Mike LeDonne - Keep The Faith (2011) {Savant}

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Mike LeDonne - Keep The Faith (2011) {Savant}

Mike LeDonne - Keep The Faith (2011) {Savant}
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Genre: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Post-Bop

Connecticut-born / New York-based Mike LeDonne, who divides his time these days between piano and organ, has begun to record more frequently on the Hammond B3, especially with his suitably named Groover Quartet which, according to Owen Cordle's liner notes to Keep the Faith, has been together now for more than a decade. And that's a good thing, as these gentlemen certainly know how to groove, and do so with abandon on an album recorded roughly a year after the quartet's well-received The Groover.

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Kissed By The Sun (2012) {Socan}

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Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Kissed By The Sun (2012) {Socan}

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Kissed By The Sun (2012) {Socan}
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Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion

Gabriel is back with another funky contemporary jazz album, collaboration with Jeff Lorber (keys, g, b). In addition Brian Bromberg (b), Chuck Loeb (g), Rock Hendricks (sax) and Rob Tardik (g) all make guest appearances. Hasselbach plays trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone and flute. He soars, soothes and keeps the melodies crisp. They waste no time getting down to business with the opener "King James", the first of ten cuts that sizzle. Gabriel and company are energized and when you plug this one in you too will be Kissed By The Sun!

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Told Ya So (2010) {Socan}

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Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Told Ya So (2010) {Socan}

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - Told Ya So (2010) {Socan}
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Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion

Gabriel is a totally unique artist, creating an enticing and varied palette of textures and colors with his trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, valve ‘bone, and electronic wind instruments with erudite grace and lyricism. He has had a half dozen Billboard Top 20 charting tracks of his own, and many more with other Artists as featured soloist, incl. 2016 releases by Greg Manning, Rock Hendricks, Tony Saunders, & Bob Baldwin.

Nils Landgren & Janis Siegel - Some Other Time (2016) {ACT}

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Nils Landgren & Janis Siegel - Some Other Time (2016) {ACT}

Nils Landgren & Janis Siegel - Some Other Time (2016) {ACT}
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Genre: Vocal Jazz

Right in time for Nils Landgren's 60th birthday celebration the most elaborate project of his unparalleled carrer will be published. This album includes the music of musiclas like "West Side Story and a phenomenal line-up, among others his All-Star band, Bochumer Symphoniker and singer Janis Siegel of the legendary "The Manhatten Transfer". Together with conductor and arranger Vince Mendoza they build a memorial for a friend of Jazz and great composer of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein.

Larry Coryell - Seven Secrets (2016) {Savoy Jazz}

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Larry Coryell - Seven Secrets (2016) {Savoy Jazz}

Larry Coryell - Seven Secrets (2016) {Savoy Jazz}
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Genre: Fusion

The idea for reuniting this seminal '70s fusion group first came in 2015, when the lineup for a previously booked one-week engagement at New York's The Blue Note club unexpectedly fell through. Rather than cancel, Coryell suggested bringing most of the 11th House's original members back together—trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummer Alphonse Mouzon and bassist John Lee, who replaced founding bassist Danny Trifan for the group's second album, Level One (Arista, 1975)—along with, Coryell's son, guitarist Julian Coryell, replacing Mike Mandel due to the keyboardist's ill health.

John Coltrane Quartet - Coltrane (1962) {Analogue Productions}

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John Coltrane Quartet - Coltrane (1962) {Analogue Productions}

John Coltrane Quartet - Coltrane (1962) {Analogue Productions}
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Genre: Jazz, Bop

Recorded over the course of three months in 1962, Coltrane was John Coltrane's third album for Impulse, but his first for the label devoted entirely to his regular working group. It was also the first album on any label to showcase what came to be known as the classic John Coltrane Quartet. That group – with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – established itself in its four years of existence as one of the most influential ensembles in jazz, and one of the most popular as well. Coltrane documents its genesis.

Phil Upchurch / Tennyson Stephens ‎– Upchurch/Tennyson (1975) {Kudu]

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Phil Upchurch / Tennyson Stephens ‎– Upchurch/Tennyson (1975) {Kudu]

Phil Upchurch / Tennyson Stephens ‎– Upchurch/Tennyson (1975) {Kudu]
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Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

1975 was a hell of a year for Creed Taylor's Kudu Records. Not only was the mighty, mighty Feels So Good album by Grover Washington, Jr. released, but so was saxophonist Hank Crawford's Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing. It was one of two recordings issued by Crawford for the label in that calendar year. But perhaps the most deeply satisfying and out of character album from that year was the absolute soul-jazz masterpiece Upchurch/Tennyson by Chicago guitar god Phil Upchurch and pianist/vocalist Tennyson Stephens. Where else can you find tracks by Bob James, Charles Stepney, Stevie Wonder, Ralph MacDonald, and Franz Schubert on the same album played by a cast of musicians that includes Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Hubert Laws, James, Upchruch, Stephens, and a slew of others.

Noel Pointer - Calling (1980) {Soulmusic}

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Noel Pointer - Calling (1980) {Soulmusic}

Noel Pointer - Calling (1980) {Soulmusic}
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Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

Considered one of the top violinists in the jazz field, the late Noel Pointer also established a solid following for himself among soul and funk music lovers thanks to a series of great albums recorded between 1977 and 1993 (one year before his passing at the young age of 39). Released in 1980 and making its worldwide CD debut with this 2012 reissue, CALLING was the Brooklyn-born musician’s fourth album for United Artists. The LP was a musical departure for Noel, who worked with noted producer/arranger Richard Evans on the project since it included Noel on several tracks on vocals while the choice of material reflected a spiritual approach reflected in several of the tracks including ‘Higher Than Heaven,’ ‘Peace On Earth’ and the title track.

Matt Bianco - Gravity (2017) {Victor}

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Matt Bianco - Gravity (2017) {Victor}

Matt Bianco - Gravity (2017) {Victor}
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Genre: Vocal Jazz, Latin Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Some things just get better with time. Red wine and self-confidence, for instance, or Matt Bianco. The legendary British group, named after an imaginary Sixties superspy in the Eighties, is adored around the world for hits like "Half A Minute", "Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed", "Whose Side Are You On?", or "Yeh Yeh". For their fifteenth album "Gravity", front-man, vocalist and songwriter Mark Reilly recruited a superb new band featuring Swedish sax- and flute-star Magnus Lindgren and a large chunk of Jamie Cullum's group. Their mission: reviving and modernizing Matt Bianco's Bossa- and Jazz-roots, while keeping the easy going swing of former successes, built around the singularly recognizable Dry-Martini-voice of Mark Reilly. The result is an energetic, yet relaxed collection of ten original songs, with enough gravity to please their most sophisticated admirers and plenty of new fans, who might have been bitten by the Jazz-bug via a Gregory Porter or Jamie Cullum.

Matt Mitchell - A Pouting Grimace (2017) {Pi Recordings}

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Matt Mitchell - A Pouting Grimace (2017) {Pi Recordings}

Matt Mitchell - A Pouting Grimace (2017) {Pi Recordings}
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Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz

A Pouting Grimace is the audacious new release from pianist/composer Matt Mitchell, whose prior release Vista Accumulation (Pi 2015) The New York Times calls “a bold signature” that “simmers with deep intensity.” Not only is he one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz – Mitchell plays in bands such as Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Birdcalls, and David Binney’s Quartet — he has established himself as a composer of bold distinction. Substantial in scope, the album, which features twelve musicians: five woodwinds, four percussionists, harp, bass, and the leader on piano, Prophet 6, and electronics, weaves an intricate web of off-kilter rhythms and logical frenzy. Produced by the acclaimed guitarist/composer David Torn, the work is completely beyond genre, a daring tour de force that headily mines the interstice between precision-plotted compositions and the thrill of improvisation.

James Taylor - Picking Up Where We Left Off (2007) {Real Self}

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James Taylor - Picking Up Where We Left Off (2007) {Real Self}

James Taylor - Picking Up Where We Left Off (2007) {Real Self}
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Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion

British soul-jazz organist James Taylor has crossed easily between stylistic definitions throughout his career, from the hard-charging garage rock of the Prisoners to his pioneering acid jazz work of the '90s. As the title suggests, Picking Up Where We Left Off finds Taylor returning to a straight soul-jazz setup with a classic Hammond quartet lineup akin to the James Taylor Quartet but featuring new collaborators in guitarist Nigel Price, bassist Andy McKinney, and drummer Neil Robinson. Fresh blood aside, this is entirely familiar territory for Taylor, mixing funky, Jimmy Smith-inspired organ lines with shuffling beats and funk-influenced guitar. The closest thing to a departure is the ballad "Never in My Wildest Dreams," a lovely showcase for an extended George Benson-like solo by Price.

Eddie Harris - Instant Death (1972) {Atlantic}

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Eddie Harris - Instant Death (1972) {Atlantic}

Eddie Harris - Instant Death (1972) {Atlantic}
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Genre: Jazz-Funk, Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz

This is one of Eddie Harris's stronger Atlantic albums of the 1970s. Harris jamming on "Instant Death" is one of his most satisfying statements on the reed trumpet, guitarist Ronald Muldrow's "A Little Wes" is memorable and even the briefer pieces are worthwhile. In addition to Harris (who mostly plays his electrified tenor) and Muldrow, the group consists of keyboardist Richard Abrams, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Billy James and percussionist Henry Gibson. This long out-of-print LP is long overdue to be reissued on CD.

Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}

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Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}

Edward Vesala - Nordic Gallery (1994) {ECM 1541}
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Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative

Piggybacking on 1992’s Invisible Storm, ECM maverick Edward Vesala returned with his organic collective, Sound & Fury, as our guide for Nordic Gallery. Vesala draws a thinner circle around his ensemble this time around, weaving inside it a dreamcatcher for communal freedom, as exemplified in the 11-minute “Bird In The High Room,” a menagerie of cymbals, muted horns, drums, and birdsong. The latter signals a luxuriant indulgence in the Vesala soundscape as winds and wings fall in line like a panel out of Where the Wild Things Are. Even the electric guitar whistles in its sibilant cage, avian heart unfolded. Field recordings continue to leave breadcrumb trail of “Fulflandia” on its way toward “The Quay of Meditative Future.” Harpist Iro Haarla’s veiled and omnipresent insistence turns arrival into departure as the music’s long-shadowed caravan cuts a line in the sand.

Casiopea - Marble (2004) {Geneon}

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Casiopea - Marble (2004) {Geneon}

Casiopea - Marble (2004) {Geneon}
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Genre: Fusion

Casiopea (カシオペア Kashiopea, derived from the name of the constellation Cassiopeia), also known today as Casiopea 3rd, is a Japanese jazz fusion band formed in 1976 by guitarist Issei Noro, bassist Tetsuo Sakurai and keyboardist Hidehiko Koike. In 1977, keyboardist Minoru Mukaiya and drummer Takashi Sasaki joined the group, leaving Hidehiko out of the band. The group debuted with the self-titled album Casiopea in 1979, featuring Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker and David Sanborn as guest musicians. In 1980, Sasaki was replaced by Akira Jimbo. Casiopea has released over 45 albums to date in Japan, and some of them overseas.

Big 4 + 1 - 7 Years (2017) {Neuklang}

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Big 4 + 1 - 7 Years (2017) {Neuklang}

Big 4 + 1 - 7 Years (2017) {Neuklang}
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Genre: Free Jazz

The birth of this band comes from a deep wish to take up the challenge of a singular instrumentation : two Horns (Saxophone & Tuba) and two Percussions (Vibraphone and Drums). The Tuba/Vibraphone combination creates a clear demarcation with sound material of a "standard" quartet (w/ Piano & Bass), while bringing a warm tone as well as unusual acoustic textures.