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Nancy Kelly: Jazz Woman: The Reel to Real Sessions

Read "Jazz Woman:  The Reel to Real Sessions" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


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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Liz Terrell: It's All Right With Me

Read "It's All Right With Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When Liz Terrell sings something, you believe it. Adding her own strength of expression to every piece she touches, communicating with absolute earnestness, and offering a sound all her own, she makes every melody and musical gesture matter. On this, her debut album, Terrell puts her powerful pipes to great use on an incredibly diverse collection ...

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Brian Woodruff Sextet: A Centering Peace

Read "A Centering Peace" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The title of this release by drummer Brian Woodruff suggests a set of meditative, spiritually-focused jazz by his long-standing sextet. While that may be the underlying theme of the disc but only a couple of tracks have that actual sound. The others go off in several different directions. The album is dedicated to Woodruff's ...

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Blue Muse: It Never Entered My Mind

Read "It Never Entered My Mind" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Blue Muse, the ensemble that tenor saxophonist Sarah Lee founded, plays mainstream jazz with elegance and vigor. The group's second recording, the delightful It Never Entered My Mind, is an engaging batch of standards crackling with vibrant spontaneity which highlights both the distinctive virtuosity and the combined artistry of the musicians involved. Pianist Horace ...

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Kristin Callahan: Lost in a Dream

Read "Lost in a Dream" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The body of compositions known as “jazz standards" has proved to be as durable as it is long lived. These musical pieces, partially provided by the “Great American Songbook" and partially by composing jazz practitioners, have afforded artists a veritable bottomless pit of material with which to apply their own unique vision. One-hundred-plus years of recording ...

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Ahmed Warshanna: Ishta

Read "Ishta" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Maybe it's the underlying sound of Baltimore—the cry of nurses, the sirens rushing—that leavens his tone and tenor. Maybe it's the innocent in the shadow of a world that seems like it is closing in no matter how many walls one knocks down. Perhaps in real time retrospect, it's the genre-less style of his writing or ...

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3D Jazz Trio: Christmas in 3D

Read "Christmas in 3D" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Still riding high on the release of I Love To See You Smile (Diva Jazz, 2020), the 3D Jazz Trio drops in again to ring in the holiday season. And while it's true that 2020 hasn't left us with much to celebrate, a chance to sit back and reflect while basking in the glow of some ...

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Nicholas Brust: Frozen In Time

Read "Frozen In Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Want to hear somebody who means business? Just listen to Nicholas Brust deftly drive through Frozen In Time's opener, “Work Ahead." That initial offering on this, the alto saxophonist's full-length debut, explores the travails and triumphs of breaking into the jazz world in New York. Judging by the way Brust burns, flows and blows the doors ...

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3D Jazz Trio: I Love To See You Smile

Read "I Love To See You Smile" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The spirit of sisterhood isn't based on size, but, rather, built on the power of kinship. If anybody in the jazz world truly understands that fact, it's drummer Sherrie Maricle. Way ahead of the curve when it comes to spotlighting the need for female empowerment and equality in the music, she's helmed the Diva Jazz Orchestra ...

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Enrique Haneine: Unlayered

Read "Unlayered" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Whether he leads from his drummer's stool or his the piano bench, drummer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Enrique Haneine is a mischievous creator, assembling different blocks to form other different blocks, stacking, unstacking, widening the fall zone with each new release. It's an aesthetic that keeps you jumping hoops but, most importantly, listening hard to the logic employed.


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