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Fred Hersch Trio: Floating

Read "Floating" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Live albums and studio albums can by miles or millimeters apart in terms of presentation, conception, quality, layout and reception; it all depends on the circumstances and intentions when a record is made. Pianist Fred Hersch's Floating, for example, nearly erases that potential divide.

While it's against his very nature, Hersch could've haphazardly ...

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Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Virtuoso bassist and superlative bandleader Mimi Jones' (AKA Miriam Sullivan) Balance is a delightful album filled with 79 minutes of engaging music. Despite the title, however, it is an unevenly structured work.

The edgy, dramatic “The Incy Wincy Spider" for instance completely deconstructs the children's rhyme into an intriguing, darkly hued and haunting piece. ...

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Dida Pelled: Plays And Sings

Read "Plays And Sings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While no “one size fits all" prescription exists for molding and educating unique artists, some schools seem to have an exceptional track record. A large segment of the who's who of jazz greats from Detroit went through Cass Technical High School and more than a few Texas jazz titans received their education at Booker T. Washington ...

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Shimrit Shoshan: Keep It Movin’

Read "Keep It Movin’" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Paying the proverbial musical dues is part and parcel of a musician's evolution, and an unavoidable experience that can be as trying as it can be rewarding. The common jazz lore takes for granted that doing so in New York puts a musician in an altogether singular phylum in the jazz evolutionary tree. Pianist/composer Shimrit Shoshan ...