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Roman St. James

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I guess that I would call "The Walkup", the debut release by guitarist Jeff Ray, a smooth jazz album. But I don’t think of it as a smooth jazz album. Which is good, because…
Bedroom Communities 02. Relounge’ is a compilation presented by Kriztal Entertainment and compiled and mixed by Torsten Martens aka Monophonic. The literature describes th…
Changing Directions, Robb Hunter Jr.’s debut release is a valiant but heavily flawed effort. Hunter, a pianist and drummer, wrote and produced the entire album himself. He …
First, I have a confession to make: I am definitely not a fan of "smooth jazz". I’ve always leaned more towards John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk than Kenny G and John Tesh…
I’m not exactly sure what goal Steve Hill had in mind when he released this album, "Vignette". It is surprisingly short - both in content and substance. It consists of thre…
Rule Of Three is a fine new release from the sax, bass and drum trio of Geof Bradfield, Noel Kupersmith and Ted Sirota (respectively). The piano-less/guitar-less sax trio i…
Point Of Grace is the sophomore release from the Washington D.C.-based Pete BarenBregge - Frank Russo Group. Well conceived and (for the most part) well executed, this mode…
Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia is the newest addition to the long list of available Thelonious Monk recordings and what a marvelously exquisite addition it is! Recorded…
‘Ancestral Spirits’, the latest release from tenor & soprano saxophonist Bob Miles is ultimately a fine CD, but it’s one of those CDs that may have to grow on you over seve…
Cycling, the debut release by the Upper Left Trio is an absolutely stunning CD. The piano trio is the most basic of the jazz group configurations, but its simplicity inhere…