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John Kelman

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In a press release for this album, leader James Tartaglia explains that the premise for the recording was to reflect the mood in Britain around the time that the war in Ira…
While dating back a few years, Clouds is an album of hard-hitting post-bop that well deserves a second look. Guitarist Rick Zunigar and his trio are world-class perf…
For his third group album, keyboardist Andy Milne has dropped the "Cosmic" and now just refers to his band as "Dapp Theory". That aside, nothing much has really changed; wi…
Saxophonist Bob Brough has been a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene for over thirty years. His smoky, relaxed tone recalls vintage Stan Getz, while his harmonic adventures …
Café Varzé Jazz is subtitled Plays the music of Donald Anthony Varzé. Varzé is a native of Edmonton, Canada who, after spending his early years playing guitar…
One of Europe’s best kept secrets is a burgeoning jazz scene in Slovenia. With young players including guitarist Samo Salamon releasing vanguard albums like this past year’…
By reducing a programme of standards to both a bare-bones sax-bass-drums trio, and to a set of miniatures that, while encouraging improvisation, keep things concise and tri…
Recordings that dabble in a variety of genres take the risk of sounding unfocused; all too often artists with diverse interests and influences are unable to find the thread…
With his impressive début record, keyboardist Henry Hey eschews electronics and, instead, pares things down to a straightforward piano trio that shows off his abilities as …
Bassist Lonnie Plaxico hasn’t had it easy establishing himself as a leader. While he has worked with a cross-section of jazz artists including Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Wy…