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Kaveh Rastegar: Light Of Love

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Kaveh Rastegar's name might not register with many people, but a significant number of music fans from different camps have likely heard his low-end thrumming on bass and experienced the power of his work. The anchoring element for artists as dissimilar as John Legend and Beck, the creative weight ballasting the music of the pioneering post-fusion ...

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Marty Elkins: Fat Daddy

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The jazz world is full of singers who deserve a higher profile than they have, and Marty Elkins is most certainly one of them. This trad-jazz true believer and pliantly phrasing charmer has a way with words and an appreciation for the finer things in sound and song. Some might call her an aural antiquarian, but ...

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Myriad3: Vera

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Vera, the fourth album from the Toronto-based trio collective Myriad3, is a fascinating example of how fastidious design principles and shrewdly executed extemporization can truly complement and even counterpoise one another. There's serious attention to detail in each of these ten pieces, but the music benefits greatly from its embrace of uncertainties and creative expression(s).

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David Ambrosio: Four On The Road

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On the surface it might not make much sense for a trio album to be dubbed Four On The Road, but there's a story behind that fuzzy math. In 2015, while on the road in Spain touring in support of his previous trio date, Gone (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2014), bassist David Ambrosio encountered the pixelated ...

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Itai Kriss and Telavana: Itai Kriss and Telavana

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A good seven thousand miles separate the Middle East and the Caribbean, but are they truly that far apart? With flutist Itai Kriss and his band, Telavana, spanning the two, that distance seems to vanish.

Kriss, a native Israeli, has spent the past fifteen years immersed in the scene in his adopted home ...

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Stefon Harris & Blackout: Sonic Creed

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In its most basic function, the music that makes up Sonic Creed serves as a mirror to African American life in the here and now. It explores the history, legacy, struggles, and joys of the Black community, speaking to all of it at once through sound and sentiment.

Sonic Creed arrives almost a ...

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John Pittman: Kinship

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The ineluctable charms of John Pittman's music may very well be connected to the sense of fellow feeling he projects on this, his debut album. For in these eight songs, the Canadian trumpeter promotes a sense of togetherness and unity that cuts not only to the title at hand, but also to the very core of ...

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Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner: Faroe

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While tenor saxophone heavy Mark Turner has toured with guitarist Mikkel Ploug's quartet for approximately a decade, the unique musical alliance developed between this pair has never before received such a high degree of attention. With Faroe, Ploug presents thirteen original compositions written or rearranged specifically to telescope their bond(s), explore the very essence of the ...

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Carol Liebowitz/Bill Payne: Spiderwebmandala

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Spiderwebmandala is an album that miraculously manages to simultaneously capitalize on the concepts of connectivity and detachment, toying with a form of polarity tied to the very notion of togetherness and using it as the ultimate artistic tool.

Having worked together since 2010, pianist Carol Liebowitz and clarinetist Bill Payne are more than ...

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Danny Green Trio Plus Strings at Heckscher Park

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Danny Green Trio Plus Strings
Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park
Huntington Summer Arts Festival
Huntington, NY
August 3, 2018

While Long Island's Huntington Summer Arts Festival doesn't hold status as a jazz feast per se, the music most certainly plays a significant role on its calendar. The not-so-distant past ...