” … and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian.

“Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country-folk singer Tift Merritt have collaborated on a joint album called Night — and it’s a triumph of creative risk” – writes Martin Chilton of The Guardian. Musical collaborations can sometimes be tired sparring sessions, but classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and folk-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt have worked on an album, […]

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A jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Hudson (CD)

‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob […]

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Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Vinyl LP Record

This is part of the Prestige Records 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Edition series. These five tracks, recorded in the 1950s and reissued in 2006, feature Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins–two of the era’s most progressive musicians–on the stand together. The interplay between Monk’s skeletal, idiosyncratic, yet strangely logical playing and Rollins’s full, rich tone and […]

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Jazz: Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the “ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America’s greatest songwriting teams. It’s the subject of Feinstein’s new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein […]

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JAZZ: Karrin Allyson fares better at the microphone than the piano

  Howard Reich:  The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too. In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed to the piano to accompany herself. A voice as distinctive and a stage presence […]

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MILES DAVIS: Tutu (Deluxe Edition) (180g Vinyl 2LP)

  In May and June 1985, Miles Davis signed recording and publishing contracts with Warner Bros Records and Warner Chappell, shocking the music world by leaving Columbia.  He immediately started working on an album called Perfect Way after a tune by Scritti Politti, later renamed Tutu by producer Tommy LiPuma.  When Tutu (a tribute to […]

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ATLANTIC: The Jazz Legends (20 CD) Box Set

  They tell us ….. 20 classic jazz albums from the iconic label at a great price! To a whole generation of listeners, the name Atlantic actually means Atlantic Jazz.  From the mid-1950s, the label founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson started a separate series to embrace what was then called “modern […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set

The greatest bassist leader jazz has ever known, Charles Mingus, with his spirited playing and spontaneity, always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 are rightly considered his best. This lavish collection of the jazz legend’s entire mid-’50s to early ’60s […]

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BILL EVANS: The Quiet Passion Of Bill Evans (3CD)

  We are told: The Quiet Passion of Bill Evans is a three-disc box set anthology of collaborations, guest sessions and classic trio recordings made during the meteoric first seven years of the career of this extraordinary, internationally renowned, pianist. . Throughout the set, and in an eclectic range of musical contexts, we hear the […]

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David Rees Williams Trio

  Tony Andrews writes: When you fuse two genres of music, the outcome can be heaven – but equally it can become hell and an awful mess. The French Pianist Jacques Loussier was one of the pioneers of fusion when he introduced his jazz interpretations of Bach back in the 1960’s. You have to be […]

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The “One Drop Rule” of Jazz – by Seth Colter Walls

  As far as shameful cultural secrets go, the fact that African-American composers aren’t featured on our classical music stages as frequently as they should be is one few people bother keeping anymore. “That black composers are poorly represented in mainstream concerts is a germane topic of discussion but one beyond the scope of a […]

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MICAH GAUGH: Ahead of New Album, this NYC Avant-Pop Artist Presents Jazz-Infused Single ‘Remembering’

We are told: NYC-based avant-pop artist Micah Gaugh has announced that he will be releasing a new album ‘Stars Are a Harem’ on May 12. Ahead of that, he presents the first single from this album. ‘Remembering’ is a minimalistic, tranquil and spacious ballad resting on an underlying bed of jazz. ‘Stars are a Harem’ is a modern […]

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