• jazz adds may 26, 2016

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    gregory porter.  take me to the alley.  blue note.  Listen to this!  all originals, from vocal luminary gregory porter as he drives the Broadway bus into the r & b archives–all with a light, smart touch.  he can write music and lyrics.  band includes singers alicia olatuja & lalah hathaway;  keyon harrold, trumpet;  chip crawford, […]

  • jazz adds may 12, 2016

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    sonny rollins.  holding the stage:  road shows, vol. 4.   okeh.  Tenor titan sonny rollins continues his showcase of acclaimed live performances;  ..”the interaction of human being to human being creates a tension..i get more involved.”  yes, he does.  the compilation standouts:  disco monk, 1979 Pori Jazz festival, Finland, with exceptional piano work from mark soskin, […]

  • jazz adds april 25, 2016

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    david murray+geri allen+terri lyne carrington.  perfection.  motema.  tribute to innovator ornette coleman from david murray, tenor +bass clarinet;  geri allen, queen of the piano;  and terri lyne carrington@drums.  quality material all around, especially folk song barbara allen which the late charlie haden (inspired by years with ornette)  brought to geri allen’s earlier trio ;  centerpiece, […]

  • jazz adds march 10, 2016

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    snarky puppy.  family dinner, volume two.  universal classics.  Confession:  i watched the dvd,–which is both a film and bonus tracks– as well as listened, and was struck by the caliber of musicianship and comraderie: unique & successful pairings include Appalachian singer becca stevens and Swedish outlier trio vasen; cville favorite guitarist charlie hunter and Peruvian […]

  • jazz adds february 28, 2016

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    nolatet.  dogs.  royal potato family.  Elegant and graceful, but forward, the way we like our New Orleans music;  this collaboration of  Crescent City equals includes three percussions– brian haas on piano; johnny vidacovich (astral project)@drums; mike dillon, vibraphone plus  astral bandmate james singleton, bowing and thrumping the upright bass.  new wine from bold, vigorous grapes;  […]

  • jazz adds february 4, 2016

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    stacey kent.  tenderly.  okeh.  Splendid.  A meeting, after years of mutual admiration, between sublime American song book chanteuse stacey kent and iconic bossa nova guitarist/composer roberto menescal.  the arrangements, by menescal, fulfilled a life’s desire to record American standards, and with his most admired singer.  kent, as always, gives less to give more:   some […]

  • jazz adds january 27, 2016

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    milos.  blackbird: the beatles album.  mercury classics.  Third release for guitarist milos karadaglic, classically trained in London– though born in Montenegro;  the success  of his public recitals, and DGG recordings puts him in the same break-out league as classical guitarist john williams.  blackbird, with guitar arrangements by Brazilian sergio assad and orchestration from Tony- award […]

  • jazz adds january 11, 2016

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    paulien.  chez moi.  brik.  Everyone involved should take a bow for this delightful confection.    paulien, with her slightly recessive, delicate-yet crisp technique;  a softer more languid edith piaf.  and the musicians– elegant, unforced, making every phrase count:  matty metcalfe, accordion;  rick olivarez, guitar;  tony nalker, piano + bob bowen, bass, tony martucci@drums.  and let’s […]

  • jazz adds april 15, 2015

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    jose’ james.  yesterday i had the blues.  blue note.  Impeccable revisiting of billie holiday’s legacy by  Panamanian modern jazz/hip hop vocalist jose’ james.   this recording could not be further from his previous while you were sleeping— which makes me believe james can dig deep.  outstanding band includes jason moran, keyboards;  john patitucci, bass;  eric harland@drums.   […]