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George Duke: DreamWeaver

George Duke’s DreamWeaver takes its name from what the master musician and bandleader says is the music-making process. Written and recorded after the passing of his wife and musical family members, Duke presents captivating songs and sounds that lift spirits … Continue reading

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George Duke: Dukey Treats

George Duke, the master keyboardist, composer and producer remembers when funk was a musical and social force. But Duke never made a funk album – until now. For "Dukey Treats," he assembled band members from current and past projects, added … Continue reading

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David Samuels: Caribbean Jazz Project – Afro Bop Alliance

David Samuels, the vibraphonist-arranger of the noted Latin collective, Caribbean Jazz Project, has combined forces with the Maryland-based Afro Bop Alliance to create a stunning big band. Their self-titled release features arrangements of well-known standards and original compositions by Samuels. … Continue reading

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Corey Harris: Zion Crossroads

Corey Harris’ "Zion Crossroads" is a terrific roots-reggae album from an artist known for a variety of African diaspora musical styles. Harris’s recent trip to Ethiopia influenced a CD that ranges from gospel reggae to politically conscious reggae rock. Harris … Continue reading

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Charlie Hunter: Outre Mer

Jazz guitar innovator Charlie Hunter’s first film project is "Outre Mer," created with Garage A Trois, which also features Mike Dillon, Stanton Moore and Skerik. Garage A Trois is a polyrthymnic, groove ensemble, in contrast to Hunter’s more soloist-oriented projects. … Continue reading

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Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra / City Scape

Composer Jennifer Higdon is known for her bold, musically adventurous work. In this CD, Robert Spano conducts the Altanta Symphony Orchestra performing her "Concerto for Orchestra" and "City Scape," which she wrote for Atlanta – her old home town. Spano … Continue reading

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Cheryl Bentyne: Talk of the Town

Jazz vocalist Cheryl Bentyne has been with the Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer for many years. But now she’s released a debut solo CD of her favorite songs and it’s stunning. Backed by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Louis Nash … Continue reading

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Manhattan Transfer: Couldn’t Be Hotter

The Manhattan Transfer’s first live recording in seven years features exquisite renditions of the music of Louis Armstrong and other jazz classics. For more than 30 years, the group’s four-part harmonies have set new standards for jazz vocal music and … Continue reading

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Jennifer Higdon and Chris Theofanidis: Rainbow Body

Jennifer Higdon and Christopher Theofanidis are two composers whose works for orchestras have generated excitement and acclaim. Each has one composition on "Rainbow Body," a Telarc release, featuring Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Both works are alternately contemplative … Continue reading

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Mighty Sam McClain: Sweet Dreams

Mighty Sam McClain is a singer-songwriter-bandleader who draws on blues, gospel, jazz and country to present music that’s full of heart and honesty. Sam’s songs might appear to be about his struggles, women, love and rekindling relationships; but below the … Continue reading

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