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Adison Evans: Meridian

Read "Meridian" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On her second release as a leader, the buoyant Meridian, saxophonist Adison Evans demonstrates remarkable maturity as both a composer and a performer. Evans drew inspiration from the idyllic Tuscan village where she retreated to pen the music that comprises this intriguing album.

The opening title-track sets the mood with the right balance of ...

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Troy Roberts: Nu-Jive Perspective

Read "Nu-Jive Perspective" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though still a pup age-wise, Australian-born saxophonist Troy Roberts has two Grammy nominations under his belt and has shared the stage and studio with luminaries that have defined the musical spectrum, including Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Nu-Jive Perspective, his eighth disc as leader and third with ...

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Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones

Read "Tales & Tones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Troy Roberts is a saxophonist from Australia who has made his way in America working with the likes of Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts and Joey DeFrancesco. On this CD he demonstrates a forceful saxophone sound married to original ideas in rhythm and tempo.

Roberts' plays deep, swooping sax mostly over tricky, pounding beats set ...

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Troy Roberts: Tales & Tones

Read "Tales & Tones" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts continues to present music that retains a distinctive strength and originality, still vastly rooted in tradition, while firmly grounded in new perspectives. Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, Roberts has received numerous awards including 3 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal, and was the only ...

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KCC Productions Presents Troy Roberts' "Nu-Jive"

KCC Productions Presents Troy Roberts' "Nu-Jive"

Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has won four consecutive Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards, two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, was the only Australian finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, received his first Grammy Nomination Medal, and has shared the stage with greats such ...

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Jazz & Blues Florida September 2012 Online Edition Posted

Jazz & Blues Florida September 2012 Online Edition Posted

The new edition of Jazz & Blues Florida, Florida's best and only free online source for information on live jazz and blues in clubs, concerts and festivals, is now available. Readers throughout Florida and tourists coming from around the world consult this site for information on the increasingly vibrant scene to be found throughout the state. The ...

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Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion: Urban Nature

Read "Urban Nature" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Urban Nature blends elements of modern jazz fusion with percussive Latin jazz rhythms in a highly charged session from master percussionist Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion. The two previous recordings with this very same group, The Magician (Savant, 2007) and And Sammy Walked In (Savant, 2005), both garnished Grammy nominations for the Best Latin ...

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Silvano Monasterios: Unconditional

Read "Unconditional" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Unconditional is pianist and composer Silvano Monasterios' debut album for the Savant label and his fourth effort as a band leader since 1998. Having studied at the University of Miami and being named the “Best Jazz Musician" by the Miami New Times, the Venezuelan-born pianist has chosen to settle in Miami and take advantage of the ...

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Silvano Monasterios: Unconditional

Read "Unconditional" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The word “unconditional" is often associated with love, referencing the feeling that parents have for their children and pets have for their owners, but the word itself isn't limited to use on this topic. In fact, the very meaning of “unconditional" actually addresses a lack of limitations or constraints, as does the music on pianist Silvano ...

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Silvano Monasterios: Unconditional

Read "Unconditional" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Miami pianist Silvano Monasterios' Unconditional doesn't announce its qualities with musical histrionics: it's far subtler than that. This collection of eight original tunes shows craftsmanship, fine improvisation and coherence. Monasterios has constructed a compelling musical statement with an emphasis on composition and attention to detail. This is an entire album, not simply a collection of songs. ...