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Bob Dowell: Mississippi Slide!

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Trombonist and group leader {{Bob Dowell]] has an impressive debut disc, following many successful years as a sideman. With the able assist of Tony Thomas on B3, Art Edmaiston on tenor, and the super tight rhythm team of drummer Tom Lonardo and bassist Tim Goodwin, Dowell surveys an era between the post-bop 60s and the experimental ...

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Stanton Moore: With You In Mind

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Stanton Moore's tribute to Allen Toussaint is chock full of New Orleans sounds and is one of his most exciting albums to date. Moore, a New Orleans native himself, is fully immersed in the groove, and that groove is funky. Allen Toussaint pretty much invented New Orleans funk and Moore is a faithful disciple. This collection ...

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Dizzy Gillespie: Concert Of The Century

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This superb album was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in November of 1980. All of the principals have passed on, so it's that much more of a treat. Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie fronted the group of Ray Brown (bass), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Hank Jones (piano), Philly Joe Jones (drums) and James Moody (tenor sax and flute), ...

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Katie Thiroux: Off Beat

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Katie Thiroux has studied with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and bassist John Clayton, and the bassist/vocalist was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee, later teaching at the esteemed College of Music. Her resume is as impressive as it gets, but this is not a woman who rests on her laurels. Her instruments are her calling cards. ...

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Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Live albums can be an iffy proposition. Not so with this double CD set recorded live at New York's legendary Village Vanguard. California born Akinmusire has worked with the same band for a number of years and their communication is apparent. Pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown supply the support ...

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Various Artists: Detroit Jazz City

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Blue Note president Don Was is a metro jny: Detroit native. He grew up exposed to the rich musical legacy of the city, as well as to the economic struggles of many of the city's residents. This celebrates both. As the press release states, “All proceeds from the album will be donated to Focus: HOPE to ...


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