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Larry Coryell and Kenny Drew, Jr.: Duality

This intimate duet session was brought together by the good providence of pianist Kenny Drew Jr. moving from New York to Central Florida, where guitarist Coryell already resides. A Tampa promoter got them together for a gig and sparks flew, revealing the promise of greater things to come from these two virtuosos. And Scott Elias … Read More “Larry Coryell and Kenny Drew, Jr.: Duality”

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Harry Connick, Jr.: In Concert on Broadway

Harry Connick Jr.’s mid-career concert mastery is largely defined by two factors, both strongly evident throughout this 76-minute session from last summer, recorded on the final night of an extended Broadway run at the Neil Simon Theatre. First is Connick’s ability to convey a sense of artless camaraderie. Plenty of performers, you might argue, share … Read More “Harry Connick, Jr.: In Concert on Broadway”

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Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soul of the Movement, despite the monumental figure it pays homage to, is the least ambitious of bassist-composer Marcus Shelby’s three explorations of African-American history. Where Port Chicago was a tragedy of literary proportion, and Harriet Tubman a grand oratorio, this one is a diorama. Given that diminished scope, it’s a good little record that … Read More “Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

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