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Yimba Rudo: Yimba Rudo

Read "Yimba Rudo" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The phrase “Yimba Rudo" means “Sing Love" in Zimbabwe's Shona language. It is also the name of this trio which brings together musicians from three different worlds. Vibraphonist Kevin Norton is a respected figure in the avant jazz sphere who has worked with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Paul Dunmall. Bassist Steve LaSpina is a ...

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Pearring Sound: Nothing But Time

Read "Nothing But Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A protégé—and collaborator—of the late, great pianist Connie Crothers, Colorado native, and Brooklyn resident Jeff Pearring has a wide-ranging background encompassing genre from reggae to classical, to jazz. Beyond a physical resume, it is his relationship with Crothers where Pearring reveals himself to be a voracious student of musical history with an equally insatiable appetite to ...

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Two Duos Go Brazilian

Read "Two Duos Go Brazilian" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The male-female duos on these two recordings delve deeply into Brazilian music, but do so in very different ways.

Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini
Setting Rays Of Summer
Self Produced
2019

This is a duo recording in the true sense because the only sounds on this disc come ...

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Fabrizio Sciacca: Gettin' It There

Read "Gettin' It There" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Make no mistake about it, Fabrizio Sciacca isn't merely “gettin' it there." He's already got it here. This debut from the Berklee- and Manhattan School of Music-trained bassist presents an artist with solid intonation, impeccable time, a warm and enveloping tone, and an ear for melody. In short, he has it all.

Leading ...

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Lyn Stanley: London With a Twist - Live at Bernie’s

Read "London With a Twist - Live at Bernie’s" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lyn Stanley hits her stride.

The Great American Songbook possesses a persistent resonance in our culture. It may be best defined as the Songbook as the popular music of the 1920s through the 1950s: Tin Pan Alley, showtunes and other popular music of the period. This block of songwriting remains a bedrock of jazz. ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Attuned to the idea that you can never get too much of a good thing, guitarist Dave Stryker has forged sequels to some of his most dynamic projects. From his Steeplechase cannon there are the four volumes of Blue to the Bone and a pair of releases devoted to the electric side of Miles Davis. So ...

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Richie Beirach-Gregor Huebner Duo & The WDR Big Band: Crossing Borders

Read "Crossing Borders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Richie Beirach, Gregor Huebner and the WDR Big Band. Now there's a triumvirate that speaks to enormity and nonconformity. On Crossing Borders, the revered pianist, the style-skirting violinist and the boundary-pushing large ensemble join forces for a program that's both crafty and dynamic, playing to past glories and present tense all at once. Tied to no ...

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Jay Anderson: Deepscape

Read "Deepscape" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Jay Anderson has been a sideman for many musicians including Michael Brecker, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider, but he hasn't led a recording session since the 90s.' He makes up for lost time here with a varied set of music that sometimes follows standard jazz orthodoxy and sometimes goes its own fascinating way. ...

Highlights In Jazz Presents “Remembering Erroll & Randy” Grand Finale on June 20 at BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

Highlights In Jazz Presents “Remembering Erroll & Randy” Grand Finale on  June 20 at BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

There are plenty of reasons that the annual Highlights In Jazz concert series has been a favorite among in-the-know jazz fans for almost a half century. For starters, producer Jack Kleinsinger can be counted on to deliver concerts that are certain to surprise and delight savvy listeners. The final event of the 2019 season is no ...

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Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dave Stryker says this is the last of his trilogy of classic pop melodies from the 1970s. If so, its release is a little bittersweet: because like the other two it is a truly fun project, for the players and listeners alike. Completing the trilogy was suggested by vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who had appeared on ...