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Sebastian Bailey: Ensemble de Magnac

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Quebec-based composer-saxophonist Sebastian Bailey is primarily focused on chamber jazz on his latest EP, and his innovative ear guides each track. Ensemble de Magnac summarizes Bailey's creative vision quite well, especially his ability to create a diverse and engaging soundscape. The music on this release has a classic sound and the production aesthetics are ...

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Raphael Fusco: Remixed

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Raphael Fusco is a talented pianist and composer who defies stylistic boundaries, blessed with the ability to bridge the diverse worlds of contemporary classical and jazz. When most people hear of remixes, they often think of electronic musicians going for a different, super high-energy spin on some pop tracks. However, this project is quite different. Fusco ...

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Blaine Sharp: Wanderlust

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Blaine Sharp is a gifted vocalist with a passion for timeless jazz tones. His album Wanderlust is loaded with beautifully melodic songs, including renditions of beloved classics such as “On A Slow Boat To China" and “You Belong To Me." The latter, in particular, has a really atmospheric tempo, with a minimalist drum arrangement and some ...

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Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion: Turtle Dreams

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Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion is a recording project which is not bound by traditional genre limitations and stylistic borders. Their most recent album, Turtle Dreams, is actually a perfect portrait of the group's colorful and versatile sound. Listeners can expect anything from deep Latin grooves to flamenco melodies and fusion aesthetics, bringing interesting sonic depth to ...

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Tangostinato: Via Della Gioia

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Tangostinato is a music project with a one-of-a-kind approach to their sound and feel. Their most recent release, Via Della Gioia, stands out as a really stunning example of their workflow and creative vision. The opening track, “Oblivion," has a moody, atmospheric sound, creating a consistent build-up of beautiful textures as the different instruments' sounds keep ...

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Charlie Rauh: Hiraeth

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Charlie Rauh is a musician with a very diverse background. He is also an incredibly skilled guitarist who knows how to use the instrument to capture all the different nuances of his compositions. His music defies the average expectation which the audience imposes on guitar players. He knows how to embrace melody but, perhaps, one of ...

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Marcos Toledo with James Robbins and Dan Nadeau: Winter

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Marcos Toledo is an exciting jazz guitarist who loves to come up with sophisticated melodies and intricate arrangement ideas inspired by the greatest jazz performers. His latest album Winter collects originals and standards for a hard bop affair. Toledo unites with two other talented musicians on these songs, double bassist James Robbins and drummer Dan Nadeau. ...

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Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell: What We Have In Common

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Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell combine the immediacy of folk music with the unique twists of jazz. Their guitar playing is nuanced, making the most out of every detail of their performances. Rauh and Mizell both have a knack for focusing on the small things, making each moment special. However, they can also work on the ...

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Shuhei Kokuryo: First Episode

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For a debut album, First Episode displays a remarkable amount of self-confidence and inventiveness from its creator. Shuhei Kokuryo is an accomplished jazz saxophonist from Nagoya City, Japan. Heavily inspired by Charlie Parker, First Episode was written and recorded in New York wherein Kokuryo had his skills sharpened by Seamus Blake, who even co-wrote ...

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Richard Pena: Hey, Don Rey!

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Puerto Rico-based composer/guitarist Richard Peña may be well-versed in Latin jazz but he isn't afraid to venture beyond the genre. Peña has a passion for setting the bar higher. With every release, he explores something new. On Hey, Don Rey!, Peña investigates post-bop and fusion sounds. What is most impressive about Peña's playing style ...


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