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Kevin Eubanks: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's a shame that so few people only know guitarist Kevin Eubanks as the always-smiling, lick-delivering bandleader and guitar sidekick on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was sharing the stage with drummer Art Blakey and recording with drummer Billy Hart long before he ever did the daily grind in television studios, but time has ...

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Nick Moran Trio: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In questo album di esordio del chitarrista Nick Moran tutto profuma di anni sessanta. Dalle foto di copertina alla strumentazione in trio con organo e batteria che ricorda i mitici album Blue Note con Grant Green, Jack McDuff, Larry Young e tanti altri. Persino i tratti somatici del leader sembrano riportarci a quegli anni ricchi di fermenti non ...

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Nick Moran Trio: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Nick Moran's debut recording is squarely in the category of the guitar/organ/drum trio. The instrument mainly featured is the guitar, not the organ, which is given enough solo space, but generally adopts more of a supporting role.

Moran's trio consists of Argentinian organist Ed Withrington, who also relocated with his family to Scotland and Mexico, and ...

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Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Nic Jones

If these players are indeed looking towards new horizons, as the band's name suggests, then they're doing so from a vantage point rooted in the past, and their view of the past is of a worthwhile order. If a great many musicians regard it as something worthy only of the most submissive reverence, these guys view ...

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Valery Ponomarev: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It’s been quite some time since Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev defected from his native land in order to play jazz in America. Landing a gig with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers almost immediately, Ponomarev has gone on to practice the jazz tradition while being documented on a distinguished series of dates for the Reservoir label. ...

Valery Ponomarev: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Valery Ponomarev’s latest release, The Messenger, reminds us that he still is a leading jazz trumpet player who has remained consistent through his years on the scene. His tone is still as bright as ever, and his licks are entirely appropriate for the solos he improvises, and his presence elevates the sidemen who work with him. ...

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Michael Thomas: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Willard Jenkins

For DC-based trumpeter Michael Thomas this initial release is the result of a true labor of love. Not one to wait for a record label to come knocking at his door, Thomas seized the initiative himself, not only starting his own label and releasing his own debut disc, but also developing his own home studio to ...

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Kurt Elling: The Messenger

Read "The Messenger" reviewed by Jim Santella

Kurt Elling is different. He rants. In the liners, the singer defines the term to mean “improvising both the melody and lyrics simultaneously." With saxophonist Ed Peterson conversin', Elling shouts unrelated words and phrases as they pop into his mind. “Icebergs." “Viruses." “Planets." “Ice cream." Peterson is improvising, Elling is shouting, and he is also crooning ...