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Mike Ledonne : FiveLive

Even though the best-sounding jazz recordings are made in studios, most people’s favorite jazz albums were made live in clubs or concert halls. Jazz recorded in a studio is to jazz recorded live as animals in a zoo are to animals in their wild natural habitat.

FiveLive could not have happened in a studio. Someone would have tried to make it prove a point, or cleaned it up. FiveLive was recorded in October 2007 in a little joint on north Broadway called Smoke. It is not so much a record as a vicarious night out in Manhattan: a night of raw, real, hard, fast, high-caliber New York jazz.

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