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The Power of the Spirit

Label: Blue Engine Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Welcome; The IT Department; The Soul Messenger; For Phineas (Intro); For Phineas; Tales of the Elephant and Butterfly; Good Intentions (learn our names, say them right); Thank You Betsy; The Power of the Spirit.

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Article: Year in Review

Neil Duggan's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Neil Duggan's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Neil Duggan


With a continual flow of interesting releases, 2023 was the gift that kept on giving. Many of these releases were forged during the pandemic, many as a result of the freedom to fully interact with other musicians again and get back to the serious business of creating and entertaining. Whatever the drivers, both up-and-coming artists and ...

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Article: Six Picks

May 2023

Read "May 2023" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Isaiah J. Thompson The Power of the Spirit Blue Engine Records 2023 Since finishing second in 2018's Thelonious Monk competition, pianist Isaiah J. Thompson has established a particularly convincing profile as one of New York's most promising keyboard artists, while his recordings have been at home on Jazz at Lincoln Center's ...

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Article: Album Review

Isaiah J. Thompson: The Power of the Spirit

Read "The Power of the Spirit" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Isaiah J. Thompson is one of the leading pianists of his generation. In 2023, 25-year-old has a background that is already hugely impressive. This includes his debut album as a leader, Isaiah J. Thompson Plays the Music of Buddy Montgomery (WJ3), in 2020. His accolades have included earning the 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, second ...

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The Democracy! Suite

Label: Blue Engine Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Be Present; Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize (Black Lives Matter); Ballot Box Bounce; That Dance That We Do; Deeper Than Dreams; Out Amongst the People (For J Bat); It Come 'Round 'Gin; Tjat's When All Will See.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration

Read "A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration pairs two former cultural wunderkids transformed into cultural elder statesmen by their consistent, enduring excellence: The music of Children Television Workshop's Sesame Street, which bedazzled both educators and broadcasters when it premiered in 1969, brought to life in fresh arrangements by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALCO) under the musical ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Democracy! Suite

Read "The Democracy! Suite" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is an interesting generational divide in perception when it comes to the music of Wynton Marsalis. While many hail his work at Lincoln Center as elevating jazz to its rightful place among the fine arts, others lament the separation from his iconic quartet and quintet work in the 1980's as some sort of jazz treason. ...

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A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration

Label: Blue Engine Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sesame Street Theme; Rubber Duckie; It Feels Good (When You Sing a Song); Sing After Me; One of These Things; Elmo's Song; I Don't Want to Live on the Moon; Put Down the Duckie; Ladybugs' Picnic; People in Your Neighborhood; Pinball Number Count; Believe in Yourself; Sing.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: The Music of Wayne Shorter

Read "The Music of Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


As a saxophonist, founding member of Weather Report and member of Miles Davis' second great acoustic quintet, it won't be hard to find Wayne Shorter's name in the pages of modern jazz history. But the massive The Music of Wayne Shorter highlights a sometimes-overlooked element of Shorter's musicianship: His ability to compose, which has contributed “Footprints," ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays II

Read "Big Band Holidays II" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band Holiday concerts, featuring the JALC Orchestra with Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and guests, are a welcome addition to New York City holiday jazz traditions. Big Band Holidays II presents the second set of live recordings from these concerts beginning from 2015, the year that the JALC Orchestra released ...


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