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Royal Toast by The Claudia Quintet

Royal Toast, the most recent release by the innovative small jazz group The Claudia Quintet, doesn’t need me to rave about them; they’ve been getting a lot of well-deserved praise for the album already. But it belongs in this conversation … Continue reading

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Backatown by Trombone Shorty

Backatown, the latest release from New Orleans brass prodigy Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews,) takes the explosive musical milieu of New Orleans to a new level, bringing New Orleans jazz, funk and whatever else goes on down there into a … Continue reading

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A Vacant Lot by The Inhabitants

On the surface, A Vacant Lot by The Inhabitants looks like a bizarre, eff-you DIY punk project–that was my reaction, at least, when opening the album to put the CD into my car stereo. The black-and-white album cover features a … Continue reading

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Bloom by Ben Monder and Bill McHenry

A good jazz duo record is hard to pull off, but Ben Monder and Bill McHenry are certainly up to the task with their recent release, Bloom. Their musical dialogue conjures the edgy spontaneity of great improvisation, whether sprawling through … Continue reading

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It’s About That Time by Hot Club of Detroit

My review of Hot Club of Detroit’s “It’s About That Time” Continue reading

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Reclamation by Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio

Bassist Stephan Crump is probably best known as the third wheel of Vijay Iyer‘s trio. But his recent release, Reclamation, shows that he can shine as a leading man–this time with a trio of a different sort. Featured alongside two … Continue reading

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6 New Jazz CDs Better Than “Highway Rider”

This week I will be putting the spotlight on 6 recent releases that deserve more pub than “Highway Rider” got back in March. Continue reading

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