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Carol Duboc: Open The Curtains

Read "Open The Curtains" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Jazz vocalist and pianist Carol Duboc delivers her eighth solo album presenting seven vibrant originals and three cover tunes on a set of jazz, R&B, funk and Smooth-styled music on the exciting Open The Curtains. Making this a special recording for Duboc, the singer illuminates the power of women by assembling an all-star, talented cast of ...

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David Ricard Big Band: Holiday Swingin'

Read "Holiday Swingin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Much like last year's Holidays with a Bang!, bassist David Ricard's new big-band album, Holiday Swingin,' does precisely that, seldom pausing for a deep breath while charging through a litany of fourteen seasonal themes both old and new. If much of it seems vaguely familiar, that could be because Ricard has recycled no fewer than nine ...

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David Ricard Big Band: Holidays with a Bang!

Read "Holidays with a Bang!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bang! is an apt description of David Ricard's approach to big-band endeavors in general and holiday music in particular. The bassist / arranger's talented ensemble comes out swinging hard on Holidays with a Bang! and keeps its collective foot on the accelerator throughout this charming laundry list of well-worn seasonal favorites given a fresh new appearance ...

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The Urban Renewal Project: Local Legend

Read "Local Legend" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If high spirits and good humor alone could carry the day, Local Legend, the second album by the California-based Urban Renewal Project, would earn five stars for candor and commitment. The group is comprised of talented musicians (twenty-seven in all) who believe in what they are doing and give every one of the album's nine numbers ...