Lucy Tauss

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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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April 2005    Currents

At Last... The Duets Album
Kenny G

More than a dozen marquee-name singers and musicians join Kenny G on At Last...The Duets Album (Arista), with mixed results. While in some cases-such as G's gentle, jazz-club-esque duet with Gladys Knight on "Misty"-there's a strong connection between singer...

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April 2005    Currents

Driving Force
3rd Force

3rd Force gives its trademark grooving sound an energy boost on Driving Force (Higher Octave). The popular smooth-jazz outfit started performing live as a band a few years ago and decided to reproduce the energy of their live performances in their studio...

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April 2005    Currents

Sweet Saxations
Pamela Williams

Saxophonist Pamela Williams continues to demonstrate why she's one of smooth jazz's more compelling artists as she stretches her R&B-inflected sound in appealing directions on Sweet Saxations (Shanachie). Williams' soprano and alto saxes harmonize sweetly...

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April 2005    Currents

Montreal
Jesse Cook

Guitarist Jesse Cook delivers an exciting document of his fiery stage show on Montreal (Narada), his first live album. Recorded at the Metropolis Theater during the Montreal Jazz Festival, the CD offers over an hour of Cook's dynamic brand of contemporary...

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April 2005    Currents

Adani & Wolf
Adani & Wolf

The Dutch electronica duo Adani & Wolf offers a series of textured soundscapes on their self-titled album (Rendezvous). The duo combines keyboard-created atmospheres with a variety of instrumental and vocal accents and a range of grooves. Guitarist Ernest...

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April 2005    Currents

Full Circle
Andre Delano

Saxophonist Andre Delano Roberson has played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, and Jeff Lorber, and he steps out as a leader on his debut album Full Circle (7th Note). Roberson, who goes simply by Andre Delano, has a sound that tips its hat to David...

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April 2005    Currents

FireFly
Greg Adams

Fans of grooving smooth-jazz will find much to enjoy on Greg Adams' FireFly (215). The former Tower of Power trumpeter knows how to create a lively, horn-drenched groover and amply demonstrates that talent throughout the album, notably on the title track...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Miles to Miles
Jason Miles

Jason Miles' recordings typically feature a who's who of top artists from which he is able to draw extraordinary performances, and Miles to Miles is no exception. Like Davis, Miles fuses genres to create interesting combinations, like the funky/soulful...

January/February 2005    Currents

Cozmopolitan
Jason Miles

Meanwhile, Jason Miles' first album as a leader, Cozmopolitan (Jason Miles Music), has finally been officially released-25 years after it was recorded. As Miles recalls in the liner notes, the original 1979 album was never sold to a label, and he put the...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Seldom Blues
Alexander Zonjic

Seldom Blues (Heads Up) isn't just the title of flutist Alexander Zonjic's latest CD and the name of a nightclub he co-owns in Detroit; it also reflects the listener's response to this delightful album. The CD offers a collection of upbeat smooth-jazz tunes...

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January/February 2005    Currents

Brazilian Soul
Azymuth

The illustrious Brazilian group Azymuth celebrates its 30th anniversary with Brazilian Soul (Far Out). The band's many followers will find a great deal to enjoy on the album-and not just because it clocks in at a whopping 76 minutes. The tunes reflect the...

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