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Bria Skonberg: With a Twist (OKeh/Sony Masterworks)

For a few minutes during the early 1990s, a revival of the so-called lounge music of the 1950s and ’60s was all the rage. Given hipper, updated names like space-age bachelor-pad music and exotica, it was an exaggerated reboot of what might originally have just passed as easy listening—light, melodic, mostly instrumental tunes incorporating ethnic … Read More “Bria Skonberg: With a Twist (OKeh/Sony Masterworks)”

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Bria Skonberg: Bria

One can’t evaluate an album according to what it isn’t. Still, it’s hard to evade the fact that Bria, trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg’s fourth offering, lacks the playful energy of its predecessors, like 2014’s Into Your Own. (No wah-wah trumpet, no singing Jelly Roll Morton into her horn, no Stevie Wonder or Led Zeppelin … Read More “Bria Skonberg: Bria”

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