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Peter Hum: Alpha Moment

Pianist Peter Hum’s second album–Alpha Moment–was recorded back in December of 2011, but there’s good reason for the fact that it’s only just seeing the light of day in 2015: Hum has had his hands full, serving as the restaurant critic at the Ottawa Citizen, delivering some of the most informative…

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Junior Mance: Jubilation

Pianist Junior Mance has a bop-based facility with improvisation and a bluesy, “no- nonsense” candid style. Mance debuted his career with this unique blend of traits and his singular voice has changed little over the course of his prolific career that spans over half a century. The Delmark reissue o…

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Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra: Pathfinding

The last word has yet to be spoken on the role of the baritone saxophone in jazz big band writing. m: Duke Ellington used Harry Carney to great, often magnificent effect. Then, in 1960, m: Gerry Mulligan took things further with his Concert Jazz Band. At that moment the Beatles…

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Fort Knox Five: Pressurize the Cabin

Pressurize the Cabin delivers the best of the club dance experience–funky grooves, spacey loops and echoes, scratches and samples, shout outs and call outs–without overpriced drinks or the ubiquitous smoke, glitter or perfume. The core four of the m: Fort Knox Five –Sid Barcelona, Jon…

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Blasie Siwula/Luciano Troja/John Murchison: Beneath the Ritual

The biggest slice of the free jazz stew is cooked up with–going back to the beginnings of alto saxophonist m: Ornette Coleman ’s artistry–a horn or two stirred in with bass and drums. The chording instrument–guitar or piano–is generally optional.

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Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally!

New York-based guitarist Larry Newcomb says his latest album was recorded “live”–but don’t hold your breath waiting for the sound of applause. As it turns out, the CD was recorded “live” at Tom Tedesco Studios in Paramus, NJ.

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Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally!

Mark Taylor and the BigBand: To the Edge

The person who grasps the reins as big band arranger assumes assorted artistic and aesthetic responsibilities–a “structural” engineer, a sound painter, a decision-maker, and quite importantly, a challenger and motivator. The finest purveyors of the craft, both past and present, are all well-aware o…

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