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McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders & Kenny Garrett

The Montreal Jazz Festival allows audiences to hear some of the world’s greatest jazz artists within days or mere hours of one another. The results offer one the opportunity to listen to jazz in a different way. Experiencing this year’s lineup, two camps emerged. At the formally structured Les Grands concert hall programs, jazz giants … Read More “McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders & Kenny Garrett”

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Donald Harrison: Without A Mask

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Donald Harrison was down but not out. This native son of New Orleans reconnected with music by drawing strength from his ties to the city. The saxophonist tells Geraldine Wyckoff what’s next for the three different groups he leads

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Trio da Paz: Somewhere

The brilliant musicianship of this all-star Brazilian supergroup is the key to a disc full of enjoyment. Superbly led by guitarist Romero Lubambo, with bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, this band has been together for 15 years, and the musicians play off each other with an acute understanding of their bandmates’ dynamics … Read More “Trio da Paz: Somewhere”

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Los Hombres Calientes: Big Bad Voodoo Daddies

Hanging out with Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield is a bit like being around a longtime happily married couple. As we talk in the living room of Mayfield’s newly acquired Uptown New Orleans home on a warm February day, the leaders of the fast-rising group Los Hombres Calientes joust, laugh, joke and finish each other’s … Read More “Los Hombres Calientes: Big Bad Voodoo Daddies”

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Paraiso

A tropical breeze prevails over vibist/marimbist Dave Samuel’s airy opener “One Step Ahead,” forecasting the fair weather ahead for Paraiso. As on the Caribbean Jazz Project’s last outing, New Horizons, a rollicking rhythm section joins co-leaders Samuels, flutist Dave Valentin and guitarist Steve Khan. Paraiso is a mix of reinvented standards and solid original material. … Read More “Caribbean Jazz Project: Paraiso”

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Phillip Manuel: Love Happened to Me

Phillip Manuel teams up with a top-flight New Orleans crew for the vocalist’s MAXJAZZ debut. While the material ranges from interpretations of pop numbers like Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” and Sting’s “Fragile” to the standards of “‘Round Midnight” and “These Foolish Things,” Manuel presents it in a classic, straight-on style. The singer, whose touring work … Read More “Phillip Manuel: Love Happened to Me”

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Dr. Michael White: A Song for George Lewis

Dr. Michael White celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary New Orleans jazz clarinetist George Lewis on this CD. Fellow Crescent City clarinetist White rejoices in his mentor’s spirit by choosing material that represents different periods of Lewis’ prolific recording career. White includes Lewis’ signature piece, the elegant “Burgundy Street Blues,” which … Read More “Dr. Michael White: A Song for George Lewis”

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Caribbean Jazz Project: New Horizons

As the sole remaining member of the original Caribbean Jazz Project and one of the album’s principal composers, vibes and marimba player Dave Samuels is at the core of New Horizons. Teamed now with flutist Dave Valentin and guitarist Steve Khan plus bassist John Benitez, and percussionists Richie Flores and Robert Vilera, the CJP is … Read More “Caribbean Jazz Project: New Horizons”

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