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Allan Harris & Takana Miyamoto : Convergence

No doubt fueled by Kurt Elling’s Grammy-winning reinterpretation of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, attempted replication of classic vocal albums is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. But Elling’s is an exceptional case because he fully, cleverly re-imagined the 1963 gem. Retreads are rarely so satisfying, at least not when held up against the originals. The … Read More “Allan Harris & Takana Miyamoto : Convergence”

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Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence

This is a continuation of Simply Put and Three for All, Jerry Bergonzi’s previous two Savant albums. Convergence contains the same personnel (bassist Dave Santoro and drummer Andrea Michelutti, with pianist Bruce Barth listed on two tracks) and the same industrial-strength tenor saxophone playing. Bergonzi also overdubs soprano sax on certain melody statements and solos … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence”

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Lynne Arriale: Convergence

Lynne Arriale is a powerful pianist with a strong melodic sense and a taste for well-built pop tunes. Sparked by remarkable bass and oud player Omer Avital, tensile, tasteful drummer Anthony Pinciotti and Bill McHenry, a tenor saxophonist who can be broad-shouldered in one tune and breathy in the next, Arriale turns in six largely … Read More “Lynne Arriale: Convergence”

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