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The Joe Locke Quartet: Sticks and Strings

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The vibraphone has never been an easy sell for a leading musician. Compared to piano or brass--whose attention is all but assured, it has usually remained somewhat overshadowed. Joe Locke, one of the premier vibraphonists on the scene today, has changed course on Sticks and Strings, recorded for the Palermo, Italy label, Jazz Eyes. Locke is ...

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Viktoria Tolstoy: Pictures Of Me

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Since Norah Jones' gargantuan hit CD some years ago, the field of pop/jazz, folk/jazz, and R&B/jazz singers is getting crowded. Some may bemoan this jazz adulteration, but if it brings new listeners to the music it's all good. Charlie Parker was, after all, lambasted for ruining jazz with bebop. From Sweden comes 32 year-old Viktoria Tolstoy, ...

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Anders Bergcrantz: About Time

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Anyone wondering how Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers might have sounded had it emerged in Sweden--minus saxophone, listening to Abba and incorporating a dash of funk--will hear a fair approximation on Anders Bergcrantz's About Time. With a front line of Bergcrantz's clarion trumpet next to Vincent Nilsson's dexterous trombone and bass trombone, supported by a tight rhythm ...