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Steve Hobbs: Vibes, Straight Up

Born and bred in Raleigh, N.C., vibraphonist Steve Hobbs endeavors here to pay tribute to his Southern roots, as each of these nine compositions has some kind of connection to the South, however distant that connection might be. It’s difficult for any vibraphonist-if only because there were and are so few-to not show the influence … Read More “Steve Hobbs: Vibes, Straight Up”

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Lorraine Desmarais Big Band : Lorraine Desmarais Big Band

Until now, pianist/composer Lorraine Desmarais’ recordings have been with small groups. On this, her 10th recording, she wanted to do something different. She’s proven to be nothing if not versatile, and this is quite the ambitious undertaking. These charts are definitely not a cinch to play, but the 16 musicians make it sound easy. There’s … Read More “Lorraine Desmarais Big Band : Lorraine Desmarais Big Band”

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