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B. J. Ward & Donn Trenner: Double Feature

Read "Double Feature" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Actress, film animator, narrator and prolific singer, B.J. Ward reunites with pianist Donn Trenner an old musical partner, to record their second album together forty years after their first collaboration. The film-themed Double Feature takes a trip down memory lane offering eleven love songs from old movies and one original. Ward and Trenner are no strangers ...

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Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

Read "Radio Music Society" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

If there's to be an unofficial ambassador for contemporary jazz then Esperanza Spalding could fit the bill nicely. The young bassist, singer, and composer brings a fresh exuberance marked by prodigious talent; honoring those who have paved the way, yet seeking to pursue her own path. Whether receiving the 2011 Grammy for “Best New Artist" or ...

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Mia Vermillion: Alone Together With the Blues

Read "Alone Together With the Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Mia Vermillion has a big vocal presence. She sings with the wild abandon of Janis Joplin controlled by the fluid precision of Bonnie Bramlett, the gusto of Big Mama Thornton, and the blues foundation of Bessie Smith. She infuses her singing with more humidity than Ma Rainey and more sex than Lena Horn. Tacitly a blues ...


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