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Francis Hon: Before Dawn

Read "Before Dawn" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Taiwanese pianist Francis Hon didn't plan on becoming a jazz musician. But, during his doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Texas, he met Jeff Hellmer, Director of Jazz Studies at the university, and that connection initiated Hon's pathway into the world of jazz--one he further explored during an eventual move to New York ...

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Chaz Lipp: Good Merlin

Read "Good Merlin" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There will always be a place for a recorded standards workout. West Coast alto saxophonist Chaz Lipp and this band the Groove Tripp provide a dandy and durable one with Good Merlin. Lipp leads a crack quartet that accompanies vocalist Sanjaya Malakar on seven solid standards and three tightly constructed and performed originals that include the ...

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Andrew Janak: Borrowed Time

Read "Borrowed Time" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although Lincoln, Nebraska isn't yet ready to announce itself as a bona fide jazz mecca, it is home base for saxophonist Andrew Janak, who recently returned to his alma mater the University of Nebraska to pursue a doctoral degree in music after spending some time honing his craft in Chicago. Borrowed Time is his debut record ...

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Mike Casey: The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door

Read "The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Making his recording debut with much anticipation, saxophonist Mike Casey delivers an inspiring performance on The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door featuring four re-imagined standards from the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Kurt Weill and Jackie Mclean as well as three originals from the band. A graduate of the University of Hartford, ...