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Albums

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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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Mick Goodrick/Dave Leibman/Woflgang Muthspiel: In the Same Breath

Breathe in, breathe out, breathe out. When Liebs’ sweetly purling soprano saxophone infiltrates the Mick ‘n Wolfie guitar duo, what seemed a perfectly natural process suddenly becomes an out-of-body experience. Goodrick and Muthspiel have honed a mesmerizing mutual plectral hypnosis that levitates and transmigrates with each tune, whirling round and round the globe. They began … Read More “Mick Goodrick/Dave Leibman/Woflgang Muthspiel: In the Same Breath”

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Al Grey: Me n Jack

Capt. Jack McDuff and his B-3 are very good for Al Grey. McDuff plays fully orchestral backgrounds and stimulating riffs the way capable reed or brass sections should. He is, and has long been, the most satisfying organist around, one not given to bombastic ego trips. He is, no pun intended, a fine organizer, too. … Read More “Al Grey: Me n Jack”

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Myron Walden: Hypnosis

Youth continues to be served by the jazz record marketplace as NYC introduces its entrant, a native New York alto saxophonist, 24 years of age, striving to be fresh. This quest is displayed most notably by the program of eight original Walden compositions. On his horn, Walden displays a nice cry in his tone that … Read More “Myron Walden: Hypnosis”

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Michael Wolff: 2 AM

When pianist Michael Wolff started making albums he got buzz for being the bandleader of Arsenio Hall’s show. That’s old news. Between his last disc, Jumpstart, and this new release, 2 AM, Wolff can let his music stand on its own merits for what it is: solid modern jazz that probes intervals and harmonics in … Read More “Michael Wolff: 2 AM”

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