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Guitarist Kyle Walz Exhilarates With Collection Of Jazz And R&B Covers

There is a double meaning in the title of guitarist Kyle Walz's latest album, Lifted Standards. On one hand, it's a reference to the fact that the record is a collection of covers; in other words, these songs are 'lifted' from other artists. But in a subjective sense the music can really lift the spirits. Until ...


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Jazz vocalist Janelle Donovan pays homage to Valentine's Day with new EP

Love is in full bloom on jazz vocalist Janelle Donovan's latest EP, Valentine Special. True to its title, the two tracks on this release celebrate romance in its purest form, reflecting the unrestrained, sweetly-scented confessions of affection that are associated with the 14th of February. But Donovan delivers more than just carve straight-shooting arrows for Cupid's ...


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Belgium-based guitarist Fabien Degryse showcases fingerstyle mastery on new CD

For Fabien Degryse, the guitar is an extension of himself. On his latest album Fingerswingin', Degryse uses the guitar to convey his various moods and feelings, from the snappy jubilation of “Bock to Bock" to the sun-drenched contentment of “(In My) Solitude" to the rain-swept infatuation of “Fly Me to the Moon." Each track is sculpted ...


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An interview with New York-based saxophonist Mark Lopeman

It's fitting that the cover of saxophonist Mark Lopeman's latest album, Nice Work If You Can Get It, is a watercolor portrait from his daughter Rosie. After all, Lopeman approaches his instrument like a painter himself, utterly spellbinding in his ability to illustrate various moods from the unbridled joy of “My Reverie" to the warm caress ...


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Stanley Clarke veteran produces immaculate new holiday single from L.A.-based artist Sean Patrick

The shimmering beauty and soulful warmth of Sean Patrick's holiday single, “A Gift of Christmas," are the hallmarks of a timeless classic. Amidst overplayed staples and cookie-cutter newcomers, “A Gift of Christmas" is the real deal. Opening with cozy piano, Patrick's heartfelt croon opens the door to sparkling sleigh bells and lush synths; when his velvety ...


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Stunning covers of Johnny Mercer and Freddie Hubbard among highlights of new album

Trumpet, meet master. In the hands of Steve Klenke, the trumpet becomes a paintbrush in which he can render stunningly beautiful imagery, from the playful innocence of a “Little Sunflower" to the awe-inspiring majesty of an “Evening Star." With or without words, the songs on Klenke's latest album, Tangerine, bloom in Technicolor. They are brightly lit ...


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Debut album from Canada's Jenny James glows with slick craftsmanship and authentic soul

She has just caught the ears of the U.K. radio airwaves, and her producer is a Juno award winner. The stars are aligning for Canadian singer/songwriter Jenny James, whose recently released debut album Aspiring 2 B Me glows with the slick craftsmanship and authentic soul of a veteran performer, which she actually is. James has been ...


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"Weird Al" Yankovic guitarist Jim Kimo West pays homage to Hawaii with sublime slack-key instrumentals

As the longtime guitarist for Grammy-winning satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jim Kimo West has heard a lifetime of good-natured laughter. However, West's own discography is light years apart from Yankovic's inventive and often hilarious pop-music parodies. In fact, West's latest solo record, Na Lani O Maui-Maui Skies, is even miles away from the mainland as he ...


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Singer/songwriter Jay Brown of the Lazybirds reaches into folk and country influences on new solo album

Just because Jay Brown is in the Lazybirds doesn't mean he is one. On the contrary, Brown is probably one of the busiest young musicians in the scene. With the Lazybirds, Brown has gradually built a devoted fan base with the group's foot-stomping hybrid of ragtime and blues; moreover, Brown's tireless work ethic and creative versatility ...


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Autobiographical storytelling and subtle prettiness characterize new EP from singer/songwriter Kerri Lowe

Singer/songwriter Kerri Lowe is a promising young talent in the Americana scene, one with a gift for reinterpreting diary passages into catchy folk songs. On her debut EP, Move Free, Lowe's storytelling has an autobiographical perspective, and instead of hiding her emotions in ironic wordplay or consciously vague poetry she lets them bleed. Nowhere is this ...


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