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Shannon McNally, Geronimo (Back Porch Records)

The first thing that strikes the listener about Shannon McNally is her laid back, sultry, slightly weary approach that is as inviting and comfortable as faded denim jeans and a […]

Lizz Wright, Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve)

Lizz Wright’s debut Salt introduced a talented vocalist with deep roots in spiritual music and the ability to convey the soulful feeling of jazz. Like the majority of new singers […]

Tord Gustavsen, The Ground (ECM)

Tord Gustavsen’s Changing Places, his debut as a leader on ECM, announced the graceful talent of a jazz pianist with impeccable taste. His follow up The Ground finds Gustavsen’s piano […]

Johnny Smith Quintet featuring Stan Getz, Moonlight in Vermont (Roulette Jazz)

Rising from dirt poor beginnings in Birmingham and New Orleans, Johnny Smith found himself in Maine as a youngster where he taught himself to play the guitar. The only gig […]

Mark Murphy, Bop For Miles (HighNotes)

Idiosyncratic jazz vocalist Mark Murphy’s deep affinity for the artistry of Miles Davis shines through on Bop For Miles, a live performance recorded in Austria in 1990. As anyone who […]

Charles Lloyd, Jumping the Creek (ECM)

There’s a spiritual quality that permeates the music of Charles Lloyd. Rich layers of depth coupled with emotional integrity performed with sublime intensity, finesse and presence. The recording opens with […]

Paul Reddick, Villanelle (NorthernBlues Music)

Paul Reddick’s Villanelle is one of those records that just grows on you and keeps the listener interested on several levels. First of all, the instrumentation is a nicely balanced […]