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Albums

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Manfredo Fest: Fascinating Rhythm

Fellow Brazilian Claudio Roditi guests on Manfredo Fest’s third release on the Picante label. Roditi plays trumpet on five of twelve tracks. On “Berimbau” he’s also heard on fluegelhorn. The tunes include jazz standards, such as the title cut, “Summertime,” and “Tenderly,” and Brazilian sambas and bossa novas. Jobim is represented by “Samba do Aviao” … Read More “Manfredo Fest: Fascinating Rhythm”

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Phil Woods: More Live

Recorded in 1979, this stellar date features the transcendent alto of Phil Woods in company with pianist Mike Melillo, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. It’s interactive, acoustic jazz at its best. On “Milestones,” Woods and company swing out with a boppish abandon that sails and soars. Steve Swallow’s “Eiderdown” opens with Gilmore’s subterranean … Read More “Phil Woods: More Live”

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Hank Marr: Groovin’ It

Hank Marr, professor of jazz studies at Ohio State University, puts the lie to the adage that those who can, play, and that those who can’t, teach. Marr, born in Columbus (home of the Buckeyes) in 1927, cut his jazz teeth in garage sessions with little Ronnie Kirk (who would later storm the scene as … Read More “Hank Marr: Groovin’ It”

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Ralph Peterson Fo’tet: The Reclamation Project

hmmm…who/what’s being reclaimed here? Is it Peterson’s recording career, his assertion of self-control over that career, claiming his place in the pantheon of 30-something jazz musicians, the Fo’Tet…or what? Whatever the case may be, and we suspect it’s a combination of those elements, Ralph Peterson was born to be a bandleader and his keen sense … Read More “Ralph Peterson Fo’tet: The Reclamation Project”

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Doky Brothers: Doky Brothers

Pianist Niels Lan Doky and bassist Chris Minh Doky are Danish brothers wonderfully joined at the musical hip, and hip they are. Lacing a European respect for melody with American-style jazz, the Dokys’ fraternal synergism is incredible. It’s most evident on their unison intro riffs, but also well-presented as interior segments. The album features another … Read More “Doky Brothers: Doky Brothers”

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Various Artists: Masters of Jazz: Jazz Hit Singles, Vol. 7

In the second wave of releases from Rhino’s Masters of Jazz series, the spotlight turns to vocalists, female and male, and to those rare jazz tracks that have achieved popularity beyond the bounds of the jazz world. With generous samplings culled from a number of labels (including Blue Note, Atlantic, Verve, Vee Jay, Fantasy, Prestige, … Read More “Various Artists: Masters of Jazz: Jazz Hit Singles, Vol. 7”

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Dan Barrett and John Sheridan: Two Sleepy People

Considering the musical resources available to a duo of any composition, the union of trombonist/cornetist Barrett and pianist Sheridan has produced a set of performances that maintain variety and interest from beginning to end. Both men are veteran exponents of the several courses that jazz has taken since the early 1920s, and, although they are … Read More “Dan Barrett and John Sheridan: Two Sleepy People”

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B Sharp Jazz Quartet: Searching for The One

Music with a message is the focus of B Sharp Jazz Quartet, literally. The album opens and closes with urban-inspired free verse recited to a deep jazz groove by drummer Herb Graham, Jr., who also has written most of the 11 original charts, two with keyboardist Rodney Lee. The musical concept is versatile, free-flowing and … Read More “B Sharp Jazz Quartet: Searching for The One”

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Byard Lancaster: My Pure Joy

Among newer little-labels-that-could, DC’s Jimmy Gray is crafting the beginnings of a nice recorded legacy with his Black Fire label. Joining such treats as a live Hamiet Bluiett date is this latest edition from Philly multi-reedman Byard Lancaster. Given a distinctive African air, My Pure Joy is delivered in highly spirited fashion by a cast … Read More “Byard Lancaster: My Pure Joy”

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