Lucy Tauss

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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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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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