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Heliocentrics: Astral Projection

The first few minutes of Out There (Now-Again), the debut LP from the Heliocentrics, prepare listeners for a trip akin to interstellar space travel: The bass rumbles the floor beneath your feet, a flight attendant’s soft voice comes over the intercom, and before you know it-liftoff. Only on this trip, the sampler-driven genres of nu-jazz … Read More “Heliocentrics: Astral Projection”

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Will Bernard: Party Hats

The field of jazz guitarists is brimming these days, and it can be hard to get recognition unless you’re carrying some major ’70s clout. This is why many of us aren’t well acquainted with Will Bernard, an expansive player from the San Francisco Bay Area who’s been churning out various funk, jazz and hip-hop projects … Read More “Will Bernard: Party Hats”

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Club D’Elf: Now I Understand

Club d’Elf has been a mainstay on the Boston jazz circuit since 1998, which is why it’s surprising it’s taken the band until 2006 to make it to the studio. Anchored by bassist Mike Rivard, Club d’Elf’s debut studio recording boasts an ensemble of players, including core members Erik Kerr, DJ Mister Rourke and Brahim … Read More “Club D’Elf: Now I Understand”

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The Motet: Instrumental Dissent

The Motet is notorious for shuffling through band members and collaborators. The group’s founder and primary songwriter, Dave Watts, has even drummed for the Everyone Orchestra. But despite his penchant for variety, Watts recently closed the Motet’s revolving door and has maintained the group’s lineup for more than a year. The result is Instrumental Dissent, … Read More “The Motet: Instrumental Dissent”

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