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Lisa Björänge Quintet: Resting Spirit

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The subject matter on Swedish vocalist Lisa Björänge's third album, Resting Spirit, is heavy stuff: difficult relationships, poignant memories, and the daily struggle for personal happiness and peace. But fortunately, Björänge's top- notch quintet brings an invigorating purpose and vitality to these eight tunes, leaving one grateful for having plumbed their emotional depths, since a confident ...

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Benny Benack III: One of a Kind

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Although he's got fine chops as a trumpeter, Benny Benack III also has serious ambition as a vocalist, as demonstrated on his first record as a leader, One of a Kind. It takes a good deal of self-confidence to pull off such a feat, and to his credit Benack does an admirable job of it. When ...

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Dan Bruce's Beta Collective: Earthshine

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On the first listen, it's easy to fall under the sway of the sweetness of Dan Bruce's silky guitar tone, only to miss the substance at the heart of his music. Just as similar guitarists like Ben Monder or Kurt Rosenwinkel possess a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that ...

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Jeong Lim Yang: Déjà Vu

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On her excellent debut record, Déjà Vu, bassist Jeong Lim Yang proves that there's more than one way to make a first impression on a listener. Rather than taking the obvious route with up-tempo workouts or deviously complex compositions, Yang is content to carve out plenty of open space for her music to breathe. Her graceful ...

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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: Jersey

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When it comes to the boundary-stretching spirit that has become so widespread among many of today's leading jazz musicians, drummer Mark Guiliana deserves credit for being one of the most enthusiastic embodiments of this attitude. He has a longstanding passion for electronic music, as heard especially on the releases on his own Beat Music label (2014's ...

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Adam Larson: Second City

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The first thing one notices when listening to tenor saxophonist Adam Larson's latest release, Second City, is the torrent of notes coming out of his horn, seemingly in unstoppable waves. But Larson's got a lot more to offer than just impeccable chops. He possesses a rhythmic sophistication and compositional cleverness that should help him distinguish himself ...

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Jane Ira Bloom: Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

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When you think about it, it's not that hard to see the affinity between soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and Emily Dickinson. Despite their fame coming from two different artistic worlds (although not completely different, as it turns out, as Dickinson was apparently a talented pianist), they do have a good deal in common. Bloom is ...

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Leonor Falcón: Imaga Mondo

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Violinist Leonor Falcón takes a leap into the realm of the fantastical with her debut record, Imaga Mondo--literally, “Imaginary World" in Esperanto. Having long inhabited disparate musical territories, including classical stints with the Sirius Quartet and other chamber ensembles as well as her work with jazz musicians like Akua Dixon and Karl Berger, she's well-positioned to ...

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Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

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Pianist Garry Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts," on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Porter, 1993). Their latest, Rediscovered Ellington, is of course an ...

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Chris McCarthy: Sonder

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You won't find too many jazz musicians eager to cover post-punk stalwarts Deerhoof on their debut record, as keyboardist Chris McCarthy does on Sonder. But maybe McCarthy's not too interested in being regarded as just a “jazz musician." If anything, the cross-genre creativity on display here suggests that McCarthy is trying to make music beyond category--and ...


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