Latest Jazz & Blues Reviews
last updated: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000

Steve Coleman and Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias
The most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years.

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Kyle Eastwood - The View From Here
Eastwood’s finest album to date, with a timeless quality.

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Marius Neset - Birds
An engrossing, beautifully produced album from a player and composer to watch.

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The James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute
Hunter’s latest cuts recall the golden ages of soul and blues.

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Erik Truffaz Quartet - El Tiempo de la Revolucion
Truffaz remains one of the most consistently creative trumpeters around.

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Terri Lyne Carrington - Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue
Ellington et al would be proud of Carrington’s 21st century reinterpretations.

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Aquarium - Places
Assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition.

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Mark Lockheart - Ellington in Anticipation
Seems sure to appeal equally to fans of Polar Bear, Lockheart and the Duke.

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Gary Clark, Jr. - Blak and Blu
A good introduction, albeit a wandering one.

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Chris Potter - The Sirens
The union of ECM with Potter promises to be a happy and fruitful one.

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Wayne Shorter Quartet - Without a Net
The jazz great evokes this music’s golden era on a new set of live songs.

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Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up!
Inter-generational summit sets the standard for 21st century blues.

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Pat Metheny - The Orchestrion Project
A pale live release, recommended for the hardcore only.

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Miles Davis Quintet - Live in Europe 1969 – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2
An important, enlightening document of Miles in a state of stylistic transition.

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Buddy Guy - Live at Legends
Super live cuts and studio extras which offer proof of Guy’s ageless appeal.

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Ibrahim Maalouf - Wind
Trumpeter’s fourth LP tours the musical globe for compositional inspiration.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood – Legacy Edition
Vaughan’s retooling of the blues made it relevant to a new generation.

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José James - No Beginning No End
James refines his sound on this Blue Note debut, with impressive results.

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Decoy & Joe McPhee - Spontaneous Combustion
Relentlessly entertaining, life-affirming stuff, crackling with muscular energy.

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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble - Songs of the Metropolis
A calmer-than-usual concept set from the virtuoso saxophonist.

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All About Jazz Album Reviews
last updated: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:05:06 -0700

SPOKE: (r)anthems
According to the members of SPOKE, this album--the band's third to date--"is both musical rant and anthem." So what does that mean? Well, it means that there's an intentional balancing act between the raw and refined, the focused and the untamed, and the grand and rowdy. Nothing ever goes off the ra...

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Studio Sessions
last updated: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:43:00 -0400

Ruth Brown On Piano Jazz
Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. In a 1993 session, she sang to host Marian McPartland's accompaniment in "Skylark" and "Fine And Mellow."

Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. In a 1993 session, she sang to host Marian McPartland's accompaniment in "Skylark" and "Fine And Mellow."

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