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Drummer and composer Kendrick Scott kicked off his Blue Note contract four years ago with We Are the Drum. Expertly produced by Derrick Hodge, Scott’s creative confidant and musical brother, and featuring a stunning guest performance by vocalist Lizz Wright, it earned rave reviews and reiterated how Oracle, Scott’s long-running working group, is one of the most thoughtfully powerful jazz bands of its generation. When it came time to follow this success up with a new effort, however, Scott felt stuck. Nothing he wrote or played seemed good enough; self-doubt had formed a blockade where inspiration once flowed

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2024 Jazz Vocalists

Read "2024 Jazz Vocalists" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are five notable vocal jazz releases that have come out in the first half of 2024. Jacqui Naylor Treasures of the Heart Ruby Star Records 2024 Jacqui Naylor is a veteran singer with a distinctive husky voice. Her 12th album is a warm combination of original ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Freddy Cole, The Baylor Project, Somi and More

Read "Freddy Cole, The Baylor Project, Somi and More" reviewed by Jua Howard


Welcome music family! This week I'm sharing more great music including songs from Freddy Cole, The Baylor Project, Jose James, Somi, Jon Hendricks and Diana Krall. Come get lost in the music with me!Playlist Intro 00:00 Freddy Cole “A Place in the Sun (Movin' On)" from This Is the Life (Muse) 2:30 Eric Alexander ...

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New Works & Classics ReImagined

Label: SFJAZZ
Released: 2023
Track listing: Perseverance; Crossing; The Plains; Smokey; Lands End; Hacienda y Capataz; God Bless The Child / That’s The Way Of The World; Prelude/Someday We’ll All Be Free.

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Return To Casual

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Contra; River Styx; Pup-Pow; Shine; Mother Stands For Comfort; Quiet Song; Lamplight; Amelia Earhart Ghosted Me; Revive.

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Corridors

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: What Day Is It?; Corridors; A Voice Through The Door; One Door Closes; Isn’t This My Sound Around Me?; One Door Closes, Another Opens; Your Destiny Awaits; Another Opens; Threshold.

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Loyal Returns

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Flaw (In My Business Model); Hawks; Blues In Muri; St. Lawrence; Visitor From Everywhere; Party Song; Loyal Returns; Brighter Places; Night Circle.

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Article: Liner Notes

Lage Lund: Idlewild

Read "Lage Lund: Idlewild" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


An open and revealing format for any artist, the jazz trio offers rewards on many levels. Left in veracious hands, there is a spacious pocket that can be filled by any number of rhythmic and harmonic ideas, not to mention a freedom in melodic phrases which don't have to be constrained by strict chordal structures. On ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Led by Veronica Swift and Lakecia Benjamin, 2023 spotlighted some brilliantly moving new music in a year of previously unheard masterpieces. If music soothes the savage beast, this was a great year to be listening. John ColtraneEvenings At The Village Gate Impulse! Records

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Article: Live Review

SFJAZZ Collective at SFJAZZ Center

Read "SFJAZZ Collective at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


The SFJAZZ Collective The SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California November 4, 2023 Taking the stage at the commencement of a four-night run at San Francisco's SFJAZZ Center The SFJAZZ Collective launched into vibraphonist Warren Wolf's arrangement of three amalgamated Miles Davis compositions: “In a Silent Way," “Directions," and “Nardis." Then, trumpeter ...


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