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5:25 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

KIOS Jazz CD of the Month: Chris McNulty/Eternal/Palmetto Records

The latest recording from Australian-born, New York City based jazz vocalist Chris McNulty is perhaps the finest of her entire career. With Eternal Chris McNulty presents one of the most personal recordings this reviewer has encountered in many years.

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4:43 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Jazz Junction Review: ELIANE ELIAS - MADE IN BRAZIL – Concord Jazz

This new release from vocalist and pianist Eliane Elias marks the first time she has recorded in her native Brazil since 1981. Incorporating music from three generations of Brazilian composers, Elias has rendered a beautiful album that epitomizes that exquisite quality of Brazilian music to blend the melancholy and the uplifting with beats that soothe the soul.

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4:11 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Jazz Junction Review: DOUG WEBB - TRIPLE PLAY - Positone Records

Jazz Junction Review: DOUG WEBB - TRIPLE PLAY - Positone Records

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3:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Jazz Junction Review:MARY STALLINGS – FEELIN' GOOD – High Note Records

One can depend upon Mary Stallings to deliver a good album and yet with “Feelin' Good” she has recorded a quintessential jazz vocal outing. This release embodies all of the qualities that comprise a superior session. It's an album so steeped in jazz tradition and delivered with such consummate ease and style as to be irresistible.

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11:33 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Last Call Review: Steve Gadd Band/ 70 Strong/BFM Jazz

Last Call celebrates the 70th Birthday of one of the drum legends of our time, Steve Gadd.

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1:47 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

KIOS Jazz CD Of The Month: Dave Stryker / Messin' with Mr. T / Strikezone Records

Guitarist Dave Stryker has been reliably delivering solid recordings for over two decades. With a wonderful tone, impressive chops and a knack for combining stimulating improvisation with accessible compositions, Stryker's music lures the listener with impeccable good vibes. In his latest release among some 30 as leader or co-leader, Stryker pays his respects to a former employer and, no surprise, an individual whose own style embraced the very qualities displayed on this album, Stanley Turrentine.

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7:31 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet/Intents and Purposes/Enja Records

Rez Abbasi presents a new recording for jazz fans which takes well-known jazz rock 1970s anthems in a new direction. Many fans of jazz-rock are familiar with some of the most well-known 1970s anthems from the supergroups that attracted huge followings worldwide, such as Return to Forever, Weather Report, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, and others.  Some listeners may have desired from time to time to hear these selections through a different, more subtle, less noisy lens.

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11:45 am
Thu February 12, 2015

February Last Call Reviews

Patrick Butler/Sound Pinnacle/ Independent Release

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7:58 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Jazz Junction Review: DAVID GIBSON – BOOM! - Positone Records

Trombonist David Gibson delivers a solid post-bop session that adds further affirmation to the vibrancy of the current jazz scene on his sixth release as a leader. This is no-nonsense, straight ahead music in a program of mostly original compositions. The instrumental setting is a quintet with the fine trumpet player Josh Evans and rhythm section comprised of Theo Hill playing piano, Alex Claffy at the bass and Kush Abadey at the drums.

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