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Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables

Tyshawn Sorey has realized a career’s worth of accomplishments, accolades and appointments despite a professional resume that–with the exception of m: Vijay Iyer ’s Blood Sutra (Artist House, 2003)–is not quite ten years in the making. On the verge of his doctoral degree in composition a…

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Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables

Ondrej Stveracek: Calm

Veteran Chech-Republic hard-bop saxophonist Ondrej Stveracek, has been a mainstay of the European jazz scene and remains one of the finest proponents of the bop sound, now delivers another outstanding musical statement with the misleadingly titled Calm, since the meat of this date, is far more explo… [ read more ]

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Guinga: Porto da Madama

Brazilian music is an immediately recognizable genre with a distinct sense of melancholy underlying its beautiful melodies and harmonies. Indeed, the poetic lyrics, the soft edges of the language itself and the particular chordal colorings chosen virtually define that which is “Brazil.” Although thi… [ read more ]

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Guinga: Porto da Madama

Rob Mazurek/Emmett Kelly: Alien Flower Sutra

It’s nothing new for Rob Mazurek to travel the road less taken. What’s surprising is that he continues to locate so many alternate routes of expression; his creative compass pointing in directions rarely seen by others. Alien Flower Sutra , a (mostly) duo outing with Emmett Kelly, explores yet anoth…

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Rebecka Larsdotter: Whirlwind

Finding a balance between original material and the great tradition of jazz classics and standards can be difficult as a singer. Sometimes, you end up with albums that merely replicate what has already been said, and other times you encounter music that cuts all ties to tradition and ends up being s…

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Adrienne Fenemor: Mo’ Puddin’

Vocalist, Hammond B 3 specialist and educator, Adrienne Fenemor unveils a tasteful musical treat with the dynamic Mo’ Puddin’ presenting an explosive session of organ-based music offering a selection of six originals and three standards full of swing and swagger. A New York-based performer and educa…

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Fire! Orchestra: Two Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras

It can be notoriously difficult to keep large-scale improvising ensembles in check and prevent their music from spiralling into incoherence. At their best, when the balance between order and chaos is just right, they make thrilling listening and attract fans in abundance, just as jazz big bands once… [ read more ]

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Fire! Orchestra: Two Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras

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