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    Artist: Olivier Manchon
    Title: Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Vol. 1
    Label: ObliqSound
    Terry’s Comments: A classical string quartet with guest soloists added (sax, harmonica, piano). Beautifully lyrical music, wonderful.

    Artist: New York Art Quartet
    Title: Old Stuff
    Label: Cuneiform
    Terry’s Comments: This is early (1965) free jazz. From the promoter: “The New York Art Quartet was a band that left the scene too soon. Active for barely a year and a half, the group made just two records—both prized by generations of listeners ever since. Co-leaders John Tchicai (alto sax) and Roswell Rudd (trombone), considered to be the first free-jazz trombonist, had met a year or so earlier, working with Bill Dixon and others to expand the reaches of jazz.” …

    Artist: Ahmad Jamal
    Title: A Quiet Time
    Label: Dreyfus
    Terry’s Comments: He’s back! During a 60-year career, Jamal has influenced Miles Davis, scores of pianists, and many other jazz musicians. And just listen—he’s still exploring and growing!

    Artist: Marc Pompe
    Title: Hi-Fly
    Label: Self-produced
    Terry’s Comments: Pompe is a fine jazz vocalist in the Jon Hendricks tradition. And the band gives him great support on this set of jazz standards.

    Artist: VW Brothers
    Title: Muziek
    Label: Patois
    Terry’s Comments: Two talented players take full advantage of the electronics without sacrificing their taste or creativity. Jazz for the 21st century.

    Artist: John Blake, Jr.
    Title: Motherless Child
    Label: ARC
    Terry’s Comments: Modern vocal arrangements of African-American spirituals featuring the Howard University Choir, violinist Blake, pianist Mulgrew Miller and more. An exciting recording.

    Artist: Orrin Evans
    Title: Faith in Action
    Label: Positone
    Terry’s Comments: One hears yesterday, today and tomorrow in this music—most of it composed by Bobby Watson—played by a contemporary, hard-swinging piano trio

    Artist: Sherman Irby Quartet
    Title: Live at the Otto Club
    Label: BWR
    Terry’s Comments: Irby is a fine alto saxophonist with strong credentials. This live performance in Naples, Italy, connects him and drummer Darrell Green with two very good Italian players for a varied and always hard-swinging set.

    Artist: Claudio Roditi
    Title: Simpatico
    Label: Resonance
    Terry’s Comments: Roditi brings his beautiful tone and fluid phrasing on trumpets and flugelhorn to this set of very appealing originals—mostly but not all Latin jazz.

    Artist: Joey DeFrancesco
    Title: Snapshot
    Label: High Note
    Terry’s Comments: A live performance by the organist with his original trio, a modern version of the classic organ trio, yet soulful and funky as ever.

    Artist: Various Artists
    Title: Generation Django
    Label: Dreyful
    Terry’s Comments: Music in the manner of the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhart by players of today (e.g. Birelli Lagrene) and yesterday (e.g. Stephane Grapelli). A real treat!

    Artist: John Ellis & Double-Wide
    Title: Puppet Mischief
    Label: ObliqSound
    Terry’s Comments: Fun, updated New Orleans-style jazz. The instrumentation alone makes this one worth hearing. (Sousaphone???)

    Artist: Charles Apicella & Iron City
    Title: Sparks
    Label: CArlo Records
    Terry’s Comments: Organ/guitar trio with add-ons—still funky. A good listen.

    Artist: Jeffrey Leppart & the Hip Notists
    Title: They Still Live in the Music of My Thoughts
    Label: self
    Terry’s Comments: Good singing group and instrumentalists celebrating jazz and its giants. A nice experience.

    Artist: Queen Esther
    Title: What Is Love
    Label: EL Recordings
    Terry’s Comments: This singer is intense (not to mention her intonation problem). Mostly originals, some standards.

    Artist: Dave LeMieux and House of Soul
    Title: Jazz Shaped/Live at the Soiled Dove
    Label: Jazz, funk, soul, vocals, spiritual—it’s quite a mix. And LeMieux (tenor sax) can play!
    Terry’s Comments:

    Artist: Kristine Mills
    Title: Bossanovafied
    Label: self
    Terry’s Comments: Pretty good singer doing her own songs in the Brazilian style with good players.

    Artist: EEA
    Title: The Dark
    Label: Origin
    Terry’s Comments: The trio composition is piano/sax/trumpet, the music abstract and explorative.

    Artist: George Cotsirilos Trio
    Title: Past Present
    Label: OA2
    Terry’s Comments: Good, capable guitar trio with a mixed repertoire of standards and originals.

    Artist: Liam Sillery
    Title: Phenomenology
    Label: OA2
    Terry’s Comments: Trumpeter Sillery leads a classic quintet configuration in a contemporary, exploratory foray.

    Artist: Bob Sneider & Paul Hoffman
    Title: Serve and Volley
    Label: A piano (Hoffman)/guitar(Sneider) duo performance with engaging interplay and lyricism.
    Terry’s Comments:

    Artist: Scenes
    Title: Rinnova
    Label: Origin
    Terry’s Comments: A simple instrumentation (guitar trio) playing an original repertoire well.


    Artist: Razia

    Title: Zebu Nation

    Label: Cumbanca


    Artist: Various

    Title: Classic Appalachian Blues

    Label: Smithsonian Folkways

    Artist: John Scofield

    Title: Piety Street

    Label: Emarcy

    Comments: Jazz guitarist John Scofield joins Meters Bassist George Porter, Jr and other great New Orleans musicians in a lively Blues Gospel session that features both standards and original numbers


    Artist: Galatic

    Title: Ya-Ka-May

    Label: Anti

    Artist: Groove Armada

    Title: Black Light

    Label: Om Records

    Artist: Watershed

    Title: The World Needs You

    Label: EMI

    Artist: Matthew Good

    Title: Vancouver

    Label: Get Music

    Artist: Andy Elwell

    Title: No One You will ever Know

    Label: Self

    Artist: Mark Growden

    Title: Saint Judas

    Label: Porto Franco

    Artist: The Ruby Suns

    Title: Fight Softly

    Label: Sub Pop

    Artist: David Byrne

    Title Grown Backwards

    Label: Nonesuch

    Artist: Twin Tigers

    Title: Gray Waves

    Label: Old Flame

    Artist: Anjulie

    Title: Boom EP

    Label: Hear Music

    Artist: Dinosaur Feathers

    Title: Fantasy Memorial

    Label: Self Release

    Artist: Univers Zero

    Title: Clivages

    Label: Cuneiform

    Artist: Algernon

    Title: Ghost Surveillance

    Label: Cuneiform


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