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Ted Nash and Still Evolved: In the Loop

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Ted Nash and his Still Evolved quintet's thoroughly appealing In the Loop opens with a strong whiff of the early to mid-'60s Blue Note era, as if the wind which filled the sails of Maiden Voyage stirred again to nudge Nash's embarkation. The opening original “Kensington High, with its misty atmosphere of cymbals and snare rolls ...


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The Gauci Trio: We're Comin' Just One Time

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This trio recording led by tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci comes across as a fifty-minute suite of nearly free jazz, rather than eight tracks with their own distinct personalities. Gauci's self-penned liner notes are a good reflection of the music--esoteric and a bit circular, conveying some interesting perspectives on the nature of freedom and form in improvisation, ...


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Kris Davis: The Slightest Shift

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The adjective that comes to mind again and again when listening to this quartet recording by pianist and composer Kris Davis is “refreshing. Much of The Slightest Shift sounds close to free improvisation, but there is also a recurring sense that one is listening to a modern chamber music ensemble. And the initial impression of at ...


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Ulf Wakenius: Notes from the Heart

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In the liner notes to Notes from the Heart, Ulf Wakenius' tribute to the compositions of Keith Jarrett, the Swedish guitarist states, “It's impossible to recreate his music--you can only approach it from a totally different angle. But rather than a radical reworking of Jarrett's music or a reproduction of his far-ranging solo trips, Wakenius has ...


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Pharoah Sanders and Don Cherry: Elevation and Where Is Brooklyn?

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Pharoah Sanders Elevation Impulse-Verve 2006 Don Cherry Where is Brooklyn? Blue Note 2006 Pharoah Sanders' Elevation was recorded in 1973, three years after Sanders' appearance on Alice ...


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Django Reinhardt New York Festival Live at Birdland 2004

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Various Artists Django Reinhardt New York Festival Live at Birdland 2004 2006 The producers of the annual Django Reinhardt New York Festival have followed up the superlative CD drawn from the Festival's 2002 run with a DVD from the 2004 concerts at Birdland. While the DVD leaves a ...


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Sebastian Noelle: Across the River

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Warm, relaxed yet energetic original compositions dominate guitarist Sebastian Noelle's inviting album Across the River. Much of that warmth and relaxation comes from Noelle's fuzzy, rich harmonies and melodies that ring out with slight reverb and distortion. Much of the energy comes from some of the most exciting players on the New York scene today: Ari ...


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Toru Dodo: Dodo 3

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Toru Dodo's name may not be at the top of people's lists of riveting jazz pianists--yet--but with recordings like Dodo3, such recognition could come soon enough. The album is full of catchy compositions that showcase Dodo's individual, unique and modern voice; his acrobatic trio mates--Joseph Lepore on bass and Rodney Green on drums--fly around complicated structures ...


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Keyboard Fantasy: Orientation and Solo

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Greg Murphy Orientation Murphasaurus 2006 Gonzalo Rubalcaba Solo Blue Note 2006 Pianist Greg Murphy's Orientation contains attractive original tunes delivered by a top-notch mainstream quintet. It opens ...


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Fred Hersch: In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis

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This live recording offers an exquisite sixty minutes of solo piano. In a mix of originals and standards, Fred Hersch's relaxed and loose approach (he didn't know he was being recorded) yields tunes that feel comfortably deconstructed--the ballads especially have a spacious air to them--and freshly re-imagined. Hersch's own voice is always paramount. It's as if, ...


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