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Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata 2

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With Jazz Bata 2, composer pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés finally follows up on an experimental album he cut in Cuba in 1972. The subject matter of both records is the folklore and religious beliefs of the Yoruba slaves shipped to the Caribbean between 1770 and 1840.

On Jazz Bata 2 Valdés' piano ...

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Ranky Tanky: Ranky Tanky

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Ranky Tanky are based in Charleston, South Carolina. They specialize in jazz-and blues-influenced arrangements of the traditional music of the Gullah people, who came from West Africa as slaves in the 19th century. They were brought to South Carolina's Low Country and Sea Islands to work on plantations where their knowledge of rice cultivation could be ...

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Christian McBride: Christian McBride's New Jawn

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Christian McBride was looking for a new musical challenge. So he decided to form a band that would play without the use of chords. The bassist explains, “Every major group I've been a part of for the last ten years, whether it's been with Pat Metheny or Chick Corea, or my own projects, there's been nothing ...

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Connie Han: Crime Zone

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Connie Han, dressed in skin-tight leather, tosses back her long and lustrous black hair, then walks like a prowling cat to the piano. She sits down, doesn't smile, looks darkly at the keyboard. She pauses then starts playing a percussive riff. Lights! The band emerges from the shadows and falls in behind her.

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Thomas Fonnesbæk: Sharing

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The title is apt and perhaps a trifle ironic. Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek and the blind young American pianist Justin Kauflin share a condition known as synaesthesia, in which their senses overlap and they experience music as color.

For this, their second album together and recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, they are joined on ...

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Lars Jansson: Just This

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Swedish pianist/composer Lars Jansson is a Zen Buddhist, concerned primarily with being in the moment. There can be difficulties--"To experience and accept all that happens in our lives is no easy matter," says Jansson. “It takes practice and an open mind (beginner's mind) to ignore expectations and preconceived attitudes and completely immerse oneself in the present ...

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LaVon Hardison: There Will Be Trouble

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LaVon Hardison, a vocalist originally from Boston, with roots in gospel, specializes in cover versions. Which is to say that she takes old pop songs and gives them new meaning... sometimes a darn sight more than they deserve. Other times--as Tom Lehrer once put it--she kicks them when they're down.

The Rodgers and Hart ...

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Nobuki Takamen: The Nobuki Takamen Trio

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Nobuki Takamen is, in all probability, the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced. Nowadays he lives in New Jersey but tours his homeland regularly. His playing is marked by good taste and sensitivity. He is a highly inventive guitarist, his runs and progressions never quite going where you expect them to go but always making ...

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Christian Sands: Facing Dragons

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Christian Sands is already being hailed as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation. The question now is will he follow in the footsteps of piano virtuosos like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner and concentrate on keyboard fireworks? Or will he choose other outlets for his immense talent, DownBeat magazine seemingly paving the way ...

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Cecile McLorin Salvant: The Window

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Cécile McLorin Salvant has one of the most powerful voices in jazz. Which doesn't make her always easy to listen to. Sometimes she instills new meaning to an old lyric, other times she tries too hard and goes over the top. Still, at least she tries.

She comes from Miami, daughter of a ...