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Russ Lossing: Changes (SteepleChase)

Russ Lossing’s career is centered on writing and playing his own music, but he’s intermittently addressed our ever-growing jazz canon with the kind of insight that can only be honed by decades of improvising. Check the pianist’s takes on Sonny Rollins’ “Pent Up House,” Andrew Hill’s “Awake,” or Paul Motian’s “Dance” for a clear view of … Read More “Russ Lossing: Changes (SteepleChase)”

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Arianna Neikrug: Changes (Concord)

When vocalist Arianna Neikrug won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2015, her prize included a contract with Concord Records. Three years on, her debut album has at long last been released, heralding the arrival of a major new talent. The 25-year-old, a native Angeleno who recently relocated to New York, sounds remarkably … Read More “Arianna Neikrug: Changes (Concord)”

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Carmen Lundy: Changes

The voice is as glorious as ever, and the interpretive skills, particularly on an “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (the album’s sole cover) as delicate as cherub wings, remain impeccable. But this time around, Carmen Lundy the songwriter doesn’t always reach the same lofty plateaus as Lundy the singer. Among the eight originals that … Read More “Carmen Lundy: Changes”

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