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Javon Jackson: For You

Read "For You" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. For You is his twentieth release as a leader, and it finds him paying homage to Hubbard ("My Man Hubbard"), McCoy Tyner ("88 Strong"), Pharoah Sanders ("Mr. Sanders"--though ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Call it what? Jazz-op? Jazzical? Silly names aside, histories of jazz and classical music are littered with failed attempts. Saxophonist John Petrucelli, an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and student of jazz history, astronomy and philosophy, takes the lessons in and presents us with Presence. This ambitious and rewarding album successfully melds an up-for-it jazz quintet ...

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Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox

Read "Outsidethebox" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For a debut record--and a drummer's album, no less--Sasha Mashin's Outsidethebox displays a remarkably assured ambition. In fact, Mashin even started his own label to ensure that his music saw the light of day. And with some top-shelf talent providing the compositions and instrumentation on these groove-heavy, stylistically diverse pieces, the results are consistently engaging and ...

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Carlos Averhoff Jr.: iQba - Jazz Meets Cuban Timba

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On iQba, tenor saxophonist Carlos Averhoff Jr. employs a skilled quintet to provide dance-worthy renditions of a series of jazz classics plus an original ballad, all shaped by timba, one of the homegrown musical forms of his native Cuba. It's an effective take on Latin jazz, and provides enough strong musicianship to ensure that Averhoff's challenging ...

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Sasha Mashin: Outsidethebox

Read "Outsidethebox" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Sasha Mashin makes clear that he's the real deal within the first fifty seconds of this date. Opening “Sipiagin's Mood," the lead-off track on his debut release, with a solo drum introduction, Mashin immediately stakes his claim. Chops, of course, don't always equate to true artistry or position, but in this case technique and taste ...

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Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy

Read "Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A veteran rhythm-man whose long list of credits includes work with Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston already had a couple releases on Douglas's Greenleaf Music label (303, from 2014, and Rise of Orion (2016), and now Flatbed Buggy continues this promising track record with a winsome set of music that manages to pull off ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Tenor-saxophonist John Petrucelli's Presence is an ambitious sprawl of an album. Petrucelli features a jazz quintet (with piano, bass, guitar and drums) together with a string quartet, then gives his tunes titles like “Field of Heaven," “Garden of Angels," and “Scallop Shell of Quiet," as if to warn the listener that the album carries more conceptual ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dustin Mallory

The sophomore effort from saxophonist John Petrucelli is a fresh and timely release of original compositions that were recorded in 2017 at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh. The forthcoming album, titled Presence, pairs a jazz quintet with a string quartet as they perform John's majestic ten-movement suite. The album also features a guest appearance from ...

Amanda Gardier: Empathy

Read "Empathy" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With a clear sense of composition and where her own fluid voice, and those of her superb surrounding musicians, fall within the whole, Indiana-based alto saxophonist Amanda Gardier opens her debut disc, Empathy, on the multi-layered strengths of the palette-setting “Giants," an expansive piece that allows her plenty of time in the lead before gracefully stepping ...

Fran Vielma: Fran Vielma & Venezuelan Jazz Collective: Tendencias

Read "Fran Vielma & Venezuelan Jazz Collective: Tendencias" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Continuing the long, fruitful history of jazz's intermingling with Afro-Caribbean music, percussionist Fran Vielma brings his considerable talents to bear in offering a distinctive melding of jazz with Latin forms--but with a special focus on his native Venezuela. Joined by some outstanding instrumentalists, such as trumpeter Mike Rodriguez and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, Vielma sketches a ...