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George Kahn: DreamCatcher

Read "DreamCatcher" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

George Kahn is another one of those talented West Coast jazz pianists, in the fashion of Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly. His recorded output presents a sound with a clean, bright polish, and an engaging, easy swing. Each of his previous discs shines a light on the beauty of the mainstream, especially ...

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Tara Minton: Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid

Read "Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid" reviewed by John Eyles

Born in Melbourne, Australia, but resident in London since 2011, Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and song writer who straddles the boundary between jazz and contemporary composition. She has an interestingly eclectic musical history; she previously played with Melbourne Opera for some years and also toured with Björk. Please Do Not Ignore the Mermaid is ...

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Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

Read "Slipknots Through a Looking Glass" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, bassist Eric Revis helms a five strong unit to experimental ends juxtaposing emotionally ambiguous abstraction with gut punch drive. To cover the bases he unites saxophonists Bill McHenry and Darius Jones from the quartet which waxed In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed, 2014), with the pianist Kris Davis ...

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Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

Read "Budapest Concert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Burdened as it is by the news that, due to two strokes suffered in 2018, Keith Jarrett's glorious art of live composition is all but over, Budapest Concert has some serious heavy lifting to do. Triumphant and transcendent, it rises to the grand occasion and leaves the listener marveling at how any artist, of any age, ...

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Fahir Atakoglu: For Love

Read "For Love" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran international recording artist Fahir Atakoglu delivers his eighteenth album as leader with the audacious For Love, an album which he proclaims: “ ... Is all about love." And he believes “Everything depends on love." A native of Turkey, this Turkish-American artist is an award-winning composer and pianist whose long and distinguished career has included writing ...

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BK3: Think About It!

Read "Think About It!" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

BK3 is the collective name for a trio of Scotland's finest jazz players—pianist Brian Kellock, bassist Kenny Ellis and drummer John Rae. The three musicians first came together as the rhythm section for the John Rae Collective in 1988 and in the 30 or so years prior to the 2020 release of Think About It! the ...

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Douglas Lee: Themes For Falling Down Stairs

Read "Themes For Falling Down Stairs" reviewed by Skip Heller

There is an alternate universe someplace where the earthshaking jazz event of 1959 is neither Miles Davis' Kind of Blue nor John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic Records), but is instead the release of Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn (RCA Victor). Douglas Lee is probably getting his mail there right now. Lee's Themes ...

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Fred Hersch: Songs From Home

Read "Songs From Home" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

As Fred Hersch is sometimes wont to do, this album is built around a story, some of which is intended, and some of which may be embedded in the pianist's unconscious and manifested in his imagination and the way that he plays. The conscious part is simple, and basically stated in the liner notes. Hersch leaves ...

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Ikue Mori / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura: Prickly Pear Cactus

Read "Prickly Pear Cactus" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Musical collaboration is problematic in Covid-19 times. Rubbing elbows with fellow musicians can translate to positive test results. But the music must roll on. At least that is how electronics wizard/laptopist Ikue Mori, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura feel. Instead of getting together body and soul, the trio decided to swap sound files on ...

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The George Coleman Quintet: In Baltimore

Read "In Baltimore" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Tenor saxophonist George Coleman is an artist who plays with both proficiency and comprehension, but has been under-recognized as a major figure in post-bop jazz. In this Reel To Real 180 gram LP release, co-produced by Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman, Coleman and his cohorts trumpeter Danny Moore, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Larry Ridley and drummer ...


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