Dave Stryker: Eight Track Aug18
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Dave Stryker: Eight Track

With nearly a record a year as leader since his late 1980s recording debut, not to mention the dozens of recorded sideman appearances, veteran guitarist Dave Stryker has amassed a substantial discography of considerable depth and quality, leading varied small group combinations from trio to...

Randy Ingram: Sky|Lift Jul28
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Randy Ingram: Sky|Lift

Sky | Lift, the Sunnyside label debut of pianist Randy Ingram and most welcome and overdue successor to 2009s The Road Ahead (Brooklyn Jazz Underground), announces itself immediately as an album of warmth, openness, buoyancy, thoughtfulness and optimism, and maintains a course reflective of...

Taylor Haskins: Fuzzy Logic Jun20
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Taylor Haskins: Fuzzy Logic

Dreamy, evocative, exploratory, filmic, melodious, intermittently raucous, self-assured – just some of the descriptions one can use when describing Fuzzy Logic, the New Hampshire-born, Champlain Valley, NY denizen trumpeter and composer Taylor Haskins’ fifth and newest solo project, and...

Vit Kristan: Imprints / Animal Music Apr07
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Vit Kristan: Imprints / Animal Music

Imprints is the debut album of piano player Vit Kristan, whose project boasts a piano trio core of extraordinary calibre. Kristan’s jazz is not new to Expedition Audio – and neither is the work of his bass-wielding trio mate Jaromir Honzak; three of their albums have been recommended...

Belmondo Family Sextet: Mediterranean Sound Mar29
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Belmondo Family Sextet: Mediterranean Sound

Mediterranean Sound is a beautiful family affair! Father Yvan Belmondo and his two sons Stéphane and Lionel take inspiration from “returning home” – both physically and musically – to celebrate the jazz they love above all. Backed by the trio of Jean-Philippe Sempere (guitar),...

LABtrio: Fluxus / on Outnote Records Jan16
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LABtrio: Fluxus / on Outnote Records

Fluxus takes its root from the word flux: (noun) a state of continued flow; constant or frequent change. In the artists’ own words, it “represents the flow, the evolution we have experienced since the formation of LABtrio in May 2007,” back when they were in high school. Since then,...

CPR Electrio / Ondřej Pivec, Karel Ruzicka, Russell Carter Jan10
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CPR Electrio / Ondřej Pivec, Karel Ruzicka, Russel...

A high-energy jazz fusion album you can dance to, CPR Electrio’s self titled album is above all a joint demonstration of their dynamism and sheer joy of playing. CPR Electrio perform groovy music blending dance influences, R&B, and funk with a scope for solo improvisations circumscribed...

Pablo Held: Elders / Pirouet Records Jan07
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Pablo Held: Elders / Pirouet Records

Already one of Germany’s most respected young jazz talents, Pablo Held’s (b. 1986) new album Elders will earn him even more veneration. Elders, appropriately titled, is centered on inspirational and influential figures from generations past who have served as role models for Held’s...

3 Cohens: Tightrope / Anzic Records Dec18
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3 Cohens: Tightrope / Anzic Records

Collective improvisation is about exploring various tunes in a variety of traditions with a shared musical chemistry. It’s not a simple task, yet the 3 Cohens – siblings Anat (clarinets, tenor saxophone), Avishai (trumpet) and Yuval (soprano sax) – explore this concept on...

Marc Copland: Some More Love Songs Dec16
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Marc Copland: Some More Love Songs

Before pianist Marc Copland advanced his jazz career with his New York Trio recordings on Pirouet Records, he released an under-the-radar album Some Love Songs in 2005. It was a recording that continued in the footsteps of iconic pianist Bill Evans and his trio language, astute music-making...

Ben Wolfe: From Here I See from Maxjazz Nov12
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Ben Wolfe: From Here I See from Maxjazz

In contrast to the many jazz albums which place heavy emphasis on soloistic music-making, Ben Wolfe’s belief in the primacy of melody infused his newest album, “From Here I See”. It is a compilation of 12 original compositions, mostly ballads, by Ben Wolfe, presented in a standard jazz...

Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet/Paolo Fresu: Desertico Oct03
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Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet/Paolo Fresu: Desertico

If there’s one reason to explore this album it’s Paolo Fresu’s tone which resonates with Miles Davis’ aching sound. On his new album Desertico, Fresu manages to express melancholy without hopelessness, especially on the ballads, painting whimsical water colors with a gentle brush...