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Jeff Benedict Group: Rhubumba

Saxophonist Jeff Benedict is a music professor at Cal State University, and he has the kind of tight musical relationship with his friend pianist Paul De Castro that you should build a band around. By adding a tipico rhythm section of conguero Bob Fernandez and timbalero Jimmy Branly and a front line of trombonist Jacques … Read More “Jeff Benedict Group: Rhubumba”

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Glauco Sagebin Trio: When Baden Meets Trane

When Baden Meets Trane is an apt title for this trio effort from Brazilian pianist Glauco Sagebin, who gathers inspiration not just from his homeland’s sambas and bossas but also from the swing of jazz. Using John Coltrane and Brazilian composer Baden Powell as chief influences, Sagebin, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Paulo Braga play … Read More “Glauco Sagebin Trio: When Baden Meets Trane”

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Steve Smith and Vital Information: Come On In

Toward the end of his first stint with arena-rock superstars Journey, drummer and jazz-fusion veteran Steve Smith began working with a small group of friends that called itself Vital Information. Even after 10 albums the group is one of improvised music’s best-kept secrets. Come on In is the third Vital Information CD with the current … Read More “Steve Smith and Vital Information: Come On In”

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