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Mayra Casales

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Article: Interview

Monika Herzig: Both Sides of Joni with Janiece Jaffe

Read "Monika Herzig: Both Sides of Joni with Janiece Jaffe" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


It is always challenging to create an album based on songs by someone as great as Joni Mitchell. Monika Herzig, pianist and composer, went for this challenge inspired by vocalist Janiece Jaffe. Although they recorded the project together, Jaffe passed away unexpectedly after heart surgery in November 2022. Shocked and devastated by the passing ...

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Baker's Circle

Label: Strikezone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tough; El Camino; Dreamsong; Everything I Love; Rush Hour; Superstar; Baker’s Circle; Inner City Blues; Love Dance; Trouble (No. 2).

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Eternal Dance

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Label: Savant Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 7:03

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Song of the Day

Bubbles

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Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2018
Duration: 7:54

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Baker's Circle

Read "Baker's Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Baker's Circle, guitarist Dave Stryker revisits a format in which he is quite comfortable: an organ-driven rhythm ensemble whose emphasis is on hard-nosed contemporary swing. There is, however, a refreshing exclamation mark this time around in the person of able-bodied tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, and one more fringe benefit (on three tracks): percussionist Mayra ...

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Eternal Dance

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: We Are the Champions; Eternal Dance; Dear Geri; Rabbit; Fly High; We Can Be (S)Heroes; Fall in Reading; Seas of Change; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Up in the Sky; Memories of Petra; Hymn for Justice and Understanding (Bonus Track).

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Attuned to the idea that you can never get too much of a good thing, guitarist Dave Stryker has forged sequels to some of his most dynamic projects. From his Steeplechase cannon there are the four volumes of Blue to the Bone and a pair of releases devoted to the electric side of Miles Davis. So ...

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Article: Album Review

Charlie Apicella: Groove Machine

Read "Groove Machine" reviewed by Don Phipps


On Groove Machine, Charlie Apicalla & Iron City serves up a gumbo of styles that run from New Orleans blues and Chicago funk to Motown and New York bop. The combination makes for a “groovy" listening experience—road music that will keep the head nodding and the mind trucking. Apicella penned five of the eight numbers on ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Eight Track III

Read "Eight Track III" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


If an idea works, you might as well ride it to its logical conclusion. Following vibraphonist Stefon Harris' advice along those lines in this context, guitarist Dave Stryker completes his Eight Track odyssey with the delivery of the third volume of jazz takes on '70s radio staples. Harris, after having passed the mallets off to fellow ...


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