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Billie Holiday: The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters

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Billie HolidayThe Complete Commodore & Decca MastersVerve Music Group2010 In 1959, Nina Simone made a black-pride point about her hit single, “I Loves You Porgy," very publicly proclaiming that she refused to use the (to her) demeaning dialect pronunciation “loves," substituting “love." It was the same year ...


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McCoy Tyner: Solo (Live from San Francisco) & Live 2009 (6th Annual Concert Tour: The Works of McCoy Tyner)

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McCoy Tyner Solo: Live From San Francisco Half Note 2009 SFJAZZ Collective Live 2009: 6th Annual Concert Tour SFJAZZ 2009 In the more than four decades since he was a ...


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Jacky Terrasson: Push

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Since winning the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition 17 years ago, Jacky Terrasson has ranged far and wide from his original, striking early trio (with minimalist drummer/percussionist Leon Parker), exploring formats from solo and various duos to larger ensembles. For this, his first album for a new label, he returns with a new trio, featuring recent Monk ...


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Myron Walden: Momentum & Momentum Live

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Myron WaldenMomentumDemi Sound2010 Artist #2Momentum LiveDemi Sound2010 Momentum is both album title and the name Myron Walden has used for one of his ensembles, inspired by the '60s Miles Davis ...


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Bill Gerhardt: Momentum

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It takes uncommon knowledge of jazz history to begin a solo piano album with a dedication to Herbie Nichols. “One for Herbie" is only one of the delightful surprises from pianist Bill Gerhardt on this winning solo recital, sumptuously recorded on a 10-foot Fazioli grand piano at the SteepleChase studios in Europe. Based in Asheville, North ...


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100 Years of Artie Shaw

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Artie ShawThe Last Recordings Vol. 1MusicMaster-Nimbus2009 Artie ShawThe Last Recordings Vol. 2MusicMaster-Nimbus2009 Artie ShawThe Last Recordings Vol. 3MusicMaster-Nimbus2009 Artie ShawThe Complete Spotlight ...


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Duke Ellington: Chicago 1946 & Cornell University 1948

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Duke EllingtonChicago 1946MusicMasters-Nimbus2009 Duke EllingtonCornell University 1948MusicMasters-Nimbus2009 The depth and breadth of the Ellington Orchestra's repertoire/book over the half-century Duke led the band is mind-bogglingly vast. And commercially-released studio recordings ...


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Les Paul: How High The Moon: Hits & Rarities From The Wizard of Waukesha

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His name is on the classic Gibson guitar and his role in the development of the electric guitar, as well as in the creation of multi-track recording and overdubbing, is indisputable. But even though he spent the last two-plus decades of his life holding forth, as much as raconteur as musician, on Monday nights (Fat Tuesday's ...


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Claudio Roditi: Simpatico & The Mastery of Passion

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Claudio RoditiSimpaticoResonance2009 Harry SimonThe Mastery of PassionResonance2009 Claudio Roditi, along with Michael Brecker, was a “special guest" on two LPs the young keyboardist Harris Simon made for producer George Klabin ...


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Antonio Ciacca: Lagos Blues (with Steve Grossman)

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There's a good reason most “real" jazz radio stations tend to favor the modern mainstream jazz of the post-bop era codified by such record labels from the mid-20th Century as Blue Note, Columbia's jazz division, Prestige, Riverside and Impulse. It's creative jazz with a comfortingly substantial physicality, clean lines and rhythmic heft still anchored to a ...


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