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Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Week 2

A jam-packed weekend opened the 40th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, with inspiring performances by luminaries and rising stars such as pianists Chucho Valdés and Brad Mehldau, and saxophonist Melissa Aldana (see JazzTimes review here). With six more days ahead, July 1—Canada Day—was a microcosm of what was to come, with music for every palate: … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Week 2”

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Keyon Harrold: The Mugician (Legacy/Mass Appeal)

The music of “Voicemail,” which opens The Mugician – from trumpeter Keyon Harrold – is beautiful. But as accompaniment to inspirational thoughts from Harrold’s mother, a jazz-quintet-plus-five-background-vocalists-and-a-string-quartet lays it on awfully thick. Using a voicemail is clichéd, too. Unfortunately, “Voicemail” sets the tone for Harrold’s album. It tries too hard and yields little we haven’t already … Read More “Keyon Harrold: The Mugician (Legacy/Mass Appeal)”

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