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Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell: What We Have In Common

Read "What We Have In Common" reviewed by Jim Olin

Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell combine the immediacy of folk music with the unique twists of jazz. Their guitar playing is nuanced, making the most out of every detail of their performances. Rauh and Mizell both have a knack for focusing on the small things, making each moment special. However, they can also work on the ...

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Michael Eaton: Dialogical

Read "Dialogical" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A saxophonist and composer with uncommon ambition, Michael Eaton seems to recognize no limits whatsoever on his craft. He's played in virtually every style imaginable: free improvisation, Latin jazz, post-bop, classical, reggae and rock, just to scratch the surface--and he keeps company with a cross-section of today's cutting-edge players, including James Brandon Lewis, Michael Attias and ...

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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's not stretching the imagination to wonder where and how New York City fits the myriad of excellent jazz players who call the city home. They come, gratefully, from everywhere, bringing with them fresh ideas, odd twists on the tried and true and a creative energy that lights this most fertile diaspora.

Making comparisons ...

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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Brad Whiteley has had a lot of varied experiences in his career. He has played with rock artists like Regina Spektor and David Byrne and improvisers like Dave Liebman and Cameron Mizell. He's also worked on film soundtracks and played in the pit band of a Broadway show. That eclecticism is reflected in Presence--his second ...

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Charlie Rauh: Viriditas

Read "Viriditas" reviewed by Jim Olin

New York City-based composer/guitarist Charlie Rauh has a special take on his music, focused on the avant-garde side of jazz. His sound is laced with intriguing melodies and dynamic rhythms, inspired by genres as diverse as experimental and free improvisation, to mention a few. This eclectic and diverse creative approach that Rauh is able to introduce ...

Cameron Mizell: Memory/Imagination

Read "Memory/Imagination" reviewed by Jim Olin

Cameron Mizell's new album, Memory/Imagination, is an exciting collection of tracks that will spark the imagination and win over the heart. The composer/guitarist is certainly consistent in crafting records that are avant-garde and improvisational while stimulating emotionally. It's a creative balance that isn't easily achievable; many other artists veer too much towards one side. However, Mizell ...

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Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

After having established himself amongst the leading modern Jazz-guitar voices with remarkably ambitious 2014 release Rush , Brooklyn-Born Tom Guarna returns leading an all-star quartet comprised of drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist John Cowherd on the inspired The Wishing Stones, sonically carrying forth what had defined the last record. While Rush saw Guarna ...

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Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

An unfortunate reality for too many musicians--even those who are well-known--is that most of their audiences are aware of but a portion of their true work...their fullest capabilities. Recordings only tell part of the story, since artists often tour with groups that are never documented. And even those tours, for those fortunate enough to experience them, ...

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Charlie Rauh: Viriditas

Read "Viriditas" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

With each new project, guitarist Charlie Rauh redefines the parameters of “intimate" as a musical concept. Viriditas is no different. He cradles this set of eight originals, recorded over a brief session in the south of France, like the newborn nephew to whom “Augustine" is dedicated. Even without the backstory, its promise of new life is ...

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Cameron Mizell: Negative Spaces

Read "Negative Spaces" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A whole bunch of very accomplished guitarists out there have styles can be described cursorily as lying within a triangle that has John Scofield, Pat Metheny, and Bill Frisell at its vertices. There's nothing wrong with this. Scofield, Metheny, and Frisell are amazing, prolific, and highly influential. And even within these confines, there's a lot of ...