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Keith Javors Quartet
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With a light touch of the Detroit R&B scene, this Jazz quartet spins an elegant, charming album that shines both in its carefully crafted composition as well as top-notch performance. With an atmospheric spirit that can compete with the most rare of imported, red wines and that has the bebop lift of seasonal, island breezes, this romantic companion to candlelight nuance is a must-have for followers of Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller. In delicate, open communication, the piano, sax, drums and upright bass weave strands of musical thought and impulse with emotion and intelligence. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

Maria Marquez
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With an appropriate title, translating as "Nature's Princess," this full-bodied, robust album of Venezuelan traditional music intertwined with soft Jazz influence, occasionally reminiscent of Sting, is absolutely magical. With ghostly, dark and haunting vocals that weave and dance through the lines like a mistress cloaked in black silk, crying out and disappearing, passionately creeping through the musical textures, these songs evoke rich imagery and intricate stories. This album plots a new path for the appreciation of Latin music within modern mediums. Absolutely gorgeous. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

Ritchee Price
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You don't have to know anything about Drum Corps International to be blown away by this soprano player. Not only is he one of the pioneers of the drum and bugle corps explosion of the late 60s and early 70s, but he has backed up just about every jazz big name. Mixing a screaming soprano with a soulful piano raises the hairs on my arm and sends a tingle up my spine. It's rare that I hear someone capture the beauty of a horn so well as in this record. This might just be the best jazz record I've heard all year. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

Septer Bourbon
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Rich, full-bodied and earthy like a choice glass of wine; it's no wonder that Jazz is one of the top selling genres at CD Baby when albums like this come by. Thick with atmosphere, the smoky sound of the sax, the pondering upright bass, wispy percussion and robust piano, this album settles over the soul like a cloud coming to shelter you from the heat of a harsh world. Dipping intelligently into jazz fusion with an accesssibility that snares the overburdened mind and tames the frayed nerves, Septer Bourbon is *the* jazz album to check out this week. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

The Blue Saracens
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I think it was the lyrics, "If you break my heart, I'll break your face," that first caught my attention. If it's sassy, back-talking swinging jazz that you want, you have found your resting place, friends. Because the tracks give as much focus to the instrumentals as the vocals, the band has a chance to shine without being slave to the lyrics. Kick back with a fun and charming album of spunky and pleasantly spiteful big band fun. Put this on while cooking dinner and you're guaranteed to enjoy even the messy clean-up. [ More Info/Purhase... ]

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