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Dan Siegel: Origins

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Keyboard ace Dan Siegel's music has “contemporary chic" written all over it. Having worked a smooth seam for decades and crafted a fair amount of music for television and film, he knows a thing or two about putting together a tight arrangement, pulling from different stylistic sources, contracting the right players for a job, and producing ...

Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins: Simbiose

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Symbiosis, referring to a mutually advantageous connection between two parties, is most certainly the proper word to sum up this duo date. Back in the summer of 2015, Brazilian guitarists Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins took to the quiet confines of a studio in São Paulo and spun out these nine organic beauties. To hear their ...

John Proulx: Say It

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This fourth date from John Proulx clearly marks a new chapter in his career. After delivering three albums on the now-defunct MAXJAZZ imprint, and after a hiatus from recording under his own name, this triple-threat vocalist-pianist-composer returns with his first independently-produced offering. The music spotlights a man who's grown more comfortable in his skin and lived ...

Edward Simon with Afinidad & Imani Winds: Sorrows & Triumphs

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Pianist Edward Simon's sensitivity, eloquence, strength, and intelligence stand in full view throughout this gorgeous collection of material plucked from two different suites. “Sorrows and Triumphs," the older of the two, which draws inspiration from Simon's study of Buddhism, first surfaced in 2009. “House of Numbers," taking cues from numerology and weaving cross-cultural implications into its ...

Roger Kellaway Trio: New Standards Vol. 3

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Trumpeter Carl Saunders is best known for his contributions to jazz orchestras, having put his mighty horn to good use for Stan Kenton, Bill Holman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Gerald Wilson, and numerous other big band leaders of note over the past half-century. Yet his work as a composer may end up being his lasting legacy. ...

Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers

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Milestone birthdays deserve major events. And so we have Franco Ambrosetti's Cheers, a star-studded seventy-fifth birthday celebration that's both a walk down memory lane with friends and a stroll over different terrain for the man of the moment.

In January of 2017, just over a month after Ambrosetti's actual birthday, the septuagenarian starring ...

David Ake: Humanities

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Pianist David Ake is a tough man to pin down. With Bridges (Posi-Tone, 2013) he took on the form of label outlier and pathfinder, breaking away from Posi-Tone's radio-friendly album format with a series of outward bound excursions; on Lake Effect (Posi-Tone, 2015) he offered a cooler alternative that proved ruminative in many of its pursuits; ...

The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City

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Brass band music and culture will forever be linked to NOLA. It's written in that storied locale's history and it rests in its musical groundwater and roots. But This City reminds us that those roots now anchor branches that hang above the past and extend north across the continent.

While hardly bound by ...

Andrew Distel: It Only Takes Time

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When is the right time to release an album? That's a tough question, and a great one to open up for debate. But when you strip away all potential concerns both large and small, the answer stares you in the face: now is the right time. If the music is there, why wait? That's the honest ...

Kurt Elling: The Questions

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How does one grapple with existence and its juxtaposition against the present state of affairs? That's the question that hangs heaviest over The Questions. While vocalist Kurt Elling didn't come into this production with a theme in mind, he discovered a through line in the act of wrestling with difficulties and dreams in this age of ...