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Lizz Wright: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by James Nadal

In reaffirming the adage that you can go home again, Lizz Wright did just that. The songs on Grace reflect a homecoming to the singer's southern heritage--a personal rite of passage to glean inspiration and redefine her musical origins. She revisits her rural Georgia upbringing and Atlanta gospel roots, and finds comfort at her current home ...

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Mark Whitfield: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since his first album as a leader in 1990, guitarist Mark Whitfield has been simultaneously pulled in two directions. Early on, many dubbed him the heir-apparent to George Benson, and on his first several records he offered plenty of evidence to support this assessment with his smooth, laid-back sound and the pop/R&B influences that he readily ...

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Lisa Young Quartet: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Lisa Young Quartet released their third and fourth recordings in close proximity to one another. Of The Eternal Pulse (Self Produced, 2012), colleague Ian Patterson observes of the Melbourne-native Young's influences,

“Young--a student of south Indian music for many years--has developed a hybrid improvisational style that combines the rhythmic contours of konnakol ...

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Michael Dease: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Michael Dease is to the trombone what Harry Allen is to the tenor saxophone. Lyrical, traditional, well-studied and broad based, both artists can equally get their freak on when necessary. Dease's trombone style contains many influences, but like many conservatory-trained musicians, Dease has had the time and practice to develop is own potent voice.

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Michael Dease: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È facile scrivere e fare una sintesi di quello che si ascolta su questa nuova produzione di John Lee per la sua Jazz Legacy Productions: un mainstream di alto livello interpretato da uno dei migliori trombonisti americani (che su “Four" di Miles Davis si diverte a suonare il sax tenore). Michael Dease è un musicista di livello assoluto ...

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Michael Dease: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by Larry Taylor

This could be the break-out album for trombonist Michael Dease, his music and style putting him in the company of trombone legends including Jack Teagarden, J.J. Johnson,. Kai Winding and Curtis Fuller.

On Grace, Dease is anchored by a very able rhythm crew, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Gene ...

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Rachel Z: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

This should have been easy to avoid. During the recording or planning sessions for Grace, Rachel Z's first vocal album, someone should have had the courage to tell her that she just doesn't sing very well. She has tried many different things over the years, to varying degrees of success, so perhaps she figured that singing ...

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David Friesen and Jeff Gardner: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Duet...

Small places, big faces...The smaller and more intimate the jazz combo becomes, the greater the musical distillation and exposure to the elements of the listener. It is always a high-wire act when jazz musicians reduce to a trio or less. The trio offers the bare minimum of a rhythm section of bass and drums and ...