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When first listening to bassist Neal Caine’s new CD Backstabber’s Ball, the word that immediately came to mind was "hip", and the more I listen to this CD, the mo…
Vic Juris is a very fine jazz guitarist, and his new CD, A Second Look, testifies to that fact. Juris started playing guitar at the age of 9 and has had a charmed…
There are few too recordings issued these days centered around the robust and sometimes surprisingly sensitive-sounding baritone saxophone. The potentially awkward horn,…
Hope, the new album from bassist Terje Gewelt, is a work of amazing beauty and power. All but one of the songs here was recorded live during a piano/bass duo tour…
Trumpet player Dan Jacobs’ Blue After Hours is a perfect example of the fact that you don’t need an orchestra or a string section to create incredibly warm, lush …
Feel The Rhythm, the new CD from Bay Area-based vocalist Daria, is a smooth- & Latin jazz outing that serves up some interesting song choices and arrangements. Da…
Banjo player extraordinaire Alison Brown’s latest album, Stolen Moments, is a fine recording, full of great songs and displaying some masterfully executed …
Want You, the new debut recording from vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare, is a surprisingly wonderful disc. The surprise comes from the fact that so many of the straig…
Peace Of Mind is the ambitious new recording from master saxophonist Hayes Greenfield. Greenfield, in addition to being a player of monstrous technical ability,…
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of jazz legends John & Alice Coltrane, is quickly becoming a major jazz force in his own right. Not only has he made guest appearances on ove…