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Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When Mike Clark's name comes up in conversation, most people recall his brilliant playing and funk fusion grooves on Herbie Hancock's Thrust (Columbia/Legacy, 1974). While “Actual Proof" and a slew of other terrific tracks have cemented Clark's reputation as a drummer with chops to spare, this particular period of his musical life has often pigeonholed him. ...

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Billy Harper: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 2" reviewed by George Kanzler

Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper has been keeping the jazz fires kindled by the ritualistic, incantatory side of the classic John Coltrane Quartet stoked and burning bright for over a quarter-century. Here Harper's working quintet, augmented by a second bassist, presents a program redolent of the processional and the chant. Over it all, Harper's coruscating, brawny tenor ...

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Mike Clark: Blueprints of Jazz, Volume 1

Read "Blueprints of Jazz, Volume 1" reviewed by Elliott Simon

For their Blueprints of Jazz series, Talking House Records decided to give free studio reign to individuals who have significantly influenced modern jazz but, for whatever reason, have not been given their due. Drummer Mike Clark has influenced several generations since his time with keyboardist Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and inaugurated the series. While additional releases showcase ...

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Joan Jeanrenaud: Strange Toys

Read "Strange Toys" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud joined the Kronos Quartet in 1978, participating in more than thirty recordings and over two thousand performances with the always innovative string ensemble known for interpreting other composers' works. In 1999 she struck out on her own, as both a solo artist and a composer.

Strange Toys, Jeanrenaud's second solo effort, is ...