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On his remarkable sophomore recording, Soundances, trumpeter Diego Urcola confidently traverses the distance between his native Argentina and his current home in New…
Now in his 76th year, saxophonist Lee Konitz just keeps getting better and better. Far from resting on his considerable laurels, he continues to explore and examine, mining…
Hank Jones, while not the most inventive pianist in jazz, is remarkably consistent. His performances rarely surprise, but are always enjoyable. The Trio, featuring J…
Vibraphonist/percussionist Cal Tjader, who passed away in 1982, was one of the biggest non-Latin proponents of Afro-Cuban music in jazz. From the time he played with George…

With a new home at Blue Note Records, trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard seems reinvigorated and revitalized. While he delivered many fine recordings during his stay with…

All too often, recordings are produced which offer homage to a style without offering anything new. They may be well conceived and played, but without something to distingu…
The sign of a true musician is one who assimilates a broad diversity of influences, and creates a distinctive voice and personal musical language. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinke…
The website says: "Leo Records is a small independent company producing highly original, innovative, improvisation-based new music; music that refuses to be submitte…
With the use of Fender Rhodes and analogue synthesizers, Matthew Bourne’s début recording, the electric dr m owes much to Sextant-era Herbie Hancock. But with…
While often regarded as an Avante-gardist, Archie Shepp’s gruff interpretation of Ben Webster was always less abstract than contemporaries like Pharaoh Saunders. Leaving hi…