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Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Mimi Jones: Balance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Balance is one of three new titles released in February 2014 by Hot Tone Music, the label founded by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones. “Hot Tone Music was created to give chances to those who may have been overlooked and denied the necessary support and knowledge to develop," Jones explains. “Women are a big part of that group, ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Virtuoso bassist and superlative bandleader Mimi Jones' (AKA Miriam Sullivan) Balance is a delightful album filled with 79 minutes of engaging music. Despite the title, however, it is an unevenly structured work.

The edgy, dramatic “The Incy Wincy Spider" for instance completely deconstructs the children's rhyme into an intriguing, darkly hued and haunting piece. ...

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Diego Rivera: The Contender

Read "Diego Rivera: The Contender" reviewed by Jud Branam

Like the famous muralist from whom he got his name, Michigan tenor saxophonist Diego Rivera covers a lot of stylistic ground while adhering to a workmanlike theme on his new CD, The Contender.

Rivera leads a powerful sextet through an 11-song set of brawny, orthodox post-bop that carries on the blowing session tradition in ...

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Kersten Stevens: Inspire Me

Read "Inspire Me" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On her fourth release Inspire Me violinist Kersten Stevens has successfully tackled the daunting task of creating a unified work with a large cast of characters and a variety of influences. The central theme of the album, steeped in a strong religious sense, is an exploration of artistic motivation.

“Right Where You Are," for instance, ...

Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

Read "Perennial Dreamer" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

San Francisco native and Rome-educated Olivia Foschi is a sophisticated, urbane singer whose debut album Perennial Dreamer is a testament to her mature and worldly outlook. Surrounded by an energetic group of individualistic and trailblazing instrumentalists, Foschi presents a heady mix of original compositions, Italian ballads and jazz standards. Thanks primarily to her rich, smoky voice ...

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Miki Hayama: Wide Angle

Read "Wide Angle" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Miki Hayama establishes an identifiable cadence in her piano language in Wide Angle. Her trio behaves as one organism; Hayama offers the fearless heartbeat.

Hayama composed eight of the ten pieces on the recording. The rigorous tempos, even when moderate, bond the three instruments. The precision with which Hayama addresses the piano demonstrates her ...