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    Jazz

    Artist: Yuko Ito
    Title: Mania De Você
    Label: Funny Baby Face
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This Japanese native sings the Brazilian repertoire—and very well. Good band, too.

    Artist: Carol Morgan Trio
    Title: Opening
    Label: Blue Bamboo Music
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: The saxophone-led chordless trio is no longer surprising—but here’s trumpet-led one. And she’s a woman. A fine, adventuresome player, sometimes joined by an alto/soprano saxophonist.

    Artist: El Movimiento
    Title: The Movement
    Label: Nueva Nota
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This is a multi-cultural group, based in Nashville, playing Latin jazz. Good sound, good groove.

    Artist: Widehive Players
    Title: Widehive Players
    Label: Widehive
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: Brassy funk, reminiscent of Blood, Sweat and Tears.

    Artist: Roberto Badoglio
    Title: Re-evaluation Time
    Label: Spice-Rack
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: Jazz, funk, electronica—a real mix. Marty Richards’ drumming, on three tracks, helps bring it over the jazz line.

    Artist: Frank Kimbrough
    Title: Rumors
    Label: Palmetto
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: Kimbrough is a well-grounded modern pianist with a penchant for taking listeners along on journeys into the unknown (or at least unexpected). He leads a trio here.

    Artist: Chris Tedesco
    Title: Living the Dream
    Label: Angel City
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This is the traditional big band sound, presented by trumpeter Tedesco who has assembled 18 of the West Coast’s best studio players. Vocalist Tony Gallo is featured on several tracks.

    Artist: Nelda Swiggett
    Title: This Time
    Label: OA2
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This pianist swings authoritatively, leading a trio in a set of her own compositions.

    Artist: Hal Galper
    Title: E Pluribus Unum
    Label: OA2
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: Pianist Galper has evolved from a strong post-bop pianist to a daring, contemporary artist, presenting an interactive trio in originals and standards.

    Artist: Debbie Poryes
    Title: Catch Your Breath
    Label: OA2
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: Pianist Poryes leads her quartet (with saxophone) in a nice straightahead set of standards and some originals.

    Artist: Salvatore Bonafede Trio
    Title: Sicilian Opening
    Label: Jazz Eyes
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This is a terrific trio album. Italian pianist Bonafede has established strong credentials in Italy and the U.S. and leads his trio with great taste and creativity.

    Artist: Michael Treni
    Title: Turnaround
    Label: self
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This contemporary 18-piece ensemble (plus strings on some tracks) includes some of today’s best players, exciting and sometimes beautiful arrangements, and lots of room for the soloists. This is the real stuff.

    Artist: John Basile
    Title: No Apologies
    Label: String Time Jazz
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: The instrumentation is classic organ/guitar/drums trio, the repertoire American Songbook and jazz standards, the interpretation about as tasty as it gets.

    Artist: Dan Dean
    Title: 251
    Label: Origin
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: This is an album of duo performances, the one constant being bassist Dean. He’s joined, over the course of the recording, by four different and renowned keyboardists.

    Artist: Mark Egan
    Title: Truth Be Told
    Label: Wavetone Records
    Terry MacDonald’s Comments: Tenor, organ, bass and drums—well, you know it’s going to be funky, and that it is. Put on your high-heeled sneakers for this one.

    Artist: Audio Cultures
    Title: Breaking the Sound Barrier
    Label: Sonic Pilot Records
    Gary Lowe’s Comments: Smooth, funky, soulful, overproduced. Slap-pop bass, cool percussion, very different.

    Artist: Gene Harris Quartet
    Title: Another Night in London
    Label: Resonance
    Gary Lowe’s Comments: Half dozen great standards done in a London bar. Very good recording; tasteful; sexy; lots of feeling.

    Artist: Claudio Roditi
    Title: Simpatico
    Label: Resonance
    Gary Lowe’s Comments: Mellow, orchestrated piano-fluglehorn swing.

    Artist: Eric Frazier Quintet
    Title: Live @ Cecil’s Jazz Club
    Label: self produced two separate volume set.
    Gary Lowe’s Comments: Great jazz band with a horrible singer. Absolutely can’t hold a tune and is on a par with Bill Murray’s lounge singing on SNL of the 1980′s. Play songs 1-5 only. Warning: latter songs may cause loudspeaker damage and need for psychological counseling.

    Artist: Dave Panico
    Title: Joy Rid’n
    Label: Soaringsaxman Records
    Gary Lowe’s Comments: B3/sax jazz that swings

    World

    Artist: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
    Title: Rise & Shine
    Label: Cumbanca

    Blues

    Artist: Coco Montoya
    Title: I Want It All Back
    Label: Ruf Records

    Rock

    Artist: Jeff Beck
    Title: Emotion & Commotion
    Label: Atco

    Artist: Jimi Hendrix
    Title: Valleys of Neptune
    Label: Experience Hendrix/Legacy

    Artist: The New Loud
    Title: Can’t Stop the Knowing
    Label: Self Released

    Artist: Joey Ryan & The Inks
    Title: Well, Here We Are Then
    Label: Self Released

    Artist: Cedar Avenue
    Title: Someday Soon
    Label: Self Released

    Artist: Jason Masi
    Title: Balance & Pull
    Label: Self Released

    Artist: Static of the Gods
    Title: Knowledge Machine
    Label: DelVerano

    Artist: The Sextons
    Title: The Sextons
    Label: Princess

    Artist: The Besnard Lakes
    Title: The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night
    Label: JagJaguwar

    Artist: The White Stripes
    Title: Under the Great White Northern Lights
    Label: Third Man/WB

    Folk

    Artist: Great American Taxi
    Album: Reckless Habits
    Release Date: 3/2/2010
    Style: Americana/Bluegrass/Rock
    Doug Baker’s Comments: Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon’s Americana band’s second
    studio release. If you like Graham Parsons, The Grateful Dead, or
    Leftover Salmon, you will love this album!

    Artist: Red Molly
    Title: James
    Label: Self Release

    Artist: Various
    Title: Waterbug Anthology 9
    Label: Waterbug

    Local/Regional

    Artist: Whiffletree
    Title: Harvest Fair
    Label: Self Release

    Hip Hop

    Artist: Royalty
    Title: Girl Girl (Single)
    Label: Global Identity

    Artist: Krave
    Title: Go Crazy
    Label: Upfront Megatainment

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