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Buddy Tate: Texas Tenor

Saxophonist George “Buddy” Tate came to prominence in the 1930s with his hard swinging style and robust and resilient tone. His sound mellowed and matured like a fine spirit throughout a long and busy career but his approach did not veer far from his original fashion of playing, dubbed Texas Tenor…

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Mike Parkera€(TM)s Unified Theory: Embrace The Wild

New York bassist Mike Parker leads an international quintet based in Krakow, Poland where he has been residing for the last two years. This is his second album with this band and already shows signs of great things. Kicking off with “Kobra Kai Dance Remix” this is pure post-bop jazz tinged with ecle…

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Alex Norris Organ Quartet: Extension Deadline

Extension Deadline isn’t the first organ-based date that trumpeter Alex Norris put together. It is, however, the first one to see the light of day. In the liner notes for this satisfying quartet outing, Norris notes that he recorded an organ-centric record in the ’90s, but that record was shelved

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Ron Thomas: Impatience

There is something elemental about the jazz piano trio. It is classically called the “Rhythm Section,” that practical subset of a larger ensemble that produces the pulse that propels the band and compositions the band plays. It is also the most enduring of jazz performance formats that has included…

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Burak Kaya: Climate Change

Turkish guitarist Burak Kaya sees climate change as the greatest challenge facing mankind. On the sleeve of his album of the same name, he cites a Cree proverb: “Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will man finally realize th…

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Terje Isungset / Arve Henriksen: World of Glass

Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset and trumpeter m: Arve Henriksen seem to have enjoyed careers predicated on the continuous, never-ending search for new sounds. Isungset has incorporated, into his arsenal of percussive instruments, some that are made of natural elements including wo…

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Lucas Pino: No Net Nonet

So there is hope after all. With so much jazz these days soaring into realms that are often uncharted and at times unfathomable, it is a pleasure to hear groups such as tenor saxophonist m: Lucas Pino ’s No Net Nonet, which are remarkably creative even as they adhere to the basic precepts…

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