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Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, th… [ read more ]

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Jared Hall: Hallways

It has been a long road for trumpeter/composer m: Jared Hall . That road has been a path cloistered in jazz education, starting in his native Spokane, WA studying with Dan Keberle at Whitworth University, to his masters completion at Indiana University under David Baker. At that point, Ha… [ read more ]

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Dave Burrell: The Crave

A leading free jazz pianist playing the music of m: Jelly Roll Morton ? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Morton has attracted a number of interpreters from the supposedly extreme end of the spectrum, from m: Sun Ra of course, first issued on Live At The Gibus (Atlant… [ read more ]

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Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017–Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.Keyboard play… [ read more ]

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: Kickin’ Child – The Lost Album 1965

As much of a pleasure it is to hear Dion DiMucci’s voice on throughout Kickin’ Child–and it is a great pleasure indeed even if you never traversed the path from “Runaround Sue” to “Abraham Martin and John”–there’s no denying the all too obvious sources of the music. Even the cover photo hearkens to… [ read more ]

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Arve Henriksen: Towards Language

Following hot on the heels of Rimur (ECM, 2017), Towards Language is m: Arve Henriksen ‘s second album of 2017 and brings his tally of releases to ten in the past five years. One of the more remarkable things about Henriksen is that even though the quantity of releases increases, their qu… [ read more ]

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University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1: The Romeo and Juliet Project

The University of Northern Colorado’s Lab Band 1 has been a dominant force on the intercollegiate jazz scene for many years, first under director Gene Aitken and more recently Dana Landry whose latest enterprise with the band, The Romeo and Juliet Project, was of course inspired by William Shakespea… [ read more ]

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