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Monty Alexander: Uplift 2: Higher

Read "Uplift 2: Higher" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This blazing CD is the official follow-up to the splendid Uplift, which in 2011 was one of the first releases from John Lee's fledgling label, Jazz Legacy Productions. Blending Alexander's past and present compadres--referred to here as “two timeless trios"--Higher features seven tracks with the peerless John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums, and ...

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Roy Assaf: Respect, Vol.1

Read "Respect, Vol.1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Innovation and as-yet-unheard-of ideals tend to sell headlines in jazz, but they mean nothing without respect for those who paved the road to the present. Many young emerging talents seem content to walk into jazz without doing their due diligence in discovery and digestion, but that often puts them in a peculiar position of being a ...

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Benny Green: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In una carriera trentennale Benny Green ha inciso oltre un centinaio dischi come sideman ma poco più di una decina da leader. Dalla prima metà degli anni duemila, quando realizzò i lavori in duo col chitarrista Russell Malone (Jazz at the Bistro del 2002 e Bluebird del 2004) il pianista non entrava in sala incisione e se ...

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Yotam: Brasil

Read "Brasil" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Two reviews of Israeli-born guitarist Yotam's Brasil appeared recently in All About Jazz, and the reviewers had major differences.

Lawrence Peryer had a negative view, summed up by: “Yotam take his place on the list between Yanni and Zamfir, offering a denatured version of a musical form that has already proven itself accessible ...

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Yotam: Brasil

Read "Brasil" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A single letter separates the English and Portuguese spellings of the world's fifth largest country, but that letter distinguishes between an outsider's view and the way that an insider takes it all in. Brazil is for tourists, but Brasil is for those initiated in the musical ways of this South American land of wonder. While Israeli ...

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Yotam: Brasil

Read "Brasil" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Brazilian music is tricky. It must be approached carefully as its mellow understatement can be vulnerable to sterility in production and blandness in execution. Brasil, by Israeli guitarist Yotam Silberstein (now known solely as “Yotam") is plagued by both attributes.

It is quite difficult to appreciate the competency of the players with whom ...

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Tim Mayer: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Resplendent arrangements and artful soloists are in abundance on Tim Mayer's Resilience. For this, the Boston-based tenor saxophonist's debut recording under his own name, Mayer manages to bridge the gap between the often opposing forces of stability and variety, as he builds each tune around the same core quartet while using an ever-changing list of guests ...

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Benny Green Trio: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Benny Green, now 48, is entering his middle years. Early on he was hailed as a budding master; today he has fully blossomed into one of the jazz world's finest pianists. Equally comfortable with a fast-paced piece and or a sensitive ballad, he is a go-to guy for sessions as back-up or leader. His last recordings ...

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Michael Dease: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Michael Dease is to the trombone what Harry Allen is to the tenor saxophone. Lyrical, traditional, well-studied and broad based, both artists can equally get their freak on when necessary. Dease's trombone style contains many influences, but like many conservatory-trained musicians, Dease has had the time and practice to develop is own potent voice.

Benny Green: Source

Read "Source" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Benny Green has not been in the studio leading a recording date since his collaboration with Russell Malone, Bluebird (Telarc, 2004). Far from stagnating, Green has most recently been found providing support on recordings like Hilary Kole's You Are There (Justin Time, 2010), Kenny Burrell's Be Yourself (HighNote , 2010) and Anat Cohen's Clarinetworks: Live ...