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Berklee College of Music: 2017 Sessions: The Best of the Jazz Revelation Records Years (Jazz Revelation)

A review of the compilation album from the student-run label

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Berklee College of Music, 2017 Sessions: The Best of the Jazz Revelation Records Years
The cover of 2017 Sessions: The Best of the Jazz Revelation Records Years by Berklee College of Music

Boston’s Berklee College of Music has a storied history of producing annual recordings of its student jazz players dating to the 1950s. Fifteen years ago, production shifted from a college-run endeavor to a student-run label called Jazz Revelation Records. This compilation includes one track from each release from 2004 to 2014.

Gerry Mulligan’s “It’s Not the Moon” from Rebirth (2004) features singer Sara Leib on vocals plus two wordless solos in which she emulates a trumpet and later a trombone. She’s backed by pianist Mark Shilansky, bassist Edward Perez, and drummer Michael Herklots. Drummer Dave Lewis’ original “SH-7” from Two (2005) has more of a pulsing Pat Metheny-ish feel spotlighting guitarist Bryan Baker and keyboardist Tom Thorndike. Tenor saxophonist Mike Tucker’s tight quintet explores his boppish “Fanfare” from Ars Nova (2006), with pianist Leo Genovese, trumpeter Eric Bloom, bassist Hogyu Hwang, and drummer Lee Fish.

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