Lucy Tauss

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June 2005    Currents

Hold Me to This: Chrisptopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead (sampler)
Christopher O'Riley

The music of Radiohead intrigues classical pianist Christopher O'Riley so much that he has recorded two albums of solo piano interpretations of the band's famously complex oeuvre. The first, True Love Waits: O'Riley Plays Radiohead, came out in 2003; he...

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June 2005    Currents

Spin
Steve Cole

Steve Cole unveils a new sound on Spin (Narada). The smooth-jazz saxophonist had become fascinated with guitar-based pop music, and he decided to take up the guitar himself. Even though Cole's saxophone is still front and center, guitars play a prominent...

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June 2005    Currents

Private Stock Volume 1
Various Artists

While worth checking out, Private Stock, Volume 1 (Three Keys) is somewhat of a mixed bag. This compilation includes remixed versions of tunes by artists on the label-including keyboardist Marcus Johnson (Three Keys' owner), saxophonist Jaared, singer Alyson...

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May 2005    Currents

Altered States
Yellowjackets

Artist Peter Max's psychedelic work embodied the spirit of the '60s, but he remains a major figure in the contemporary art scene, and he created the cover of the Yellowjackets' new Altered State (Heads Up). While not representational, the cover art is filled...

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May 2005    Currents

Silver Rain
Marcus Miller

Not too many musicians can cover Beethoven, Stevie Wonder and Duke Ellington with equal dexterity and inventiveness, but Marcus Miller can. On Silver Rain (Koch), the multi-instrumentalist covers a great deal of ground stylistically, but what firmly ties...

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May 2005    Currents

Matt's Mood
Matt Bianco featuring Basia

The contemporary jazz group Matt Bianco enjoyed considerable success in the '80s, but the band was short-lived. It originally included a singer named Basia, who soon after the band's demise embarked on a successful solo career, keeping Bianco keyboardist...

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May 2005    Currents

My American Songbook Vol. 1
Nelson Rangell

Saxophonist/flutist Nelson Rangell explores the rich American musical landscape on My American Songbook (Vol. 1) (Koch), skillfully improvising through classics spanning a range of styles and finding new ways of presenting well-known songs. A Pat Metheny...

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May 2005    Currents

When I'm With You
Chuck Loeb

Guitarist Chuck Loeb honors those who are important to him on When I'm With You (Shanachie). As he did on 2002's All There Is, Loeb dedicates several tracks to individuals who have influenced his life. Loeb formerly played in Stan Getz's band, and he pays...

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May 2005    Currents

Urban Knights VI
Urban Knights

In 1995, Urban Knights debuted on the scene as a smooth-jazz superband headed by keyboardist Ramsey Lewis and produced by Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White. The band's membership constantly rotated, including well-known players like Grover Washington Jr...

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May 2005    Currents

Got It Goin' On
Chieli Minucci

Veteran smooth-jazz guitarist and former Special EFX principal Chieli Minucci offers more of his wide-ranging guitar artistry on Got It Goin' On (Shanachie). There's plenty to enjoy here, like the funky dueling basses on "Deeper Than Deep," the evocative...

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May 2005    Currents

Obon
Hiroshima

This year marks Hiroshima's 25th anniversary as a recording act, and also the 60th anniversary of the Japanese-American internment-camps imprisonment during World War II. In commemoration of both, the band offers Obon (Heads Up), its first all-instrumental...

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May 2005    Currents

American/English
Acoustic Alchemy

Acoustic Alchemy expands its trademark dual-guitar sound in all directions on American/English (Higher Octave). This is a lively, stylistically diverse offering wherein guitarists Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale set their instruments in all kinds of...

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May 2005    Currents

Earthsongs
Secret Garden

The duo Secret Garden presents a collection of sweeping, evocative compositions on Earthsongs (Decca). The group, comprising Norwegian keyboardist/composer Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry, has created lush, symphonic pieces that are often...

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April 2005    Currents

Out of Nowhere
Two Siberians

There aren't too many acts that can thank meteorites for making their debut album become a reality, but the Siberian guitar-violin duo of Yuri Matveyev and Artyom Yakushenko can. Acclaimed in Siberia and throughout Russia, the duo-who call themselves Two...

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April 2005    Currents

The Big Picture
Shapes

If an album featuring high-level musicians jamming on an eclectic range of material appeals to you, look no further than The Big Picture (Burnin' Down the House) by the L.A.-based collective Shapes. Produced by Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip (who appears...

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April 2005    Currents

Luvpark
Luvpark

Jazz improvisation meets funk and urban elements on Luvpark's self-titled album (Imani). The Philadelphia-based collective, which is led by acclaimed jazz pianist Orrin Evans, has a contemporary sound and isn't afraid to acknowledge '70s fusion, as on "Apple...

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