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Nobuki Takamen: From Now On

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Breaking into the jazz scene as a guitarist is a tough move, with the icons of old standing reverently on high shelves, and the next big thing always out there somewhere awaiting discovery. While debut albums can impress and amaze, it's the follow-ups which cause genuine excitement. From Now On, the second release by Japanese guitarist ...

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Matthias Bublath: Second Angle

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Second Angle is the third CD from New York-based organist/pianist and composer Matthias Bublath. His two previous releases saw him exploring two disparate sound-worlds individually: Latin music and jazz/funk. Here, with the help of vibraphonist Tim Collins, drummer Obed Calvaire, and saxophonist Scott Bourgeois, Bublath seeks to unify and consolidate these ideas rather than segregating them. ...

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Reptet: Chicken or Beef?

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Free jazz and the avant-garde form an interesting and self-conflicted paradigm. All too often it seems musicians perceive the “free" aspect to mean that they must completely reject traditional music and become trapped in the ether of ambiguity, rather than perhaps accepting a loftier goal: the freedom to both use, and move beyond convention. Reptet is ...

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Steve Herberman: Ideals

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Much of what is written in reviews about Steve Herberman's playing is analogous to the created illusion of two guitarists, or the use of overdubbing. Ideals, however, finds such a statement wanting and unsuitable. Guitar and piano trios have always had a distinctive vibe and aesthetic, but here, Herberman blurs the line with his adept application ...

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Anthony Santor/ Ari Diaconis Project: Beyond Human Aid

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Soul, instrument, listener—the ideal signal flow for free jazz. Sadly, the sound that can sear across a club all too often falters when forced to travel the shorter distance towards a microphone and on to CD. The inherent difficulty—and some might argue irrelevance—of successfully documenting a primarily improvised form, makes successful releases all the ...

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Charlie Hunter: Baboon Strength

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Guitarist Charlie Hunter is a musician on a journey. Never to be satisfied with a ravishingly successful recording career spanning 17 albums, he has continued to explore his own musical tastes, not to pander to his fans, or necessarily in search of something, but merely following the currents of his musical self. Continuing the evolution of ...

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The Passion: One Good Reason

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In a world where every singer struggles with the ghost of Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald, it is a rare and refreshing treat to hear a vocalist who can genuinely be said to have their own voice. Considering that this album features three such singers, One Good Reason is a truly special recording. The line-up comprises ...


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