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Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen: Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs (Di-Tone)

The quandary facing 21st-century jazz singers is where to find fresh material. Actress and singer Capathia Jenkins isn’t a jazz vocalist, but she’s provided an invaluable gift to singers looking for songs that are ripe for interpretation and reimagination. Working with longtime creative partner Louis Rosen, a Guggenheim-honored composer and arranger with an extensive list … Read More “Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen: Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs (Di-Tone)”

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Nicole Mitchell & Haki Madhubuti: Liberation Narratives (Black Earth)

To a great degree, Liberation Narratives is a Nicole Mitchell album in the way that Clifford Brown With Strings is a Neal Hefti album. It’s incidental music, created as settings for Chicago poet Haki Madhubuti’s readings of his own work. Yet there are differences, and they place this recording among Mitchell’s most moving and interesting. … Read More “Nicole Mitchell & Haki Madhubuti: Liberation Narratives (Black Earth)”

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Philippe Baden Powell: Notes Over Poetry (Far Out)

On Notes Over Poetry, Philippe Baden Powell shares two sides of himself: able bandleader and enthusiastic sideman. The agile pianist—he picked a different instrument than his father, guitarist Baden Powell—leads a substantial rhythm section through tracks that showcase either himself or a guest, with about equal time given to both situations. By doing so, Powell … Read More “Philippe Baden Powell: Notes Over Poetry (Far Out)”

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