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Louis Hayes: Serenade For Horace (Blue Note)

  Blue Note Records has given a home to arguably the greatest recording artists in jazz for many decades. Like all major record labels, particularly those devoted to so-called...
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The Bad Plus: “It’s Hard” (Okeh, 2016)

  If the arc of your career is perpetually, well, arced, is it possible to come full circle? Before you answer, consider this: Twin Cities-bred jazz trio, The Bad...
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Metheny: Unity Sessions, Cuong Vu Trio

This  review is a “twofer.” Technically three, if you count the two discs in The Unity Sessions. Guitarist Pat Metheny seems to be an artist who has more hat...
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Resonance Records: On a Mission

Everybody’s got a mission these days. From the apt: Religious groups, humanitarian organizations, nature conservancies, to the questionably apt: mega- corporations, carpet steam-cleaners, and scrap metal -gatherers.  Everyone who...
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Freddy Cole: He Was the King (High Note , 2016)

Singer and pianist Freddy Cole has come full circle. One of his early recordings contained a well-penned response to what must have been a deluge of comparisons to his...
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Cyrille Aimee: “Let’s Get Lost” (Mack Avenue, 2016)

Vocalist Cyrille Aimee certainly has quite a pedigree: She was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2010 and won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Prize in 2012. She has...