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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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Cory Healey’s “Beautiful Sunshine”

It was a chilly night in late April 2014 when drummer Cory Healey brought a new band to Studio Z. This was following the most recent “polar vortex winter”...
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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...
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Ches Smith Trio: The Bell (ECM, 2016)

“Avant garde” jazz, or more generally “avant garde music” can be a scary label, one that can send mainstream ears scurrying for cover amid fears of harsh dissonance and...
National Scene

And the Grammy Goes to… Jazz Artists

  The 58th Grammy Awards are history, and for nominees from the world of jazz, in jazz and other categories, it was a pretty good year. Perhaps the biggest...