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Chris Foreman: Now Is The Time

Read "Now Is The Time" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

As the house organist at the legendary The Green Mill as well as a member of various ensembles Chris Foreman is one of Chicago's unsung jazz heroes. As a sideman Foreman has marked several recordings with his soulful, earthy grooves and, finally he has released an album under his own name. On his much-anticipated debut Now ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Now is the Time

Read "Now is the Time" reviewed by Eugene Holley, Jr.

An accepted kernel of jazz historiography states that cats who play what has ultimately become smooth jazz play it because they can't play the real music. But even back in the day--specifically the seventies--this wasn't true across the board, as evidenced by the undeniable chops of Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Sample, and Philly-born keyboardist ...

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Jeff Lorber Fusion: Now Is The Time

Read "Now Is The Time" reviewed by James Nadal

Only a handful of pioneering musicians can adapt the perception of fusion jazz into a contemporary mindset and make it palatable. With the release of Now Is The Time . Keyboardist Jeff Lorber demonstrates why he has maintained his stature and reputation, while producing music which is easy on the ears and accessible to a broad ...

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Alex Blake: Now Is The Time

Read "Now Is The Time" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Randy Weston’s secret is revealed on this live date from New York’s Knitting Factory. But anyone who has seen the tall pianist knows his rhythm secret is Alex Blake. The Panamanian-born, New York-raised bassist started out with Mongo Santamaria and toured with Sun Ra and Dizzy Gillespie. For the past decade he has been touring and ...

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Barbara Adamson: Now Is the Time

Read "Now Is the Time" reviewed by Dave Nathan

By ordinary standards, Barbara Adamson has taken up the tools of jazz relatively late in her vocal career. Now in her late 30's, Now Is the Time is her debut album. Adamson has chosen a play list of standards sprinkled with a couple of Bop tunes. A heavy diet of familiar material notwithstanding, she freshens it ...

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Barbara Adamson: Now Is The Time

Read "Now Is The Time" reviewed by Joel Roberts

San Francisco-area vocalist Barbara Adamson's approach to jazz is straightforward and straight-ahead. Her debut recording, Now Is the Time , is a relaxed, confident effort that demonstrates the (too-often overlooked) value of restraint and moderation in jazz singing.

Relying on a clear, expressive voice and dramatic reading of lyrics, Adamson, backed by a fine trio (plus ...