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Albums

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Ruby and Ellis Larkins Braff: Calling Berlin, Vol. 1

Forty years after their first album, Braff and Larkins continue to adore the melody in collaborations that set standards for duo playing. Braff’s inventiveness on cornet is enhanced by ever-deeper exploration of chords, more puckish turns of phrase and a tone that he has burnished to an amber radiance, particularly in the register below the … Read More “Ruby and Ellis Larkins Braff: Calling Berlin, Vol. 1”

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Jesse Davis: From Within

This quintet session pairs young lions (and New Orleans natives) Davis and Nicholas Payton with veterans Hank Jones (piano) and Ron Carter (bass) and slightly younger veteran Lewis Nash (drums). The performances recall the late ’50s and early ’60s: Davis’ alto saxophone, typically, is in a Cannonball Adderley bag, and Payton’s trumpet suggests Clifford Brown … Read More “Jesse Davis: From Within”

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Mark Copeland Quartet: Second Look

Featuring Copland, John Abercrombie, Drew Gress, and Billy Hart, this album, the group’s second Savoy release, finds its four participants perfectly matched in terms of improvisational outlook and sensitivity toward the overall sound. A former saxophonist turned pianist, Copland has a highly musical approach that favors lithe melodies, spare harmonies, and a keen ear for … Read More “Mark Copeland Quartet: Second Look”

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Larry Goldings: Big Stuff

In this, his second major label release, the impressive Larry Goldings explores further possibilities of the Hammond organ in an eclectic presentation including all but the standard organ groove. Nevertheless, the disc always comes back to its most satisfying and inventive moments in dynamic solos that are more firmly rooted. In a sense, this is … Read More “Larry Goldings: Big Stuff”

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Betty Carter and Ray Bryant: Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant

No slight intended to Ray Bryant, whose eight trio tracks and solid work as an accompanist represent superior examples of post-Powell piano, but the lady he’s co-billed with here leaves merely very fine jazz in the distance halfway through track one. Betty Carter has benn called the quintessential jazz singer, largely because she excels at … Read More “Betty Carter and Ray Bryant: Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant”

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Jazz Mandolin Project: The Jazz Mandolin Project

This album seems to want to prove that mandolin music isn’t just the bluegrass twangs of Bill Monroe. The treble-ranged instrument creates an experimental alternative-music genre, spiced by dollops of hip hop, free jazz and contemporary riffs, approaches that not even Roland Kirk and Sun Ra tried. The sound of this trio from Burlington, VT … Read More “Jazz Mandolin Project: The Jazz Mandolin Project”

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