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Gretchen Parlato: The Lost And Found

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Despite being completely different singers, there's a lot to connect Gretchen Parlato with the legendary Billie Holiday. Holiday was a singer with a phrasing deeply rooted in the blues, while Parlato is a jazz singer with the modern influences of R&B and pop music, but what draws them together is the uniqueness of their respective styles. ...


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The Brian Landrus Quartet: Traverse

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Jazz fans often cite Gerry Mulligan as the most recognized baritone saxophonist in jazz, but for most, the list stops there. Why the baritone saxophone is not a more popular instrument in jazz is uncertain; in the right hands, the instrument has a warmth and tonal beauty unlike any other. Baritone saxophonist Brian ...


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Ezra Weiss: The Shirley Horn Suite

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Portland based pianist/composer Ezra Weiss' fifth release is a tribute to Shirley Horn, who died in 2005 at age 71. Horn was an excellent pianist and sensitive vocalist, and a Grammy Award-winner in 1991, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Weiss is certainly an extraordinaire composer, the winner of three ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. ...


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Audrey Silver: Dream Awhile

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to tell, by the pure joy of Audrey Silver's voice on Dream Awhile, that this 2009 collection is the singer's favorite jazz standards. Silver amazing, glimmering tone shines all throughout, especially on the up-tempo, swinging tracks “I Will Wait For You," “Exactly Like You" and Irving Berlin's “The Song Is Ended." She even adds some Ella ...


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Michel Reis: Point Of No Return

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The trio on Michel Reis' Point Of No Return is a testament to the international character of jazz music, especially in the 21th century. A pianist/composer from Luxemburg, Reis studied jazz performance and composition at Berklee College of Music. Adam Cruz is a Latin American drummer, born in New York, whose experience includes playing with Chick ...


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Michael Feinberg: With Many Hands

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Bassist Michael Feinberg is a good example of the new breed of young jazz musicians equally comfortable playing a diversity of jazz styles. On With Many Hands, Feinberg's music goes from bebop to avant-garde, and from a ballad to a funky rhythm--sometimes in the same song--with amazing ease and conviction. Surely it all comes from Feinberg ...


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Fred Hersch: Alone At The Vanguard

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Alone at The Vanguard is pianist Fred Hersch's first solo performance at New York's Village Vanguard, after his serious illness and coma in 2008. The release was recorded during the final set on the last night of his six-day run in 2010, and the solo recital format gives the disc an intimate, almost classical music feel, ...


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Suzanne Pittson: Out of the Hub: The Music of Freddie Hubbard

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The vocalese and scatting tradition is alive and well in singer Suzanne Pittson. With Out of the Hub: The Music of Freddie Hubbard, Pittson continues to establish herself as one of the best singers on today's jazz scene. Out of the Hub includes tunes written by or associated with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard, with ...


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Nicholas Urie: My Garden

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The combination of poetry and music is not new. Spain and Latin America have a great tradition of poetry musicalization. As part of the Nueva Trova style of the 1970s, singers like Silvio Rodriguez, Mercedes Sosa, Atahaulpa Yupanqui and Roy Brown set the poetry of some of Latin America's best writers to music. Being ...


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Roberta Piket: Sides, Colors

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Some people describe music in terms of colors. Composers like Duke Ellington used them in song titles like “Black, Brown And Beige," “Black And Tan Fantasy" and “Mood Indigo," to describe the mood and feeling of his music, Sides, Colors is a perfect title for this release by pianist Roberta Piket, as she ...


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