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Concert Review: 2017 Playboy Jazz Festival

Los Angeles’ Playboy Jazz Festival is often a mélange of R&B, pop, funk and smooth jazz, which leaves mainstream jazz and blues marginalized. However, for the event’s 39th edition there was a noticeable shift, resulting in one of the strongest lineups in recent years, with strong crowd reactions affirming the fest’s choices. June 10 Highlights … Read More “Concert Review: 2017 Playboy Jazz Festival”

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Ninety Miles Live at Cubadisco: Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott

Ninety Miles, the Afro-Cuban recording by vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez and trumpeter Christian Scott, was among 2011’s best releases; Cubadisco, its new live follow-up, includes six of the nine compositions performed on the studio album. Head-to-head comparison is inevitable, and Cubadisco wins. It’s among 2012’s best. The performance alternates two rhythm sections that … Read More “Ninety Miles Live at Cubadisco: Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott”

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Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott: Ninety Miles

Bring three of jazz’s brightest stars to Havana and pair them with two of Cuba’s best young pianists and their quartets. It took a year to make it happen, but that was the drill for Ninety Miles, the multimedia brainchild of Concord Music Group’s John Burk. The result: a sizzling nine-track CD of clave-accented modern … Read More “Stefon Harris/David Sánchez/Christian Scott: Ninety Miles”

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