Lucy Tauss

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01/07/14    Albums

In the Moment
Pieces of a Dream

In the Moment is Pieces of a Dream’s 20th album, released as the Philadelphia-based outfit is celebrating its 37th year as a group, and here the band shows that it still has plenty of interesting musical ideas. While most of the tracks on In the Moment reflect...

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10/11/13    Albums

Summer Horns
Dave Koz and Friends

Inspired by classic pop, rock and R&B bands of the 1960s and ’70s that featured horns, like Chicago, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind and Fire, smooth-jazz saxophone superstar Dave Koz called on three well-known sax-playing friends—Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright...

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09/16/13    Albums

Human Nature
BWB

In 2002, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Kirk Whalum and guitarist Norman Brown, all major smooth-jazz stars, came together under the name BWB and recorded a collaborative album called Groovin’ . Eleven years later, they’ve reunited for the follow-up...

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08/12/13    Albums

Dreamweaver
George Duke

George Duke makes joy out of sadness on DreamWeaver , the veteran keyboardist’s first album following the death of his wife, Corine, last year. Initially, the grief-stricken Duke found it difficult to create music, but inspiration eventually returned, and...

07/28/13    Albums

Leap of Faith
Bluey

Producer-guitarist Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, the main force behind the popular British acid-jazz outfit Incognito, steps out as a leader on his debut solo album, Leap of Faith . Maunick never sang much with Incognito, mostly leaving vocal duties to others...

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07/05/13    Albums

The Beat
Boney James

On his 14th album, Boney James demonstrates how working within a familiar range need not be limiting. He doesn’t deviate much from the R&B-inflected saxophone sound that made him one of smooth jazz’s most popular artists, but he places it in a variety of...

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06/30/13    Albums

The View From Here
Kyle Eastwood

On The View From Here , his sixth release as a leader, bassist Kyle Eastwood and his accomplished band take the listener on an excursion through a wide range of styles, rhythms and moods. Eastwood may be the bandleader, but The View From Here is very much...

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July/August 2005    Albums

Wild Card
The Rippingtons

Rippingtons albums generally reflect some sort of theme and this time is no exception as the veteran contemporary-jazz band travels to South Beach for the delightfully high-spirited, Latin-tinged Wild Card. Guitarist and group leader Russ Freeman typically...

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July/August 2005    Albums

OverTime
Lee Ritenour

Veteran guitarist Lee Ritenour surveys his wide-ranging career on the live album OverTime, his debut release on Peak, which is co-headed by his former GRP labelmate, guitarist and Rippingtons leader Russ Freeman. Ritenour's career has encompassed contemporary...

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July/August 2005    Albums

Temptation
Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub's Temptation marks some new collaborations for the smooth-jazz guitarist. It's his first album for the Narada label, and it also represents his first time working with top smooth-jazz producer Paul Brown. What hasn't changed is Golub's nuanced...

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June 2005    Currents

Doyle's Brunch
O'2L

The compositions created by the duo O'2L are best described as sonic collages that combine live playing, samples, vocals and effects in kaleidoscopic ways. Comprising the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Al Pitrelli (a rock veteran who has played with...

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June 2005    Currents

We Want You to Say…
Sakesho

We Want You to Say... (Heads Up), the sophomore album by the jazzy world-music band Sakesho, will put a smile on your face, not only because of the bright, upbeat music, but also because the bandmembers' high spirits are practically palpable. The band, which...

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June 2005    Currents

Blow
Patches Stewart

Trumpeter Michael "Patches" Stewart is probably best known as a top sideman, but he steps out on his own on his solo album, Blow (Koch). Stewart's longtime collaborator, Marcus Miller, is prominently featured on the album, and together they create a sound...

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June 2005    Currents

Questions
Us3

In 1994, the jazz/hip-hop outfit Us3 arrived on the scene with a sound that combined rap with live playing and samples culled from Blue Note's vast vaults. The group earned a huge hit with "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," which incorporated a sample of Herbie...

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June 2005    Currents

For Her
Walter Beasley

Veteran smooth-jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley depicts the arc of a romantic relationship on For Her (Head's Up). The album opens with "She's All That," which presumably reflects the exhilaration of a new relationship. It's a grooving uptempo number with...

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June 2005    Currents

Flipside
Jeff Lorber

Jeff Lorber balances modern and retro styles on his rhythmically varied outing Flipside (Narada). The veteran smooth-jazz keyboardist exhibits his jazzy side on tunes such as the swinging title track, but he adds a contemporary twist: Rather than using the...

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