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Steve Slagle: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran reed player Steve Slagle delivers another exciting jazz album in this sequel to Alto Manhattan (Panorama Records, 2016). The core band is much the same: pianist Lawrence Fields, drummer Bill Stewart, and Roman Diaz playing conga and percussion on several tracks. Frequent playing partner Scott Colley joins in on bass, and the special guest is ...

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Steve Slagle: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Steve Slagle is one of those players that's often overlooked yet hard to forget. Why this sixty-five-year-old saxophonist who's constantly bringing energy and a spirit of exploration to the fore doesn't get the ink or marquees that come to his musical peers ten years his senior or several decades his junior is something of a head-scratcher. ...

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Matija Dedić: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Croatian pianist Matija Dedic opens his Dedicated with the extraordinarily lovely and wistful “Symphoetetic Waltz." Saxophonist  Chris Cheek's sweet saxophone floats like an angel over this chamber jazz esthetic. Pianist Dedic tells this--and all of the stories on the disc--with a crystal clear clarity. Upping the chamber jazz mood, cellist Noah Hoffeld enters on “His Visit" ...

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Justin Kauflin: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Al debutto autoprodotto di quattro anni fa (Introducing Justin Kauflin) il pianista di Silver Spring fa seguire un nuovo album con poche variazioni stilistiche e d'organico. Ritroviamo il fresco ed elegante modern mainstream eseguito in piano trio e in quartetto con chitarra. Fanno il loro ingresso nuovi partner accanto ai consueti Billy Williams alla batteria ed ...

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Misha Tsiganov: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Relocating to New York City from Russia in the early '90s, pianist Misha Tsiganov extended his studies at the Berklee College of Music and has since gained steam as a solo artist, session ace and TV composer, among other projects. With prominent Russian artists including bassist/Grammy Award-winner Boris Kozlov and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin also calling The ...

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Wayne Wallace: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fascinatin' rhythms are the common denominator on composer/trombonist Wayne Wallace's second album, Dedication, which alludes to the word's definition as “single-minded, tenacious or devoted. In other words, it is a salute to the countless hours of hard work and practice that enable musicians to express themselves and convey the language of jazz.

To underscore his purpose ...

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The Ian Pearce Big Band: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Most American jazz enthusiasts, if pressed to name a world-class British big band, would likely invoke the hallowed name of Ted Heath. Ask them to name another and you'd probably draw a blank stare. If, however, anyone were to answer with the name Ian Pearce, you'd have to jury-rig a fanfare and award him or her ...

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Bill Stevens: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Russ Musto

Dedications (plural) would be a more appropriate title for this collection of ten compositions by trumpeter/composer Bill Stevens honoring some of his most important influences, including trumpeters Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and Miles Davis, as well as pianists/composer/arrangers Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Performed by a sextet of less widely ...

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Stu Goldberg: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Stu Goldberg cut his teeth working with some of the leading fusion practitioners of the day including Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell and Wayne Shorter. He also has an impressive list of credits for TV and film scores. For his latest recording endeavor as a leader, his fifth since 1982, Goldberg returns to the original ...

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Duke Pearson: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by David Rickert

The jazz scene is replete with artists who died before they were able to realize the extent of their capabilities; Dick Twardzik, Booker Little, and Scott LaFaro were prodigious talents whose small recorded output gives us only a glimpse of the enormous talent each possessed. Add to this list Willie Wilson, whose sole performance on record ...