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Addison Frei

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Ever since Addison Frei (“Fry”) began playing piano professionally at age ten in local restaurants around Lawrence, Kansas, he has garnered accolades far beyond his years. The New York-based pianist has won first prize in several competitions including the 2017 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition, the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has released two albums on Armored Records, Intentions (2014) and Transit (2016), featuring frequent collaborator and Manhattan Transfer co-founder Janis Siegel

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Our Highway

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: American Whispers: Pines; Alice in Promisedland; American Whispers: Streams—An Old Church; Where Is Your Wealth?; Gig Life—American Whispers: Mountains; The Farmer’s Reason.

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Where Is your Wealth

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Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
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Kristiana Roemer: House of Mirrors

Read "House of Mirrors" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Kristiana Roemer is a young German singer whose voice has a lilt and plush texture reminiscent of Annette Peacock. On this, her first album, she uses her intriguing sound in the service of both conventional jazz tunes and floating, airy pieces which border on art songs. Most of the material here is her own writing, though ...

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Cowboys & Frenchmen: Our Highway

Read "Our Highway" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Okay, the name may be rather out of the ordinary (Cowboys & Frenchmen?), but once past that, what remains is a burnished New York City-based quintet whose music might best be described as decidedly liberated and contemporary. This isn't “free" jazz wherein each member of the group goes his own separate way; there is, however, a ...

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House of Mirrors

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: House of Mirrors; Beauty is a Wound; Virgin Soil; Deine Hände; Dark Night Of The Soul; Manchmal; Lullaby For N.; Sugar; Duke Ellington's Sound of Love.

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Truth

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Hudson; What If; Here’s That Rainy Day; Frost; Red; On a Clear Day; The Last Hour of February; It Could Happen to You.

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Elegant Traveler

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: It's All Right With Me; Kindling; Center Of The Universe; It Might As Well Be Spring; Change Of Plans; A Fleeting Moment; Argyle; In A Daydream; The Game Changer; All Too Soon.

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Realization

Label: D-Clef Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: D is for Dastardly- Comp: Chris Glassman; In You Own Head: Comp: Altin Sencalar; Impressions- Comp: John Coltrane ARR: Addison Frei; When Reality Sets in- Comp: Altin Sencalar; Nobody Else But Me- ARR: Randy Napoleon; It's No Wonder- Comp: Chris Glassman; What Was Good is Good: Comp: Altin Sencalar; The Maze: Comp: Herbie Hancock, ARR: Steve Davis; The Big D: Comp: Michale Dease; Shortcake: JJ Johnson ARR: Jason Hainsworth; Realization: Comp: Chris Glassman Arr: Joseph Herbst.

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Jocelyn Gould: Elegant Traveler

Read "Elegant Traveler" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The first thing that attracts attention on Elegant Traveler, Jocelyn Gould's debut as a leader, is her guitar's tone. The sound she coaxes from the instrument has a profound effect on the music as a whole, yet it remains intimate, unpretentious and disarming. Whether Gould is playing a melody, improvising, or offering sparse accompaniment, it is ...


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