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Dan Banks Quintet: Simulated Cities

Read "Simulated Cities" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Simulated Cities, the second recording by British pianist Dan Banks' well-schooled quintet, consists of seven original compositions by the leader, the bulk of which call to mind the storied hard-bop conclaves of the mid 20th century while enwrapping the music in an up-to-date wardrobe tailored to accommodate today's more sophisticated and savvy audiences. Once past the ...

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The Dan Banks Quintet: Two in a Box

Read "Two in a Box" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Two in a Box, British pianist Dan Banks' quintet revisits a Golden Age in jazz when hard bop was king and record labels like Prestige and Blue Note delivered the latest sounds to an astute and appreciative audience. Without mimicry, Banks reimagines the indomitable spirit of such masters as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, ...

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Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project: Rumba Con Flores

Read "Rumba Con Flores" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Short--at just 32 minutes and eight tracks--and straight to the point, Rumba Con Flores is an assured debut from Eliane Correa. The young keyboardist, composer and arranger recorded the album in Havana and London over a three year period (then mixed and mastered it in Madrid), working with a fine array of musicians who prove themselves ...