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1BY FRANK ALKYER
Kenny Garrett,
Pushing The World Away
(Mack Avenue)
On Pushing The World Away, saxophonist-composer Kenny Garrett found the perfect way to pay tribute to his dear, departed friend Mulgrew Miller. (The pianist passed away on May 29.) Garrett leads ...
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BY BOBBY REED
The New Gary Burton Quartet, Guided Tour (Mack Avenue)
Vibraphonist Gary Burton is a cerebral artist, and his music fully reflects that aspect of his personality. Burton is a pioneer of jazz education and the former executive vice president of Berklee College of Music, so he ....
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Imer Santiago,
Hidden Journey
(Jazz Music City)
Nashville, the historical home of country & western music, has become increasingly known for its indie rock inhabitants, such as Jack White and The Black Keys. But don’t sleep on the city’s jazz scene, especially the circle of musicians led by …
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BY BOBBY REED
Roberto Fonseca, Yo (Concord)
Already a significant commercial and critical success in Europe (where it was released in 2012), Roberto Fonseca’s album Yo has just been released in the United States. The Cuban keyboardist is a terrific example of what makes 21st century improvised …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Gregory Porter,
Liquid Spirit
(Blue Note)
Gregory Porter has a rich baritone voice that rings pure and true. He’s a once-in-a-generation singer who delivers lyrics with honesty, truth and a rare mastery of phrasing. The only thing better than hearing Porter sing a standard is…
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Ted Nash Big Band, Chakra (Plastic Sax)
There are so many exciting big bands on the scene today—it’s an amazing thing, considering the logistics and cost of putting a large ensemble together, even for a local date, much less a recording or tour. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Mark Dresser Quintet, Nourishments (Clean Feed)
Prepare bassist Mark Dresser a meal, and don’t be surprised if he turns it into a song. One of his recent compositions, “Canales Rose,” is named for Dresser’s chef friend Paul Canales, and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s alto lines reflect …
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BY BOBBY REED
George Thorogood & The Destroyers, George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Rounder)
Several years before the 1982 music video for “Bad To The Bone” made George Thorogood an unlikely star of MTV, he was known among roots-music fans …
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BY AARON COHEN
Sidi Touré, Alafia (Thrill Jockey)
In Mali, a country loaded with musical legends, guitarist-singer Sidi Touré has quietly built a reputation as an international star. He has toured the United States comparatively frequently during the past few years (and his label is based in Chicago), but his numerous performances on …
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BY AARON COHEN
Kevin Le Gendre,
Soul Unsung: Reflections
on the Band in Black
Popular Music
(Equinox)
R&B, soul and hip-hop thrive on casting lead singers as icons. There’s no doubt that the voices of Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye deserve their …
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czwartek, 05 września 2013, jazz-gazeta

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