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Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote)

What’s in a name? The Black Art Jazz Collective welcomes the question. The bristling hard-bop swagger of this all-black sextet of bandleaders and first-call sidemen sends a message as palpable as the Langston Hughes quote (about the “duty of the younger negro artist”) that’s set beside Cheryl Pelt’s breakdown of jazz as a historical tool … Read More “Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote)”

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Carolyn Leonhart/Wayne Escoffery: Tides of Yesterday

That Carolyn Leonhart can hold her own as a superlative vocalist is undeniable. Indeed, she demonstrated so a couple of years back on Chances Are, her sweet, gentle tribute to underappreciated composer Robert Allen, and on her hard-to-find, Japan-only release, Autumn in New York, from 2003. But Leonhart’s vocal prowess is, as has been the … Read More “Carolyn Leonhart/Wayne Escoffery: Tides of Yesterday

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