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Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)

Steve Turre is often commended for his ability to blow breakneck runs on the trombone with the intricacy and agility of a trumpeter or alto saxophonist. Often overlooked is the subtlety and warmth he musters up when he’s not in a hurry, and it’s that side that’s the focus of most of this ballads-dominated set, … Read More “Steve Turre: The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions)”

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Russell Malone: Time for the Dancers (HighNote)

Surrounded by five budding ballerinas, guitarist Russell Malone is pictured on the cover of his latest recording at a performing arts academy in New Jersey. If, for some strange reason, the photo doesn’t produce a smile, chances are the album will, with its artful blend of blues, swing, soul and funk. For a few prime … Read More “Russell Malone: Time for the Dancers (HighNote)”

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Russell Malone: Love Looks Good on You

In his 11th album as a leader and his first for HighNote, Russell Malone demonstrates the clear, thoughtful tone, tasty phrase-making and rhythmic mastery that have made him one of today’s finest exponents of the mainstream jazz guitar tradition of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and George Benson, his early idol. Malone’s years as a sideman-supporting … Read More “Russell Malone: Love Looks Good on You”

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