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Gretchen Parlato: Turning Into Blue

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Étienne Mbappé & The Prophets: Johnji

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Joe Zawinul and the Zawinul Syndicate: Zansa II

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Missing Parts

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Like a few others (such as Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck), Darcy James Argue seems bent on expanding the musical envelope of the big band via the instrumentation, repertoire and approach of his Secret Society. Though this piece from their 2013 Brooklyn Babylon project was designed to be heard in tandem with the highly stylized visuals ...


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Ben Wendel High Heart: Drawn Away

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Jon Herington: City Of Lights

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"City of Lights" has a bit of lineage. From Jon Herington's Pulse And Cadence (ESC, 2008)--which itself is a reissue/repackage of his Japan-only debut album The Complete Rhyming Dictionary (Glass House, 1993)--the song was originally titled “Paris On Mine" and is a musical retort/homage to the John McLaughlin classic “New York On My Mind" [from Electric ...


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Wayne Krantz: One Of Two

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While the whole of Wayne Krantz's Signals (Enja, 1990) is a bit too impressive a debut to be called prototypical, the origins for what would become the meat of guitarist's stylistic identity lie in “One Of Two." Along with its companion piece (the cleverly-titled “Two Of Two"), this solo performance is arguably the first recorded appearance ...


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Chris Dahlgren: Cherubs Contemplating Tacky Bass Figurines In Heaven

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This sublime track from bassist Chris Dahlgren is really a quasi-classical chamber miniature given the meterless/free treatment by some great jazz-minded musicians. And while the buzz-bassed, noise-meditative mid-section may be enough to throw off a few less-than-committed passengers, it also may be the perfect--if unlikely--foil that turns the whole 9+ minutes into something transcendent. Featuring Tim ...


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Chris Potter Underground: The Wheel

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Saxophonist Chris Potter has struck gold with many of his lineups but his Underground was indeed a special one, as this 2009 clip shows. With drummer Nate Smith, keyboardist Craig Taborn and guitarist Adam Rogers joining in, “The Wheel" turns and burns so, it may take a minute to notice the absence of a bassist but ...


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Rick Peckham Trio: Real Time

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The semi-trashy, primal majesty of Rick Peckham's sound may initially throw more than a few jazz listeners but it soon becomes clear why he's a longtime assistant chair of the Berklee Guitar Department. Joined here by bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Jim Black, the music put forth on this track and on the rest of Left ...


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