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Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

No doubt some folks will be drawn to this engaging tribute for purely sentimental reasons, but Jazz Soul Seven doesn’t go out of its way to cater to that crowd. In fact, as heartfelt as this 12-tune salute is, what ultimately distinguishes the album is a series of arrangements that play to the ensemble’s strengths. … Read More “Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions of Curtis Mayfield”

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Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest: Live

In a career that now touches five decades, genre-blurring vocalist Al Jarreau has delivered surprisingly few live albums. Discounting 1994’s Tenderness (promoted as live but recorded in a studio before a small audience), this is only his third live outing and first since 1985’s dazzling Live in London . Captured over two nights in Den … Read More “Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest: Live”

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