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Mike Moreno: Lotus

Read "Lotus" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A blooming lotus is like a magnet for the eyes, calling those who appreciate beauty, vibrancy, and shapeliness to gaze upon one of nature's small wonders. Guitarist Mike Moreno's Lotus has a similar draw, summoning the ears with its enchanting sonics and chimerical ideals.

On this, Moreno's fifth album, the lyrical and the ...

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Mike Moreno: Another Way

Read "Another Way" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Though it's difficult to stand out in a climate where new names appear almost daily, Mike Moreno has proven to be one of the more identifiable young jazz guitarists in recent years. At home in a number of settings, his fluid style has been found in the abstract hip hop styling of Q-Tip's The Renaissance (Universal ...

Nick Vayenas: Synesthesia

Read "Synesthesia" reviewed by Greg Camphire

Trombonist and multi-instrumentalist Nick Vayenas unveils a colorful palette of ideas on Synesthesia, his debut as a leader. Vayenas and his band mates chart their own course, albeit one that uses musical maps drawn up by the Herbie Hancock Sextet on such albums as Mwandishi (Warner Bros., 1970) and Sextant (Columbia, 1972), with the resulting path ...

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Julie Hardy: The Wish

Read "The Wish" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With The Wish, composer and vocalist Julie Hardy has immediately established herself as an identifiable force of the next generation. By combining a very attractive voice with deep interpretations with a high degree of compositional and arranging skills, Hardy has created an album of grace and depth.

She is a member of drummer ...

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Julie Hardy: The Wish

Read "The Wish" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Julie Hardy proves that she is more than just your average jazz singer on The Wish. Hailing from New Hampshire with extensive studies in jazz and classical music, she continues to grow and hone her craft since her auspicious debut recording A Moment's Glance (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2005).

The recording is significant ...

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Mike Moreno: Between The Lines

Read "Between The Lines" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist Mike Moreno, originally from Houston, Texas and now in New York City for the last ten years, has created in Between the Lines a remarkable release that makes an immediate impact while also having much depth.

Jazz is less a musical language and more a musical attitude in which personal expression is ...

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Kendrick Scott Oracle: The Source

Read "The Source" reviewed by J Hunter

The first time I saw Kendrick Scott, he wasn't supposed to be there. Eric Harland was a no-show for the Terence Blanchard Sextet's 2003 gig at the Skidmore Jazz Institute (a summer program that counts Scott as an alumnus), so Scott filled in, and acquitted himself admirably. When Terence Blanchard's Flow tour came to Albany in ...

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Mike Moreno: Between The Lines

Read "Between The Lines" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Mike Moreno's stylized and progressive playing has made him the guitarist of choice for many rising musicians' recordings including trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's Identity (MaxJazz, 2005), saxophonist John Ellis' By A Thread (Hyena, 2006) and drummer Kendrick Scott's The Source (World Culture Music, 2007). Now he's at the helm with the impressive debut Between the Lines.

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Kendrick Scott Oracle: The Source

Read "The Source" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Kendrick Scott's debut recording The Source exudes a sense of purpose with music that is carefully orchestrated, coolly executed, and has an appeal that is both contemporary and cerebral. Scott's respect for the art form is cognizant of the greats that have come before him, but clearly personifies his own voice alongside contemporaries like drummers Brian ...