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Mark Feldman's Level 5 Takes the Funk Higher With "Jabber Jaw" (premiere + interview)

Mark Feldman's Level 5 release their funky debut EP, Sybil, on 22 February and share the new track "Jabber Jaw", evidence of the members' deep musical roots in funk and fusion.

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Jaco Pastorius: Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years

Jazz's troubled bassist gets another posthumous collection. No new insights gained here, just a reminder of his ambitions.

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'Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian' Deliver Impressive Prog and Fusion

Four titans of progressive rock demonstrate their individual and collective genius. The virtuosity is dizzying but no one gets hurt.

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Sofrito: International Soundclash

More fantastic music, old and new, from across the globe brought to us by London based Sofrito Djs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis.

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A Moving Sound: A Moving Sound

High and sweet are the keynotes on A Moving Sound, quick and quicksilver.

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Nguyên Lê: Songs of Freedom

Here's a trick: a five-minute "In A Gadda da Vida" that's more self-indulgent than the original!

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Miwa Gemini: Fantastic Lies of Grizzly Rose

Grizzly Rose's lies may be fantastic, but Gemini's songwriting is terrific as well.

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Catalyst: The Complete Recordings, Volumes 1 & 2

1970s Philly jazz act Catalyst now has the means to break out of its formidable critical and cult following into worldwide acclaim.

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V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley: Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights proposes a form of music that wishes to escape categorization based on "Eastern" and "Western" styles and traditions. The sliding notes of the guitar represent, for these musicians, an opportunity to evade the musical border police.

Richard Elliott
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Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro: Tradition in Transition

For the bulk of this album, Quantic and his combo don't put a foot wrong. The result is a modern fusion sound based on Colombian rhythms infused with Brazilian string arrangements, Panamanian soul, and some wonderful salsa piano.

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Les Triaboliques: Rivermudtwilight

Exhilarating and earthy.

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TriBeCaStan: Strange Cousin

TriBeCastan makes a "cross-cultural crossroads" sound natural, flexible, and easy.

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Doug Cox & Salil Bhatt: Slide to Freedom 2: Make a Better World

The ethereal diffusions of the sitar get a fine grounding from the North American blues-groove.

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Sa Dingding: Alive

Alive is exploratory yet ultimately gentle. It's more daring than most of China's mainstream croon-pop, but similarly unwilling to strike out at its audience.

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Martin Atkins China Dub Soundsystem: Made in China

In effect, Pigface has changed continents and absorbed a few dozen new members.

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Jean Luc Ponty: The Acatama Experience

It is uplifting to hear modern jazz that is at once both easily accessible and startling creative.

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Santo & Blue Demon vs. Dracula & the Wolfman (1972)

Combining his worldly wrestling celebrity with a mythological aura, Santo ascended to another plane altogether.

Marco Lanzagorta
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