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Bruce Hornsby: Non-Secure Connection

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It's hard to imagine Bruce Hornsby's listeners being fazed much by anything he does anymore. Harmonic layers of semi-processed voice drones in an ambient haze? Classy strings crossed with jarringly angular piano and over-jokey lyrics about internet girls? After a career that's touched on jazz and bluegrass as prominently as folk and classical, his familiar crowd ...

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Pericopes+1: Up

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For a recording titled Up, this one sure spends a lot of time going sideways. Cue the opening track and you're carried away on waves of briskly-flowing piano and saxophone as if there isn't a thing in the world to worry about. The feel becomes a bit more angular with the next, the drums leaning somewhat ...

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Nicole Zuraitis: All Wandering Hearts

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Nicole Zuraitis has a heart full of soul and a voice full of sunshine. She's got a mix of things on her mind with her fourth album, everyday themes and weighty matters alike, and yet they ultimately come out sounding exuberant in her hands. The fundamental optimism is one key asset of All Wandering Hearts, even ...

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Richard Ebert: Abreisetag

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As Abreisetag goes along, there are times when it almost sounds like a dreamy intro to some abstract film score rather than a leisurely jazz session. The electric keys flutter, a string of alto saxophone notes seesaws amidst some aimless percussion almost as if everyone is distractedly warming up. It may take them most of the ...

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Jacob Young/David Rothenberg/Sidiki Camara: They Say Humans Exist

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"Is it enough to watch a flower grow?" Jacob Young muses over a slow-drifting cloud of clarinet and light percussion. “Is it enough to just be, to mind our own business?" If that sounds too much like coffeehouse open-mic poetry, the natural spirit behind it is genuine enough, and the vague spoken words only pop up ...

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Joshua Crumbly: Rise

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Joshua Crumbly and his bass have logged a good few miles learning from a respectable number of fellow players (Victor Bailey, Terence Blanchard, Kamasi Washington and more) in his fairly young career, and it shows—his debut may not be as wildly eclectic as it could have been with such a colorful history to build on, but ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Call For Winter

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Everyone has to go home sometime. Daniel Herskedal and his tuba have covered a good many miles both figurative and literal over the course of seven albums, particularly with the travel-themed triptych of Slow Eastbound Train (2015), The Roc (2017) and Voyage (2019) that preceded this recording. Where each of those had its own small cast ...

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Chris Gall - Bernhard Schimpelsberger: Myriad

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If there's one thing that makes Myriad such a subtly thrilling success, it is compatibility. Chris Gall has a consummately melodic voice at the piano with a relentless pulse running through everything, however heavy or light. Bernhard Schimpelsberger is a versatile percussionist whose rhythmic sense is bolstered by an extensive palette of sounds and tones. Somehow ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio: Angels Around

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However much Kurt Rosenwinkel has audaciously wandered away from familiar tracks in his career, the spirit of jazz has always stayed central to his roots and his playing. For every surprising exploration such as the electronic Heartcore (Verve, 2003) or the richly dense Caipi (Heartcore, 2017), there's been a relatively straightforward jam or standards date for ...

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Meerkat Parade: Disturbed Nature

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If Disturbed Nature's nature isn't quite as disturbed as advertised, it's still a bit unsettled much of the time on Meerkat Parade's second recording, and always in interesting ways. Guitarist David Series has a knack for spinning pieces just a little off-kilter, as is evident from the outset. “Nostalgia" coasts on a slinky zoot-suit-noir groove that ...


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