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Luis Perdomo: Montage

Read "Montage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The highest praise you can give to a recording by a solo performer is that the music was made just for your ears. Pianist Luis Perdomo's Montage gives just that impression. It's easy to imagine these fifteen tracks were played in your living room, or automobile, for that matter.  After releasing seven discs as ...

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Luis Perdomo: Twenty-Two

Read "Twenty-Two" reviewed by Dave Wayne

There are so many really good jazz piano trio albums bouncing around of late, that it's truly unusual to hear something that stands out these days. The first few tracks of Luis Perdomo's seventh album as a leader, Twenty-Two, are as technically accomplished and downright pretty as anything out there, but they struck me as less ...

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Luis Perdomo: Twenty-Two

Read "Twenty-Two" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In 1993, a twenty-two year old pianist named Luis Perdomo left Venezuela and arrived in New York City, eager to further his education and pursue his musical dreams. Now, twenty-two years later, Perdomo can certainly look back with a sense of accomplishment, having made a significant impact on the scene through his leader dates and important ...

Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Mimi Jones: Balance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Balance is one of three new titles released in February 2014 by Hot Tone Music, the label founded by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones. “Hot Tone Music was created to give chances to those who may have been overlooked and denied the necessary support and knowledge to develop," Jones explains. “Women are a big part of that group, ...

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Shirazette Tinnin: Humility: Purity of My Soul

Read "Humility: Purity of My Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Shirazette Tinnin's debut album Humility: Purity of My Soul is a solid and inventive soul-jazz date that showcases several facets of her talent. In addition to Tinnin's passionate yet subtle and sophisticated handling of her kit the disc demonstrates her compositional creativity and her deft leadership. Tinnin's boldly visceral beats create the stimulating ...

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Camille Thurman: Origins

Read "Origins" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is not just another girl singer accessorizing with a horn. She is a first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place and an accomplished stylist who uses her vocal cords like she does her various woodwinds, with agility and sophistication. Her sophomore effort Origins is a testament ...

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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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Shirazette Tinnin: Humility: Purity of My Soul

Read "Humility: Purity of My Soul" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Drummer/percussionist Shirazette Tinnin releases her Hot Tone recording Humility: Purity of My Soul as part of a sonic shock-and-awe campaign initiated by bassist Mimi Jones with her recording Balance and joined by saxophonist ((Camille Thurman}} and her Origins. Both Jones and Thurman contribute to Tinnin's Humility, making things very much an integrated, house-band affair.

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Camille Thurman: Origins

Read "Origins" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Camille Thurman may have started as a vocalist, but on her Hot Tone debut, Origins, the flexes her breath, blowing through every instrument that transmits wind. Thurman rides the wave created by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones, creator of Hot Tone Records with the release of her Balance (2014). A third artist makes a trio in this flood ...

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Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

NYC-native bassist-raconteur Mimi Jones founded Hot Tone records in 2009, releasing her debut, A New Day. Jones states the label ..."was created to give chances to those who may have been overlooked and denied the necessary support and knowledge to develop." Specifically, and appropriately, the focus of the label has evolved as a resource for women ...


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