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The Omar Hakim Experience: We Are One

Read "We Are One" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

To properly appreciate The Omar Hakim Experience one must look back to move forward. By the time Hakim slipped behind the drum kit of Weather Report in 1983, the band was staggering under the weight of personnel departures, management problems and family issues. Founding member Joe Zawinul went in search of new recruits and in walked ...

Dept of Good and Evil

Label: Savoy Jazz
Released: 2007
Track listing: Soul Meets Body; Milky Way; King of Pain; Lakme; Inner Urge; Moon and Sun; Maps; Love Will Tear Us Apart; ESP; Walking on Water; Ain't No Sunshine; Saint of New Orleans.

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Dept of Good and Evil feat. Rachel Z: Dept of Good and Evil

Read "Dept of Good and Evil" reviewed by John Kelman

Pianist Rachel Z revisits her successful deconstruction of (largely) contemporary tunes on Everlasting (Tone Center, 2004) with Dept of Good and Evil. This time, however, the trio's more collaborative nature has compelled Z to release the music under a collective group name, Dept of Good and Evil. There's a stronger balance struck between contemporary material, original ...

Grace

Label: Chesky Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Protect This Child; Moon In Your Hair; One; Grace; Pain; Come As You Are; This Woman's Work; Riot; Joga; Imagine.

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Rachel Z: Grace

Read "Grace" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

This should have been easy to avoid. During the recording or planning sessions for Grace, Rachel Z's first vocal album, someone should have had the courage to tell her that she just doesn't sing very well. She has tried many different things over the years, to varying degrees of success, so perhaps she figured that singing ...

Everlasting

Label: Tone Center
Released: 2004
Track listing: Here Comes the Sun; Kiss from a Rose; Interlude; Mortal; Ring of Fire; Wild Horses; Black Hole Sun; Fields of Gold; Kid Charlemagne; One Time; Tonight Tonight; Kiss of Life; Interlude; Red Rain.

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Rachel Z: Everlasting

Read "Everlasting" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

If one has little sympathy for the jazzification of popular music, low tolerance for jazzified swinging musicality for its own sake, outright disgust for anything other than scorching tempos or abstraction for its own sake, derision for space and breaths of cooled musical air between the polarities of accessible depth and potent fragility, then one should ...

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Rachel Z: Everlasting

Read "Everlasting" reviewed by John Kelman

Deconstructing popular contemporary songs seems to be the current flavour of the month. From the Bad Plus' rock-heavy interpretations of the Pixies to Brad Mehldau's inventive look at Radiohead, artists are realizing that not only is there a wealth of modern material out there to replace the Great American Songbook, but the approach has resulted in ...

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Rachel Z Shocks the Bunny

Read "Rachel Z Shocks the Bunny" reviewed by Mike Brannon

Ok, quick...name all the artists you can think of with a last name starting with Z. Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet...but they're all in the Zappa family, right? Ok, Zamfir, if you've really gotta go there. Well, now there's another worthy of that elusive 26th letter... pianist/keyboardist Rachel Niccolazzo or Rachel Z, for short. Numbered among her many ...


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