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Apr
4
2014

Pugsley Buzzard

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Chasin’ Aces (MGM)  Had the French not founded New Orleans in 1718, and had it not subsequently become such a racial melting pot, much of what dominated popular music in the last 100 years may never have been spawned. Goodbye jazz, R&B, rock’n’roll and funk. Already steeped in the Crescent City’s music like he was […]

Mar
27
2014

Julien Wilson CD

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This Is Always (lionsharecords)  A tenor saxophone making gentle, sensuous jazz is a grand tradition, like paddle-steamers cruising on wide, slow rivers. Ben Webster Plays Ballads remains one of jazz’s must-have recordings, and now Julien Wilson eases his own tenor into that tradition, in the process creating one of the great Australian jazz albums. This […]

Mar
20
2014

Ralph Alessi CD

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Baida (ECM)  All improvised music is a dialogue, but some musicians shrink the gap between speech and notes still further. Duke Ellington’s trumpeter Rex Stewart and the great reeds player Eric Dolphy are two notable examples, and there are times on this album when trumpeter Ralph Alessi sounds like he is speaking rather than playing […]

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