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Lizz Wright: Grace (Concord)

Though still a few years shy of 40, Lizz Wright has reached a musical maturity—stylistically, interpretively, emotionally—that places her at the forefront of American jazz vocalists. On Grace, her sixth studio album, Wright raises her richly burnished voice heavenward for an inspired exploration of spiritualism. Joined by five top-tier bandmates—keyboardist Kenny Banks, bassist David Piltch, … Read More “Lizz Wright: Grace (Concord)”

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Mark Whitfield: Grace (Marksman)

To find three Berklee alumni recording together isn’t unusual, but not when the gathering constitutes a cross-generational family affair. Such is the case here, as veteran guitarist Mark Whitfield brilliantly collaborates with his sons Davis, on piano and keyboards, and Mark Jr., on drums. Augmenting the Whitfield Family Band is bassist Yasushi Nakamura and, on … Read More “Mark Whitfield: Grace (Marksman)”

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JD Allen: Grace

Tenor saxophonist JD Allen sounds different on Grace-less muscular, more introspective. But while he’s not as aggressive as he has been over his last several albums, he’s playing with just as much confidence. After four records in a sax-bass-drums trio, he’s added a pianist-Eldar Djangirov, no less-to the group. And he’s playing a bit longer. … Read More “JD Allen: Grace”

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MIchael Dease: Grace

The buttery, assured trombonist Michael Dease is at home with everything from classic jazz to frantic bop to Brazilian samba. His fourth album as a leader finds him in fine company, with a rhythm section of pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Gene Jackson, and an excellent modernist foil in promising young saxophonist/flutist … Read More “MIchael Dease: Grace”

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