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Fraction of Infinity

Label: Contour
Released: 2008
Track listing: Rite of Passage; Abena's Last Stand; August (For Karen); The Grind; Gnosis; Friendly Fire; The Healing; Quiet Thoroughfare (For Dad); Symph. No. 5/Dance of The Enchanted; August (For Karen)(alternate instrumental take); Gratitude (For Ma).

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Mark Prince: Fraction of Infinity

Read "Fraction of Infinity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Since early 1995, Mark Prince has been pounding the drums on scores of tour dates and hundreds of recording sessions as a sideman, honing his skills and widening his musical horizons. Fraction of Infinity is his long awaited debut as a leader, and what a first offering it is. A versatile drummer, adept at playing styles ...

Root to the Fruit

Label: Contour
Released: 2007
Track listing: No Hiding Place; Mere Breath; Oh, Freedom; God is My Shepherd; Where?; Dagarth

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ruth Naomi Floyd: Root to the Fruit

Read "Root to the Fruit" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Along with her sidework with instrumentalists Charles Fambrough, Uri Caine and other jazzmen of note, composer/vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd gives voice to her own muse through her own label, Contour Records. Her fifth release continues her longstanding collaboration with pianist James Weidman, known for his accompaniment for vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson. It also features ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ruth Naomi Floyd: Root to the Fruit

Read "Root to the Fruit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Over the course of her two previous recordings, Walk and not be Faint and Fan into Flame, vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd has directly approached Christian spiritual themes in jazz, with better success than other artists in other genres. On Root to the Fruit, Floyd continues her journey in earnest, exploring jazz modes of delivery as divergent ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ruth Naomi Floyd: Root to the Fruit

Read "Root to the Fruit" reviewed by Jim Santella

Jazz and gospel come together on Ruth Naomi Floyd's Root to the Fruit, where she sings original material with a theatrical delivery. She works with a stellar jazz ensemble that includes flutist James Newton, tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas, bassist Reggie Washington and pianist James Weidman in feature roles, emphasizing the freedom that jazz can add to ...

Ancesthree

Label: Contour
Released: 2005
Track listing: Alone Together; Nathalie; Portrait In Black And White; All One Song; Rushd ed-Dunya; Sno' Peas; Witchcraft.

It's Gone

Label: Contour
Released: 2005
Track listing: Sofar & Stillaway; Lament; It's Gone; With The Help Of God, Shine (Excerpt); Not What I Asked For; Get Yourself A Wheelchair; Bop Me If You Can; Blame It On My Youth; Entrance; By All Means; Contemplation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jef Neve Trio: It's Gone

Read "It's Gone" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From Belgium comes Jef Neve, an explosively gifted young pianist whose second album, It's Gone, is without question one of the best I've heard in 2005. It's an exhilarating ride through a varied program of Neve's creative original compositions, offset by a standard and a brace of tunes by Neve's bassist, Piet Verbist. The music is ...

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Ben Sluijs/Hendrik Braeckman/Piet Verbist: Ancesthree

Read "Ancesthree" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Ancesthree is a live recording by three estimable Belgian jazz musicians. This is music of the deepest intimacy, a three-way conversation of tangible substance, and one that dances forward with sturdy, lilting swing. With their seemingly casual brilliance, these musicians have created a genuinely great jazz record. Ben Sluijs plays alto saxophone on Ancesthree. ...


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