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Eric McGarry: As I Am, As You Were

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Eric McGarry's debut album As I Am, As You Were is an exploration of the complexities of change which finds its inspiration in the natural world, personal relationships, and introspective thoughts on authenticity and identity. McGarry, an established guitarist, composer and educator, presents his listeners with an exquisite musical journey marked by his musical storytelling through ...


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Michael Costantino: The Song Inside the Tune

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Rhythm, the lifeblood of jazz performances, takes center stage in Michael Costantino's album, The Song Inside the Tune. The album explores the vast terrain of rhythmic structures, with the trio's expert navigation of the eighth note serving as the backbone of their groove. The exploration unfolds a multifaceted perspective on Costantino's rhythmic approach, and thus, his ...


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Jared Sims: Hellbender: the Resistance

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Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Jared Sims has taken a bold step with his latest project. Hellbender: The Resistance, released April 7, 2023, captures Sims' desire to blend the improvisational freedom of jazz with the intense rhythms of rock. Inspired by such groundbreaking jazz albums as Steve Grossman's Some Shapes to Come (PM, 1974) and Miles Davis' On ...


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Christopher McBride: Ramon

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Jazz is a conversation that has been going on for over a century. Each musician adds their own statement to the discourse, and one of the most exciting aspects of engaging with jazz is the opportunity to witness and appreciate the various voices that emerge and contribute to this ongoing dialogue. Here is one such profound ...


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Mengamo Trio: Chat Bizarre

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With their debut album The One (Floatmusic, 2018), Mengamo Trio firmly established their foothold in the modern jazz landscape. With their offering Chat Bizarre, they are pushing beyond the known frontiers. Chat Bizarre marks a turn into the realm of pure originals--a bold step affirming the trio's maturing artistic identity. Mengamo Trio is guitarist Philipp Brämswig, ...


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Joe Locascio: Book of Days

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Pianist and composer Joe LoCascio has released his seventh album, titled Book of Days. The album was recorded in Houston's famed Wire Road Studios and featured his long-time collaborator Woody Witt on saxophone, bassist Richard Mikel and drummer Daniel Dufour. The project was initiated by Witt, who asked LoCascio to play a few gigs with these ...


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Ian Wardenski: Trust

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Ian Wardenski's Quintet returns with a follow-up to Collective Thoughts (IW, 2019). The innovative bandleader and guitarist continues to create a sound that combines the aesthetics of a chamber group with the freedom, spontaneity and improvisation of a small jazz combo. Trust features Mercedes Beckman on alto saxophone, Jerry Ascione, piano, Amy Shook, bass, Frank Russo, ...


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Kenny Shanker: Vortex

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Saxophonist Kenny Shanker is an award-winning composer hailing originally from California, now residing in New York. His debut album Steppin' Up (Positone, 2011) was followed by Action City (Positone, 2014), which helped garner him the ASCAP award for composition. In 2017, Shanker released his third recording, The Witching Hour (Wise Cat, 2017), on his own imprint. ...


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Troy Roberts: NU-JIVE: Nations United

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Troy Roberts is a two-time Grammy nominee who is becoming one of the most broadly recorded saxophonists of his time. Roberts' robust saxophone playing adorns several essential recordings ranging from the legendary Joey DeFrancesco to the iconic Van Morrison to the indispensable Jeff 'Tain' Watts to the assiduous Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, ...


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Juanita Euka: Mabanzo

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Juanita Euka is a Congolese vocalist, raised in Buenos Aires, who has recently immersed herself in London's vibrant world music scene. Euka's influences range from soukous, son, and soul to hip hop and jazz. She has fronted top UK Afro-Latin bands, London Afrobeat Collective, Animanz, and Wara, and is also the niece of Congolese rumba legend ...


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