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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Syrinx Effect: A Sky You Could Strike a Match On

Read "A Sky You Could Strike a Match On" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Syrinx Effect is comprised of just two musicians: Naomi Siegel (trombone) and Kate Olson (soprano saxophone); they expand their sound with effect pedals and overdubbing. Eric Eagle, the producer on their new album, A Sky You Could Strike a Match On, plays percussion on several of the tracks.

Syrinx Effect labels itself “interstellar folk ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Read "Magic Circle" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intimate, innovative and captivating Magic Circle is an album of duets between soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Although they perform primarily standards their interpretations are anything but conventional. Both musicians are known for their individual styles and singular approaches to improvisation and they showcase these superbly on the current disc.

Pianist and ...

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Trumpeter/ Vocalist Benny Benack III Debuts With Irrepressibly Swinging “One Of A Kind”

Trumpeter/ Vocalist Benny Benack III Debuts  With Irrepressibly Swinging “One Of A Kind”

Benack performs original songs and richly inventive arrangements with Emmet Cohen (piano), Alex Claffy (bass), Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums), also guests Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano sax), Yotam Silberstein (guitar) Benny Benack III, a young and multi-talented Pittsburgh native and denizen of the New York jazz scene, is never one to limit himself. He is both an affable and ...

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Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

The new release from trumpeter/composer Wayne Tucker titled Wake Up and See the Sun (One Trick Dog Records – November 3rd, 2017) is the type of recording that is larger-than-life from blank staff paper to the masterful music that makes it to the final recording. Joined by some of the finest musicians in today’s music scene ...

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Jazz Guitarist Tom Guarna Leads a Dream-Team Quartet–Featuring Keyboardist Jon Cowherd, Bassist John Patitucci and Drummer Brian Blade–on "The Wishing Stones"

Jazz Guitarist Tom Guarna Leads a Dream-Team Quartet–Featuring Keyboardist Jon Cowherd, Bassist John Patitucci and Drummer Brian Blade–on "The Wishing Stones"

Tom Guarna—a guitarist whom DownBeat magazine has praised for the “emotion, tension, surprise and passion” in his music—assembled what he calls “a dream team” for The Wishing Stones, his seventh album as a leader, and his first for Destiny Records. The album, to be released on November 10, 2017, features Guarna leading a quartet with keyboardist ...

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Guitarist Joe Caro & The Met Band to release new recording “Every Dog Has His Day” (Innsbruck Records)

Guitarist Joe Caro & The Met Band to release new recording “Every Dog Has His Day” (Innsbruck Records)

When you hear the cover songs on Joe Caro & the Met Band’s Every Dog Has His Day—classics from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Carole King and one Great American Songbook standard—your first thought may very well be, I’ve never heard those songs played like that before! Then it occurs to you that the original compositions ...

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Pianist, Composer, Arranger Earl MacDonald release new recording “Open Borders”

Pianist, Composer, Arranger Earl MacDonald release  new recording “Open Borders”

Pianist Earl MacDonald, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut, is set to release his fifth album as a bandleader—Open Borders. For this project, the two-time JUNO-award nominee assembled a lean and mean 10-piece band, capable of capturing the intimate subtleties of a jazz combo, or packing the walloping punch of a full big ...

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Sergej Avanesov: Secret Language

Read "Secret Language" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With his smooth, warm tone and pianist John Escreet's rolling, uncluttered Horace Silver-like ease, Russian tenor saxophonist Sergej Avanesov's Secret Language instantly rewards the listener like an old school Blue Note session.

Proudly citing his inspirations John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, and Keith Jarrett, Avanesov admits to meticulously studying our vast jazz heritage and it's ...

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Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Not many piano led ensembles finds the pianist laying as far back in the musical dialogue as Earl MacDonald, who doesn't come anywhere near an extended solo until “Miles Apart" and Percy Mayfield's Ray Charles blow- out “Hit The Road Jack" (tracks five and six respectively). But that's just fine given that MacDonald has charted the ...

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Raffaele Califano: Horizontal Dialogues

Read "Horizontal Dialogues" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is much to gush about on Horizontal Dialogues, Rome-based drummer /composer Raffaele Califano's second disc as a leader. From the playfully earthy and resonant 7/4 opener “A Beetle Romantic" through to the looping fusion of “Onin" and “Out of the Loop" Califano's sense of conversation, between instruments, between players, between players and listeners, holds forth. ...