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Ahmad Hassan Muhammad: Fly

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Ahmad Hassan Muhammad isn't a big name in jazz--yet. The Cincinnati-born pianist self-produced and released hist first record, Fly, in October 2010, and while the disc is very much a first effort, it holds surprise, pleasure and promise often unheard in second or third releases by others in the jazz scene today. Everything ...

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Julia Hulsmann: Imprint

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Manfred Eicher's Munich-based ECM Records specializes in spacious, absorbing records that reveal their inner workings, labyrinth-like, over the course of many listens. Some releases reveal themselves from the first note; with others, it can take years. Pianist Julia Hülsmann's sixth record--and second for ECM--Imprint, manages both. Hülsmann's trio isn't new--it has had more ...

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Joe Lovano: Joe Lovano - Bird Songs

Read "Joe Lovano - Bird Songs" reviewed by Jon Wertheim

Joe Lovano's Us Five debut, Folk Art (Blue Note, 2009), was a triumphantly energetic outing, filled with the sound of two drummers and running through a program of Lovano's originals. It was a highly personal and emphatic debut, and a great one too, but Bird Songs is important in completing the portrait of this ensemble.

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Kenneth Whalum III: To Those Who Believe

Read "To Those Who Believe" reviewed by Jon Wertheim

Perhaps three really is the magic number--at least for today's tenor saxophonists. Walter Smith III has been making waves in the contemporary jazz world for years now, but another “three" has been developing a distinctive and fresh style, albeit more quietly. Kenneth Whalum III is the most recent addition to a venerated musical ...


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