Lucy Tauss

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01/02/16    Albums

The New Cool
Bob James/Nathan East

Keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East explore their long-held musical connection on the mostly acoustic album The New Cool , an elegant, sensitively performed collection of originals and covers. The New Cool marks the first but hopefully not the...

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08/13/15    Albums

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Boney James

Retro-soul meets new-school production on Boney James’ futuresoul . The contemporary jazz saxophonist built a highly successful career on a sound deeply rooted in R&B, and his credentials in that arena are impeccable. Heavily influenced by the likes of Grover...

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07/30/15    Albums

EastSideRioDrive
Nilson Matta

Brazilian-born, now New York-based acoustic bassist and bandleader Nilson Matta finds distinctive, sometimes unexpected ways to present well-known compositions on EastSideRioDrive . Matta is joined by a stellar group of players—including saxophonist Craig...

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07/04/15    Albums

Time Pieces
Kyle Eastwood

Bassist Kyle Eastwood explores late-’50s and early ’60s hard bop on Time Pieces . Eastwood says that genre of jazz was a big influence on him, and he and his band—saxophonist Brandon Allen, trumpeter/flugelhornist Quentin Collins, pianist Andrew McCormack...

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06/22/15    Albums

Time and the River
David Sanborn

David Sanborn’s sax voice is unmistakable. Rooted in jazz and informed by R&B, pop and rock, it is instantly recognizable, a sound that has inspired legions of emulators and earned the veteran saxophonist a slew of accolades. On Time and the River , Sanborn...

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03/22/15    Albums

Brazilian Nights
Kenny G

In the liner notes to Brazilian Nights , Kenny G declares, “I’ve been in love with bossa nova my whole life.” Whether that’s actually true or just a marketing line, the smooth-jazz saxophonist demonstrates a genuine affinity for Brazilian music on this album...

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12/26/14    Albums

Eclectic
Eric Johnson/Mike Stern

With Eclectic , Mike Stern and Eric Johnson, two guitar giants famed for their prodigious, often fiery technique, deliver a duet album that exhibits such a strong musical accord you might wonder why the two hadn’t recorded an album together before. The collaboration...

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12/08/14    Albums

Jazz Funk Soul
Jeff Lorber/Chuck Loeb/Everette harp

Three of contemporary jazz’s most popular artists—keyboardist Jeff Lorber, guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxophonist Everette Harp—offer a fresh take on fusion on Jazz Funk Soul , an album that grew out of a successful tour. The title is certainly truth in advertising...

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11/02/14    Albums

Can You Feel It
Rick Braun

There’s a cut on Rick Braun’s new album called “Get Up and Dance,” and while it’s not the title track, that title captures this disc’s spirit perfectly. Braun, a popular smooth-jazz trumpeter/flugelhornist, evokes the sound and spirit of classic ’70s jazz...

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09/17/14    Albums

Fountain of Youth
The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman take the listener on a kaleidoscopic excursion on Fountain of Youth , the popular contemporary jazz outfit’s 20th album. Leader and guitarist Freeman is working with a varied sonic palette here, drawing on influences...

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09/11/14    Albums

Lip Service
Richard Elliot

Marking his 30th anniversary as a solo recording artist this year, saxophonist Richard Elliot delivers Lip Service , an amiable but predictable set filled with the kind of R&B-informed contemporary jazz that has made the former Tower of Power member a mainstay...

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09/02/14    Albums

Slam Dunk
Gerald Albright

On his latest disc, Gerald Albright offers a high-energy contemporary jazz set that puts the veteran saxophonist’s dizzying array of talents amply on display. Not only does the album showcase Albright’s formidable skills on alto, soprano, tenor and baritone...

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06/08/14    Albums

Chameleon
Harvey Mason

Harvey Mason revisits seven fusion classics of the 1970s on Chameleon , his Concord Records debut album. The veteran drummer, currently a member of the superband Fourplay, has performed with a vast range of artists, and he played on nearly all of the originals...

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05/23/14    Albums

Tenacity
Paul Taylor

The 10-track Tenacity is saxophonist Paul Taylor’s 10th album, and the smooth-jazz star continues to find interesting new settings for his sweet, appealing sax sound. Covering a wide swath of stylistic ground, Tenacity affords Taylor ample opportunity to...

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04/28/14    Albums

Another Long Night Out
Brian Culbertson

He may be one of smooth jazz’s biggest stars now, but 20 years ago, keyboardist/trombonist Brian Culbertson was a student and aspiring musician at Chicago’s DePaul University, recording demos for what would become his 1994 debut album, Long Night Out , in...

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04/27/14    Albums

Don't Talk, Dance!
Chris Standring

On Don’t Talk, Dance! , Chris Standring delivers a collection of irresistibly funky, compositionally sophisticated tunes that, yes, work well as dance music but also hold up under a close listen. The British-born guitarist draws from a wide range of genres...

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