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Bassist/Composer Mark E. Peterson has conducted, recorded and performed with such luminary vocalists as Shakira, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, Lyle Lovett, Maxime LeForrestier, Shania Twain, Lizz Wright and Jazz great Cassandra Wilson (playing bass on the Grammy Award winning CD, “New Moon Daughter”). He has appeared in concerts worldwide with a Who’s Who of jazz and blues instrumentalists, including trumpeter Clark Terry, pianist Johnny Johnson (Chuck Berry), Ornette Coleman and James Blood Ulmer. As a composer, he has received major acclaim for the release of his first cd “The Blue Room”, and has been featured as the opening act for saxophonist David Sanborn and DeeDee Bridgewater

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Matt Kane: The Other Side of the Story

Read "The Other Side of the Story" reviewed by Don Phipps

Composer and drummer Matt Kane can write tunes. The Other Side of the Story is loaded with head-nodding musical episodes and pastoral, day-dream ballads. The compositions (all written by Kane) have a Joe Zawinul / Wayne Shorter feel to them, but Kane's own masterful voice is clearly evident in the music. Kane's bandmates contribute ...

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Ithamara Koorax: All Around the World

Read "All Around the World" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

All Around the World represents several milestones for firebrand Brazilian vocalist Ithamara Koorax: It marks her twentieth release as a leader, celebrates the 25th year of her career, and, just like her first official release (Ithamara Koorax Live in Rio [1993, JVC]), All Around the World comes digitally straight from the soundboard, with no overdubs or ...

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From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America

Read "From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Aguankó Invisible Aguankó Music 2015 In 2012, conguero and composer Alberto Nacif, a Mexican native transplanted in Michigan, brought together some of the area's most skilled Afro-Cuban and Latin musicians to form Aguankó. Their small ensemble with a large Latin jazz sound herewith follows up their self-produced 2013 debut Elemental ...

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Reut Regev's R*Time: Exploring the Vibe

Read "Exploring the Vibe" reviewed by Troy Collins

Exploring the Vibe is the dynamic follow-up to This is R Time (Ropeadope, 2009), the critically acclaimed debut of R*Time, a mutable ensemble led by Israeli-born trombonist Reut Regev. A versatile instrumentalist, Regev has been involved in a number of eclectic projects since moving to New York City in 1998, including musical experiments in Radical Jewish ...

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James Blood Ulmer: In And Out

Read "In And Out" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The title of this record is simultaneously a tip of the hat toward the record label which released it and an appropriate explanation of the music contained within. James Blood Ulmer's sound resides at the crossroads where Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock collides with Ornette Coleman's music; where gutsy blues songs meet the avant-garde. His voice bears some ...


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