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Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM)

The musical bond between trumpeter Ralph Alessi and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is arguably developing into a rapport on par with the highest echelon of trumpet/tenor combinations. Not merely a strong frontline, they’re a unit that creates something greater than the sum of its parts. That power can be heard in “Iram Issela.” After Coltrane’s solo … Read More “Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends (ECM)”

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No Fast Food: Settings for Three (CornerStore Jazz)

If veteran drummer, arranger, and composer Phil Haynes is busy tallying lucky stars these days, it’s easy to hear why, thanks to a pair of simultaneously released recordings that reveal the breadth of his talents and good fortune. In some ways, the albums couldn’t be more different. 60/69 My Favorite Things is an imaginative, larkish, … Read More “No Fast Food: Settings for Three (CornerStore Jazz)”

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