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Brian Bromberg: Thicker Than Water (Artistry)

Bassist Brian Bromberg’s 30-plus-year solo career crested with a 2002 release, Jaco, on which he deftly paid tribute to bass great Jaco Pastorius’ otherworldly combination of compositional skills and musical athleticism. Bromberg’s new CD, Thicker Than Water, like much of his catalog, primarily displays the latter. Recorded with 11 different basses, the 13-song release—featuring all … Read More “Brian Bromberg: Thicker Than Water (Artistry)”

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George Duke: Dreamweaver

George Duke makes joy out of sadness on DreamWeaver, the veteran keyboardist’s first album following the death of his wife, Corine, last year. Initially, the grief-stricken Duke found it difficult to create music, but inspiration eventually returned, and when it did, it clearly was flowing. Clocking in at nearly 75 minutes, DreamWeaver is an expansive, … Read More “George Duke: Dreamweaver”

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George Duke: The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection

What perfect timing for two grand box sets of classic jazz-funk and fusion. Whether they realize it or not, current groove-savvy artists like Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, Flying Lotus and Thundercat are indebted to the ’70s work of keyboardist George Duke and bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke. These boxes are ground zero for the meld of … Read More “George Duke: The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection”

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