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Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (MAMA)

Don’t be misled by the billing. Although Randy Brecker’s trumpet is featured throughout this album with Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, the creative force behind the project is clearly composer Mats Holmquist, whose inventive, coloristic arrangements are what ultimately keep Together together. Take “All My Things,” which somehow finds a common thread between Jerome Kern’s “All the … Read More “Randy Brecker & Mats Holmquist: Together (MAMA)”

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Betty Bryant & Mark Christian Miller: Together

The first studio union of longtime pals Betty Bryant and Mark Christian Miller is the sort of charmingly unassuming album that is often overshadowed by splashier efforts. Bryant, now 82, has been a staple of the L.A. supper-club circuit for decades. All those nights of entertaining cutlery-rattling crowds have brought her to a place as … Read More “Betty Bryant & Mark Christian Miller: Together”

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Lew Green & Joe Muranyi: Together

“If you can feel your pancreas dancing, the music is swinging.” The quote comes from Bob Leary, banjoist/guitarist on this session. The visceral aspect is hard to prove, but his musical assessment is quite accurate. Cornetist Lew Green and clarinetist Joe Muranyi, who have individually accumulated many decades of touring and recording world-wide, even working … Read More “Lew Green & Joe Muranyi: Together”

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