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Coalescence: Coalescence 2

Read "Coalescence 2" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Coalescence is a suitably titled ensemble from New York City, its namesake rings true. Each member is a seasoned player in his own right, playing in various ensembles, but together they congeal and offer a coalesced sound. Their debut offering Coalescence (Self-Produced, 2013) gathered together like-minded friends. In 2018, Coalescence recorded their second album Coalescence 2 ...

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Kenny Shanker: Action City

Read "Action City" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Saxophonist Kenny Shanker was eight years post-graduation before recording his debut album, Steppin' Up, which took another two years to get its 2011 release on Posi-tone records. So admirers of the New York based musician could be forgiven for not expecting album number two quite so soon. But here it is, Action City: released just 17 ...

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Russ Nolan: Tell Me

Read "Tell Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While saxophonist Russ Nolan's move from Chicago to New York in 2002 was an important turning point in his career, his subsequent immersion in the New York Salsa dancing world has had an even greater impact on his music. Nolan learned to free his body and his mind to the effects of the rhythms as they ...

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Josh Levinson: Chauncey Street

Read "Chauncey Street" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


In Chauncey Street Brooklyn-based trumpeter/educator, Josh Levinson and his sextet return to the tight camaraderie, inventive soloing and captivating themes that characterized the Blue Note sound of the 1950s and '60s.That Levinson is greatly influenced by Freddie Hubbard is evident throughout, the record even containing the intricate and memorable “For Freddie." On this and ...

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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


New Directions could signify a paradigm shift for alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan's eighteen-piece Björkestra, a unit dedicated to performing arrangements of Icelandic pop vocalist Björk. Sullivan goes back to his fundamental mainstream jazz roots on the lyrically rich New Directions, assembled with memorable comps and sterling interplay from his quartet. Sullivan's vocal-like tonalities and muscular alto ...

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Travis Sullivan: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Travis Sullivan's New Directions, his Posi-Tone debut, is a rewarding trip through a mix of strong, self-penned, tunes and an unusual combination of covers. The saxophonist leads his quartet with style, emphasizing musicality and emotional engagement over displays of technique, and creating a sparkly collection that emphatically establishes his talents as a composer as well as ...


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