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Stanley Jordan: Friends

2008's State of Nature was no fluke – Stanley Jordan is back in business, full swing.

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The Best Jazz of 2007

In spite of the perception of jazz as an increasingly niche market, the year's best show a style of music that remains ever youthful in its exploration of new territories, expanding its diversity and range of expression.

Will Layman
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Charlie Hunter: Mistico

Another scruffy-cool groove workout from the prolific guitarist. How many have there been now?

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Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte as Groundtruther Plus John Medeski: Altitude

The finest of the three recordings from the duo/trio, Altitude is a sonic exploration in both electric and acoustic improvised music that brings it all home.

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Best Jazz of 2006

Will Layman's list of the year's best jazz records, a hearty baker's dozen, includes iconoclasts, eccentrics, avant-gardists, and some downright swingers.

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Bobby Previte: Coalition of the Willing

A "nonjazz" record of assertive instrumental rock from a great downtown drummer -- both political and funky in its intentions, it arrives with purpose.

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Christian McBride: Live at Tonic

A triple-dose of jazz bass monsterhood -- one slice of contemporary fusion followed by two slices of jam-o-rific guest-laden funk. Get your jazz groove on.

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Charlie Hunter: Songs from the Analog Playground

'Songs from the Analog Playground' may horrify some in the jazz world and will undoubtedly be deemed too far out for Urban radio. What greater recommendation than that do you need?"

Maurice Bottomley
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