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Three Gems from Guitarist Samo Salamon: Joy and Sorrow, Freed Distance Volume 2/Poems Are Opening, and Pure and Simple

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Innovative guitarist Samo Salamon always thrills with the diversity of his output. Right on the heels of his two-disc solo recording of the entirety of saxophonist Eric Dolphy's compositions,Dolphyology (Samo, 2022), come three very different releases. Samo Salamon Joy and Sorrow Klopotec Records 2022 The first a ...

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Maja Alvanović: Wind Rose

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The composer and pianist Maja Alvanovic forges her unique sound out of the complex rhythms and the poetry of her native Serbia and Jazz's effervescent spontaneity. She is also a superb bandleader as her Majamisty trio, with fellow Serbians bassist Ervin Malina, and drummer Lav Kovač, performs with vibrant fluidity. The ensemble's fifth release, ...

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Jacob Garchik: Assembly

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Trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik is versatile and restlessly inventive. His past work has ranged from a brass-only orchestra to a guitar-heavy ensemble as well as a unique take on gospel music. His sixth release, the provocative Assembly, evokes film soundtracks with a touch of fantasy. The nine originals make a cohesive whole with a creative ...

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Johnny Gandelsman: This Is America: An Anthology

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Violinist Johnny Gandelsman is as versatile as he is innovative. An accomplished composer, improviser and a producer, Gandelsman defies categorization and excels in the watershed area among genres. A member of both the unique string quartet Brooklyn Rider and the Silk Road Ensemble and the owner of Circle Records, Gandelsman has his finger on the pulse ...

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Xose Miguelez: Contradictio

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Galician composer and saxophonist Xose Miguelez has established himself as a mainstay of the international jazz scene. His superb second release as leader, Contradictio, showcases his talents to the full. A taut quartet session, it consists of inventive originals and clever arrangements of standards. Well- versed in bop and his own ethnic music, Miguelez excitingly fuses ...

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Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards

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Keyboardist Michael Robinson is a prolific and creative artist who is best known for his haunting, Eastern-inspired, musical soundscapes. He usually utilizes his own invention, the digital Meruvina, for these recordings. Robinson, however, is also an accomplished pianist and has self-produced several superb solo albums of piano improvisations. In 2021 and 2022 he released seven of ...

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Justin Chart: The Midnight People

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Saxophonist Justin Chart is an inventive and versatile musician who spontaneously creates mellifluous and enthralling soundscapes. Leading a synergistic band of like-minded sidemen. Chart excels in live improvisations that are simultaneously free as well as charmingly accessible. His output in the third decade of the century has been prolific without sacrificing artistic vision. The Midnight People ...

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Chris Greene Quartet: PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder

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Accomplished saxophonist Chris Greene, with his warm sound and easily recognizable style, is a stalwart of the Chicago music scene. Over the past decade he has led the same quartet of equally brilliant musicians who have honed a seamless camaraderie. On his 13th release, the ebullient PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder, Greene and his band stretch out ...

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Drori Mondlak and Karolina Strassmayer: Freescapes

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During twenty plus years of collaboration, drummer Drori Mondlak and saxophonist / flutist Karolina Strassmayer have perfected their creative chemistry. Their highly individual styles are, nevertheless, seamlessly complementary resulting in a unique sound that marks their superb releases. Their eighth, the haunting Freescapes, is an absorbing work with an undercurrent of subtle mysticism that showcases this ...

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Nancy Kelly: Jazz Woman: The Reel to Real Sessions

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Among jazz aficionados in the “real" Upstate New York, that is to say in and around the cities of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, vocalist Nancy Kelly is well known. She has performed at multiple venues, both still extant and defunct, which served as havens for music lovers in the area. Known for her uncompromising artistry and ...


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