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Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Meets Bill Cunliffe

First, the good news: After a 40-year hiatus, clarinetist Mort Weiss returned to performing about a decade ago, and this new release finds him collaborating for the first time with L.A. keyboard giant Bill Cunliffe, with sympathetic support from bassist Chris Conner and drummer Roy McCurdy. Weiss and Cunliffe dazzle through bebop heaven (Miles Davis’ … Read More “Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Meets Bill Cunliffe”

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Eldar Djangirov : Three Stories

On Three Stories, his first solo piano release for Sony, Eldar Djangirov offers a stunning triptych of his abilities: ethereal classics (Bach, Scriabin), clever re-imaginations (Gershwin, Cahn, Van Heusen, Chick Corea, Monk, Charlie Parker, Dave Matthews) and heady originals. Like Keith Jarrett, Eldar’s classical training has informed his jazz chops, and vice versa. Other than … Read More “Eldar Djangirov : Three Stories”

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Bobby Selvaggio: Grass Roots Movement

For his third recording, alto saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio gathers first-class talent who, like Selvaggio himself, fly somewhat below the radar: keyboardist Frank LoCrasto, electric guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Kip Reed and drummer James Johnson. Selvaggio’s eight original compositions range from pensive and ambient to downright grooving. Of the high-energy tracks, the opening “No Turn on … Read More “Bobby Selvaggio: Grass Roots Movement”

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Monty Alexander: Uplift

Although Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander is the quintessential interpreter of Caribbean roots in a jazz context, he is equally in his element with good ol’ American bop and blues in the vein of Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson. On the aptly titled Uplift, Alexander and company reinvent rhythm at every turn, turning swing into blues, … Read More “Monty Alexander: Uplift”

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