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Live Review: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

In its 21st year, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has grown from an informal gathering at founder Lorenzo Sancassani’s beachfront pizza joint into a sprawling, weeklong affair that travels from one end of the island to the other. The majority of the concerts take place in towns along the resort-speckled north coast, all free of … Read More “Live Review: Dominican Republic Jazz Festival”

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Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue)

Given his exemplary technique and imposing stylistic reach, traits previously displayed on an impressive series of studio sessions, it’s not surprising that trumpeter Sean Jones consistently puts the wind in his band’s sails on this St. Louis concert recording—especially during a spiritual finale inspired in part by “Amazing Grace.” And yet, thanks to a cohesive … Read More “Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue)”

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Sean Jones: No Need for Words

Love is a dynamic and multifaceted force, as trumpeter Sean Jones sees it, so this concept album isn’t exactly one big bouquet of rosy ballads. Near the end of the disc, for example, you’ll encounter “Love’s Fury,” a performance that Jones intended to make “as nasty and evil as I possibly could.” Mission accomplished, thanks … Read More “Sean Jones: No Need for Words”

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