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Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

The claims that producers make for their own projects cannot always be taken straight to the bank, but Zev Feldman’s remark about Manhattan Stories is provocative: “This just might be the holy grail for longtime Charles Lloyd fans like myself who think they’ve heard it all.” The saxophonist’s career has been well documented. His voluminous … Read More “Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories”

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Essence of Ellington: Live : William Parker Orchestra

You know that an orchestra organized by William Parker to pay tribute to Duke Ellington is going to result in something sprawling and stupendous, and Essence of Ellington doesn’t disappoint. At 60, Parker is taking evident satisfaction in being a free-jazz renegade and a traditionalist at the same time. The release of this two-hour live … Read More “Essence of Ellington: Live : William Parker Orchestra”

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Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin : Live

Live, this deeply continental and assured sextet is a jam band with the precision of a Swiss watch. Like a sophisticated mechanical timepiece, it’s all in the complications. Where in a watch a complication is a function, like a power reserve indicator or a second hand with its own dial, in keyboardist Nik Bärtsch’s supple … Read More “Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin : Live”

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Randy Crawford and Joe Sample: Live

Though the careers of jazz-soul vocalist Randy Crawford and pianist Joe Sample have been intersecting for over three decades, dating back to Crawford’s 1979 teaming with the Crusaders on “Street Life,” a brief but perfect storm occurred a while back, when Crawford, Sample, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Christian McBride and producer Tommy LiPuma came together … Read More “Randy Crawford and Joe Sample: Live”

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