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Charles Ruggiero: Boom Bang, Boom Bang!

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Though jazz drummer Charles Ruggiero has made many recordings as a sideman over the last twenty-five years, he makes his long-awaited debut with Boom Bang, Boom Bang!, paying a tribute of sorts to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, two of his favorite jazz artists. Growing up with the sounds of the flute and the Fender Rhodes, it was only natural that he decides to make his first recording effort using these voices and not make an album with a “drummy" ...

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Laura Dickinson: One for My Baby: To Frank Sinatra with Love

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Invoking the name Frank Sinatra, even in adulation, always presents a challenge, as Ol' Blue Eyes is considered by many aficionados to be the best-ever interpreter of American popular song. Singer Laura Dickinson writes that she “fell in love" with Sinatra as a teen-ager and resolved then to help keep his music and that of the Great American Songbook alive. One for My Baby thus represents Dickinson's admirable attempt to breathe new life into “a select few" of the many ...

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Oren Ambarchi: Live Knots

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"Knots" was originally a thirty-three minute track that was the centrepiece of Oren Ambarchi's album Audience of One (Touch, 2012). On the elaborate production, Ambarchi's own guitars, autoharp and percussion were joined by strings and French horn arranged by Eyvind Kang, plus drummer Joe Talia and vocalist Stephen Fandrich. Being full of drama and variety, the piece was an obvious choice for Ambarchi to take on the road, which he duly did in 2013. Now come the recordings that resulted ...

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Brandon Seabrook: Sylphid Vitalizers

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Guitarist Brandon Seabrook (Andrew Drury, Anthony Braxton) is justifiably garnering considerable press as a burgeoning firebrand who terrorizes or perhaps, atomizes the banjo and guitar with punk metal, free jazz and anarchistic rock proclivities. With his third solo release he conjures otherworldly and brain-bending propositions via an array of highly disciplined supercharged performances on banjo and guitar. He's also a frequent collaborator on the jazz improvisational front amid first-call session duties for new wave jazz productions that our largely outside-the-box. ...

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Chris McNulty: Eternal

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Eternal is a work of love and loss, a celebration of life, and a poignant piece of artistic expression. Vocalist Chris McNulty crafted this album as a tribute to her son, Sam, who passed away in 2011. This album took shape in the days following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, as McNulty, with no electricity, heat, or running water, sat with her thoughts and selected songs that reflected the complex emotions that were running through her. In the ...

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Majamisty TriO: Love

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Serbian pianist and composer Maja Alvanovic's second release with her Majamisty TriO Love is a collection of ethereal dreamscapes that crackle with lively spontaneity. The dominant and unifying theme of the album is a sort of nostalgic impressionism with fluid, hazy sonic images filtered through the lens of memory and time. The redolent “Rain Dots" evokes the warm, cozy indoor ambience of rainy afternoons. Alvanović's keys emulate the gentle pitter-patter of a drizzle that grows into a stormy ...

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Charles McPherson: The Journey

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One of the original bebop artists of our time, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson adds to his legacy and marches through a selection of timely bop-infused material on The Journey, demonstrating his mastery of the idiom by transforming jazz classics into fresh-sounding bop tunes with a blend of originals rolled into one exciting package. Long associated with Charles Mingus--a twelve-year collaboration--McPherson has been in the public eye since the early 1960s and was the central figure in providing the sound track ...

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Oliver Lake - William Parker: To Roy

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To Roy is dedicated to the late trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr., who had risen among the ranks as a first-call session artist amid a fruitful career as a leader. He was an astute and powerful improviser who succumbed to cardiovascular disease on January 9, 2014. And this album signifies the first collaboration between ultra-modern jazz giants, bassist William Parker and saxophonist Oliver Lake. It's a tightly focused encounter, where the musicians engage in plentiful call and response activities ...



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