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Sherman Irby & Momentum: Cerulean Canvas (Black Warrior)

Alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, a fluent improviser and ardent carrier of the jazz-tradition torch, toasts his bandmates, favorite saxophonists and other influences with the first recording to feature his regular working group, Momentum. The quintet, with trombonist and fellow JLCO member Vincent Gardner, pianist Eric Reed, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Willie Jones III, makes … Read More “Sherman Irby & Momentum: Cerulean Canvas (Black Warrior)”

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Jamie Cullum: Momentum

Though jazz fans will surely lament its unapologetic pop leanings, Jamie Cullum’s latest, his sixth, is as good a collection of dance-floor-friendly fare as you’re likely to hear this year. The former Brit wunderkind is now the father of two and has inched into his 30s, but he’s lost none of his keen ability to … Read More “Jamie Cullum: Momentum”

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Bill Evans: Momentum

This two-CD set is a considerable emotional distance from the definitive and introspective Bill Evans Trio heard on the revered Sunday at the Village Vanguard from 1961. Recorded 11 years later at a concert in Groningen, the Netherlands, Momentum proceeds with, well, aggressive momentum, especially in the playing of bassist Eddie Gomez. This version of … Read More “Bill Evans: Momentum”

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