modern Money Mechanics, their second release on the Spanish-based Freecode label. To paraphrase Dicken's famous novel, this release might be dubbed a A Tale of Many Cities, as its diversity juxtaposes jazz's roots and modernism.

Highly accomplished ...

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Paco Charlin: Jazz Frequency Group Vol. IV

Read "Jazz Frequency Group Vol. IV" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Like two sides of a coin, Paco Charlin's recordings have alternated between modern and mainstream jazz, each imprint distinctly different. An exceptional bassist with the acumen and youthful presence of a Ron Carter or Dave Holland, Charlin has a deep reverence for the art-form--its past and its present--that is undeniable.

Dipping back into ...

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Paco Charlin: Bass Frequency

Read "Paco Charlin: Bass Frequency" reviewed by Ken Kase

There was a time when the structure and economics of the record business enabled jazz musicians to record a lot more frequently than they do today, allowing listeners to chart their artistic development (or lack of it) over relatively short passages of time. By contrast, the globalised imperatives of today's music industry typically force musicians into ...