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Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm: Grit & Grace

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Blessed be the 'bone of invention and intention that is Jennifer Wharton. A mere six years ago, the noted bass trombonist had the idea to form a slide-centric septet and commission new music to bring her oft-neglected and ballasting instrument to the fore. Driven to act on that concept, Wharton thought things through, put a plan ...


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Nicole Zuraitis: How Love Begins

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Love is not for the faint of heart.  Its tides are unpredictable, bound to different souls, intensifying and ebbing in parallel to the feelings and favors of each individual who exerts their gravitational pull on an evolving romance.  Musically charting those waters--depicting the full scope of that sea through song--is no simple feat. Yet some supreme ...


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Alan Ferber: Enneadic Endeavors

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When Alan Ferber was first finding his way as a Californian-turned-New Yorker near the dawn of the new millennium, he didn't know many people on his adopted scene. So logically, he used composing--for nonet, among other configurations--as a means for networking and fostering connections. “I don't like cold calling people; I just like to put projects ...


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Benny Benack III: Third Time's The Charm

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Though the title of this third album from multihyphenate Benny Benack III might imply misfires with his first two go-rounds, the truth really runs contrary to that line of reasoning. One of a Kind (BB3, 2017), while flying under the radar, introduced some listeners to a talent far too large to be contained; and A Lot ...


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Nadje Noordhuis + James Shipp: Multitudes

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Trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis and percussionist/synthesist James Shipp have proven to be a most compelling pair. Their Indigo (Little Mystery, 2017)--a duo album built on a shared outlook and fellow feeling--was a faithful introduction to the sound of simpatico souls in musical motion. And this eagerly awaited follow-up, while playing true to this continuing story of two, ...


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Laszlo Gardony: Close Connection

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The close connection between pianist Laszlo Gardony, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel is clear and present in the music they produce together. With more than two decades of shared experiences on the bandstand and a fair number of very fine albums to boot, this crew thinks, breathes and moves as one. For this, their ...


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Ellie Martin: Verdant

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There is no time like the present to fulfill your dreams. The hands we are dealt often have a way of making that clear, as vocalist, composer and educator Ellie Martin knows all too well. After receiving a cancer diagnosis, beating the disease, starting a family and finding joy in watching her children bask in the ...


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Nicky Schrire: Nowhere Girl

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The search for identity is a sine qua non of any artist's experience and development. But for a musician like Nicky Schrire, it goes much deeper than most. Born in London, raised in South Africa, studying and entering the professional ranks in New York and working back through her initial points of origin before relocating to ...


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Bokani Dyer: Radio Sechaba

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Bokani Dyer has already established himself as one of the leading musical voices of his generation in South Africa. But with Radio Sechaba--the heralded multi-hyphenate's first release on aural arbiter Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint--he expands his voice, reach and notability. Synthesizing a set of broad influences and building sounds of possibility surrounding his homeland and a ...


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Jochen Rueckert: With Best Intentions

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This stellar sixth album from Jochen Rueckert extends on some musical friendships while offering a fresh format and new palette. Having previously delivered his notable Introduction (Lipstick-Jazzline, 1998) some 25 years ago, greased the grooves on an appealing organ trio session with guests, and drawn notice with guitar-driven gusto on several quartet dates, this German-born, New ...


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