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The Adam Larson Band: Listen With Your Eyes

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Adam Larson may hail initially from Normal (Illinois), but there is absolutely nothing typical or average, in terms of style or ability, about the now-Kansas-City-based saxophonist. He has gathered a trio with comparable strengths and, behind his towering tenor, they create a showcase of prime progressive jazz.

The ride begins with “Sleepers," a shape-shifting ...

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Shalosh: Onwards and Upwards Indeed

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Shalosh is the Hebrew word for “three," and also a powerhouse piano trio from jny: Jerusalem with a dynamic rhythm section featuring drummer Matan Assayag and bassist David Michaeli with Gadi Stern on the keys. The group formed in 2014 when Stern and Assayag, who've known each other since childhood, joined with Michaeli for the trio's ...

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Sena Jazz Laureates at Amersfoort Jazz 2019

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Sena Performers International Jazz Laureates
Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz
Amersfoort, Netherlands
May 23-26, 2019

Immersed in a plethora of already known Western European performers, the Amersfoort Jazz Festival also provides Dutch audiences with multiple stages that nurture and introduce new acts while allowing many relatively younger artists to refine ...

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Mike Clark: Indigo Blue Live at the Iridium

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Mike Clark has basically spent the entire seven decades of his life keeping the beat, including over fifty years of drumming with the best musicians in the business. Thus it should be no surprise that this project features a quintet that measures up to damn near anybody.

Many aficionados share the opinion that live ...

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Jonathan Greenstein: Vol 3

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Some of the freshest jazz to be found sometimes orbits outside typical trajectories. That is the case here with Greenstein, whose Vol 3 EP wasn't released on a major label but compares quite favorably to higher profile albums from more recognized sources.

Greenstein, on saxophone and keyboards, is a relatively new voice, setting a ...

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary at Cologne Philharmonie

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary
Cologne Philharmonie
Eight Bridges Festival
Cologne, Germany
May 11, 2019

The Eight Bridges Festival is an eclectic mix of provocative presentations taking place throughout Cologne. Concerts, dance and drama occur on typical stages or in unique urban locations. Spectators enjoy bands, ...

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Michael Whalen: Fire Brigade

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Michael Whalen is a versatile, accomplished keyboardist whose professional focus has been film and especially television soundtracks that earned him a pair of Emmy Awards and includes the Good Morning America theme. Promotional material describes this project as the long-contemplated culmination of his desire to create a jazz-fusion album along the lines of early influences like ...

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

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Sometimes it's not so much who's doing the playing as how well they play together. Just as some bands seem to perform beyond their individual skill sets, there have been heavily heralded, much hyped “super groups" that amounted to almost nothing of substance.

In the case of 4 Wheel Drive, a quartet consisting of ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

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Throughout two decades worth of previous releases, trumpeter Scott aTunde Adjuah has proved to be a master of his horn and an artist of soulfully ignited passions. With this album, the 35-year old multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans should add further accolades to his already sterling reputation.

He defines current endeavors as “a map to ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

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James Brandon Lewis has been climbing the current jazz pantheon for a good while now. This deserving project should elevate the 36-year old tenor saxophonist from Buffalo even higher in the ranks.

Backed by the usual collaborators in his touring trio (drummer Warren Trae Crudup III, bassist Luke Stewart) and a pair of familiar ...