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Dan Robbins

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The Heart Always Remembers

Label: LoveDog! Media
Released: 2021
Track listing: Fascinating Rhythm; When Did You Leave Heaven?; Practical Arrangement; In My Arms; Too Much Heaven; Corner Store Blues; A Sweet Wind; Nice Weather For Ducks; Whistling Away The Dark/Anyone Can Whistle; The Heart Always Remembers; Trav'lin All Alone/Travelin' Light; So Quiet Is The Night; Let The Music Take You.

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Sandra Marlowe: The Heart Always Remembers

Read "The Heart Always Remembers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The heart always remembers, but so too do the ears. Vocalist Sandra Marlowe, probably aware of that fact, quickly grabs attention by demonstrating a real métier for metric play and gymnastics on pianist Larry Dunlap's witty, album-opening arrangement of “Fascinating Rhythm." Once that focus is on her work, Marlowe doesn't let up. In short order there's ...

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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


If “Riverbed," which opens Mason Razavi's burnished sequel to Quartet Plus (First Orbit Sounds, 2014) were a doorway, it would welcome listeners like guests of honor to an intimate yet lively gathering of close friends and family. Such is the feeling of hospitality and warmth that pervades this thoroughly nourishing album. Over this and the next ...

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Of Light and Shadows

Label: First Orbit Sounds
Released: 2018
Track listing: Of Light and Shadows; The Shortest Wavelength; Selective Absorption, At Your Side; Prelude to Prismic Dance; Prismic Dance; Pentachromatic Butterflies; A Portrait of a Love Forgotten; Partial Darkness.

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Hristo Vitchev: Of Light and Shadows

Read "Of Light and Shadows" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Vitchev's latest effort is another jewel in his growing catalogue of widespread genres. Given Vitchev's warmly ambitious range of projects, he may soon be able to center his own multi-themed festival. This presents his current, contemporary style quartet in an impressive showcase. The SF bay area group's core has played together in various ensembles ...

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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “plus" in San Francisco Bay area-based guitarist Mason Razavi's CD Quartet Plus, Volume 2 is a front line consisting of trumpet, trombone and three reeds, which on the second half of the album more than doubles the size of Razavi's quartet. There are many ways that could be done. For example, the nonet tracks might ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Bulgarian-born San Franciscan jazz guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev leads an experienced quartet on this double-CD collection of attractive modern jazz. This is his seventh release as a leader, and the third with this quartet (allowing for a change in the drum chair), following Familiar Fields (First Orbit Sounds Music, 2013) and Song For Messsambria (First Orbit Sounds ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Marking his seventh project as a leader, internationally-renowned impressionistic guitarist Hristo Vitchev presents In Search of Wonders, his first double album of original world-tinged modern jazz delivered in the same creatively unique style this guitarist, is known for. One thing remains the same, the music is intellectual, soul-searching, harmonically-rich and thoroughly enchanting. With a double album ...

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Joe DeRose and Amici: Peace Streets

Read "Peace Streets" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Drummer Joe DeRose and guitarist Hristo Vitchev seem to be attached at the hip. DeRose was an important presence on Vitchev's Songs For Messambria (First Orbit Sounds, 2009) and The Perperikon Suite (First Orbit Sounds, 2011), and the guitarist is a fixture in this band. Bassist Dan Robbins also appears with both leaders, raising the odds ...


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