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Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the period of 2017-2018, the leading avant-garde and free jazz pianist Matthew Shipp performed and recorded in a variety of small group settings. Often, he was paired with reed players such as Allen Lowe, Mat Walerian, Daniel Carter, Roscoe Mitchell and on an astounding dozen albums with Ivo Perelman. But it is in solo piano ...

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Heine Hansen Trio: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Heine Hansen is a moderately talented Danish jazz pianist who, to fit the age, is being billed as eco-friendly. The liner notes, for this, his first album, are titled “The Green Groove" and kick off with a quote from Van Morrison: “Rave on, Walt Whitman, nose down in wet grass."

Next minute we ...

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Roni Ben-Hur: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The person and musician who is Roni Ben-Hur comes shining through on Signature. The record so full of joy that it is easy to just sit back, relax and enjoy a hour's worth of fine music--and it's much more than just good playing. The late pianist John Hicks, a pro's pro if there ever was one, ...

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Jo: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Within traditional jazz, piano-bass duets tend to be enacted under the leadership of the keyboardist - the bassist grounding the pianist in a way they would not be playing solo. Duets of any configuration in the avant-garde decry any idea of leader-sideman. This explains the many bass-led duets, a concept alien to hard bop circles, of ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

The gap between Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald is wide, a fact that Ann Hampton Callaway has no doubt discovered. Ms. Callaway began her career in the early 1980s as a rich-voiced, highly musical cabaret singer with a preference for intensely dramatic ballads. In the mid-90s, she changed directions and embraced vocal jazz. Although some of ...

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Ann Hampton Callaway: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Dave Nathan

With each release, cabaret singer, Broadway performer and apparently soon to become TV star with her own show on PPBS, Ann Hampton Callaway amazes with her versatility. Becoming even more adventurous than ever on this latest release with a play list that brims with interesting and varied material, from the Vocalese gem, “Twisted", made famous by ...