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Jeff Coffin / Derek Brown: Symbiosis

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Rhyming dragons and synergetic saxophilia, in seven tracks. Two monsters of the single reed doing the sway. Oh, wait, what about the rhythm section? They brought their own! This duo has the intuitive chemistry that comes only from epochs of experience playing together. Jeff Coffin on tenor saxophone, bass flute, bass clarinet, and clarinet; one finishes ...

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Andreas Vollenweider: Quiet Places

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Music for the heart and mind, bliss and joy for the ears and spirit. It has been 10 years since the last album from Andreas Vollenweider and now he emerges with new music—three new albums, the first is Quiet Places. The new album has 10 tracks and features several homages to ancient arts as well as ...

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Derek Brown: All Figured Out

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The recommended first exposure to this guy originally from Alma, Michigan, saxophonist Derek Brown, is through YouTube. His solo adventures and small ensemble numbers (mostly duets) are great fun. He has a very playful spirit and complicated sense of humor. He likes to play in acoustically interesting places which range from creepy but beautifully lit old ...

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Fiona Joy Hawkins: Moving Through Worlds

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This is a great time for something brighter and lighter, something that brings some ease to the weary listener, who is seeking feelings of harmony and simple respite from a troubled world. The gifted composer, singer, and pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins has just the thing, an album titled Moving Through Worlds, an enchanting exploration of themes ...

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Robert Thies: Blue Landscapes III: Frontiers

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Delicate, like two wise birds heard singing on a breeze—piano and flute, bringing unhurried and relaxed, melodic instrumental wonderment. Consistently contemplative serene movements, weaving a diaphanous kaleidoscopic silk tapestry. Nothing is even remotely fast or moderately hasty, the entire album is a perfect daydream with clouds. Thies and Krajacic create soundscapes that leave enough space in ...

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Masa Takumi: Heritage

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An amazing blend of modern orchestration and arrangement strategies with ancient Japanese Court sounds, instruments and vocals from previous centuries, a sound and rhythm resonant with multi-textured compositions that are friendly to the fingertips all the way to the toes for the beat, as well as to the ear for the groove. A feeling that carries ...

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The Groove Project: Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy

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Refreshing, new and innovative compositions from producer and guitarist Arun Shenoy and his eight-piece ensemble, The Groove Project. What you will hear is upbeat and energizing, good for keeping your pace up while exercising, running and powering through the day, and plenty left over for moving all night on the dance floor. There are some tracks ...


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