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William Cepeda and Afrorican Jazz: My Roots & Beyond

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William Cepeda is a man with a mission. His goal is aptly given by the title of his cd, his debut as a leader. He wants to introduce us to the music of his roots and beyond. Cepeda takes the rhythms, the dances, of Puerto Rican music, and uses them as the basis for Jazz. As ...

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William Cepeda and Afrorican JazzGrupo AfroBoricua: Bombazo

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This CD represents William Cepeda's attempt to educate us in the ways and rhythms of the music of his native Puerto Rico. The music is based in the drums and rhythms brought to Puerto Rico as a consequence of the African slave trade. The melody instruments are, for the most part, limited to the voices of ...

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Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson: Panorama (Featuring Valery Ponomarev)

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Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson are a well established trio, having played together for a decade, and they sound like it on this recording. They move together so well that each has clearly internalized the others' tendencies. They're funky together, sensitive together, sparing together, and lavish together. This recording shows them in fine form, supporting guest artist ...

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R. J. Temple: Next Stop: Jazzonia

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R. J. Temple is a young Jazz musician, coming to Jazz guitar by way of first punk rock and then R&B. But you wouldn't know that he has such a varied background from listening to his cd. He sounds like he's been listening to Jazz guitarists since before he was born (he sounds like Jazz guitarists ...

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Vernon Frazer: Song of Baobob

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Vernon Frazer is a poet in the tradition of Jack Kerouac. His poems tell stories; they are not merely abstract strings of words. This makes for compelling listening. Frazer's willingness to explore his own frailties, and even make fun of his pedanticism, helps make these more approachable, more human. Nor does it hurt that Frazer has ...

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Marc Ducret: L'ombra Di Verdi

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This is music for those whose avenue to Jazz passed through punk rock. Don't get me wrong; Ducret doesn't play tuneless music that relies on speed provided by a drummer and bassist pounding out relentless, unvarying rhythm, or whatever your stereotype of punk rock is. His guitar playing is remarkably varied, as is the rhythmic drive. ...

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Roscoe Mitchell: In Walked Buckner

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Roscoe Mitchell is the thinking person's Jazz musician. He is unlikely to let his listener just sit back and tap her foot. His music challenges the listener; it draws the listener into the creative process by forcing the listener to make sense of the music, to connect the dots, and to think about what she's hearing. ...

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Jonas Hellborg: Aram of the Two Rivers (Live in Syria)

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The first thing to notice about this cd is that the leader plays bass guitar. That's acoustic bass guitar. In Hellborg's hands this is a bass in name only. He plays it, for most of this cd, as if it were a guitar, using it to establish the melody, to improvise, and to play in unison ...

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Paul Steven Ray: Church of Vanish

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Paul Steven Ray presents the musical equivalent of life emerging from the primordial slime. There are three different “bands" here, but, with minor variations, each track sounds similar. A variety of sounds creates a background out of which might emerge some organization, a rhythm perhaps, or maybe even a melodic line, but the organization quickly is ...

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Patricia Barber: Modern Cool

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“Ironic detachment" is the phrase of the day. Barber is a writer of the social realist school; she presents to us snapshots, deftly characterized, of urban life. Her stance is that of the disinterested observer, drinking it all in, but not commenting on it. Or so she would have us believe. Behind that detachment we can ...


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