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Dori Caymmi: Poesia Musicada

Dori Caymmi has always had a lot to live up to. His father, the legendary Dorival Caymmi, helped put Brazilian music on the map in the 20th century. As a singer and composer, Dorival’s odes to the lifestyle, women and beaches of his native Bahia were the touchstones for samba, Afro-Brazilian pop and, of course, … Read More “Dori Caymmi: Poesia Musicada”

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Greg Reitan: Daybreak

Pianist Greg Reitan’s Daybreak seems custom-built for a late-September meander through Central Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Which is to say the record is pensive and beautiful and infused with delicate motion that conveys a sense of contentment tinged with nostalgic melancholy. Whether he’s leading his trio through original compositions (the bouncy “Five Four” … Read More “Greg Reitan: Daybreak”

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Reuben Wilson Trio: Revisited

The opening track of NYC-based organist Reuben Wilson’s latest disc is called “Here We Go.” It’s an appropriate title: With the downbeat he comes out swinging hard, and from the soul jazz of “The Shuffle” through the ’60s-style blues-a-go-go of “See See Rider” and the beboppin’ “Wee,” he doesn’t let up. Even when Wilson does … Read More “Reuben Wilson Trio: Revisited”

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Pete Levin: Jump!

Some music, just by the act of listening to it, makes you feel cooler. A great jazz organ trio can do that with ease. Whether it’s Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes or Pete Levin, those syncopated stabs and walking basslines on the Hammond B3, when percolating with brushed drums and warm electric guitar, have the … Read More “Pete Levin: Jump!”

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