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Hot Club Sandwich: Green Room

The best gypsy swing is full of local accents, with a strong indentity, cosmopolitan and not monotonous. It is rare, and it is here.

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Corey Harris: Zion Crossroads

Corey Harris sings and plays Rasta Reggae hymns while offering spiritual assurance and giving musical insight.

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Alvin Queen: I Aint Lookin At You

Very energetic quintet date led by the young veteran European-exiled sometime Horace Silver and Oscar Peterson drummer. Stirring.

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Jim Mize: Release it to the Sky

Broad mood music for a southern joint, to be danced or swooned to, over the talk and drink.

Robert R. Calder
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James Booker: Manchester '77

An inspired gig by the late celebrated genius of New Orleans piano.

Robert R. Calder
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Various Artists: Rough Guide to African Blues

This disc is a nice mix of music, all African, some blues, maybe just a little "African Blues", but not a lot.

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Matt Shulman: So It Goes

Multiphonics on trumpet sound, well, different. There's also a ballad to show Matt Shulman can do the standard thing as well as...anyone.

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Phil Woods Quintet: American Songbook II

The music is well worth playing, and the alto saxophone master and his men know how to play it well, freshly.

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Avishai Cohen with Lionel Loueke: After the Big Rain

A nice combination of jazz and Africa, and at least three sometime boy-wonder performers who haven't disappointed.

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Gerry Mulligan and Billy Taylor: Live at MCG

Gerry Mulligan on top instrumental form, notably on ballads, just three years before his death, in quartet with the now venerable Dr. Taylor's piano.

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Andre Ceccarelli: Golden Land

One of the great jazz drummers, plus a major Italian pianist on top form.

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Gaudi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Dub Qawwali

So well done, this dubbing of very sensitive reggae cum Pakistani accompaniments to unissued old vocal tracks of the late master is more musical triumph than novelty.

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Eldar: Re-Imagination

How many fingers does a pianist need? Notes? Nuances? Something to say? Simplicity?

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Andrew Violette: Rave

Ext-rave-rt modern music with roots -- in late nineteenth century symphonic traditions.

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KCP 5 featuring Charlie Mariano: Many Ways

Boston-Italian Mingus veteran spends Christmas with German pianist and three performers from the Karnataka College of Percussion in Bangalore, over Christmas and Boxing Days 2006. Swing! Joy!

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Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book

A real master cut off in his prime, an individual tenor saxophonist mature beyond his years and in an ideal quartet.

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Luis Salinas: Solo Guitarra

Brilliant young Argentinian guitarist who likes to caress, to evoke a range of beautiful sounds from his instrument.

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Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker: Get Ready

Motown and Church, the rich mix of the music of the leaders' childhood, gives this set the basis of appeal beyond jazz fans.

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Evelyn Glennie: Touch the Sound

Refreshingly unusual -- found sound, guest soundmakers, and an internationally leading percussionist who hears with her sense of touch.

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Jazz O'Maniacs: Sunset Cafe Stomp

A cellar-matured band from Hamburg, Germany, seriously devoted to 1926 Louis Armstrong, finding in the USA even more inspiration in good company where Armstrong's legend especially burgeoned.

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Charlie Haden / Antonio Forcione: Heartplay

Another Haden duet set, with a brilliant and very interesting guitarist, aimed at and achieving beauty.

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Billy Bang Quartet featuring Frank Lowe: Above and Beyond

Frank Lowe's last recording, a great tenor saxophonist who died of lung cancer in 2003, with friends affirmative to the end.

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