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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschijnt op 19 maart 2021 | Mack Avenue Records

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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 19 februari 2021 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 29 januari 2021 | Mack Avenue Records

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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 15 januari 2021 | Mack Avenue Records

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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 20 november 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 6 november 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Vocale muziek (wereldlijk en religieus) - Verschenen op 16 oktober 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 25 september 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Christian McBride's latest big band session travels back to an incredible moment in 1966 when organist Jimmy Smith, guitarist Wes Montgomery and arranger Oliver Nelson gathered at Rudy Van Gelder's studio for a hard-swinging and ever-so-slightly unconventional big band summit meeting; all were operating at peak creativity. It was the first-ever collaboration between Smith and Montgomery, and the resulting albums (The Dynamic Duo and The Further Adventures Of…) were bursting with feats of highwire soloistic daredevilry. Nelson was the stealth MVP of the date. His arrangements—particularly "Down By The Riverside" and "Milestones"—discovered a lane equidistant between the hard swing of Basie and the floral voicings of Ellington, with intricate full-ensemble taunts giving way to plush pads designed to provoke the soloists. McBride's update uses those and other original Nelson charts, which, after all these decades, exude a freshness that eludes many large-ensemble projects. And it relies on a similarly sparky showdown between strong minded soloists—the organist Joey DeFrancesco and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Both clearly know they're working in the towering shadows of giants; neither seems daunted by that as they explore the hairpin turns of the big-band "Milestones" or the easygoing saunter of Montgomery's "Road Song." There are a few astonishing small-group moments, too, that offer a quick gauge on how far these soloists have evolved— check Whitfield on "Road Song," DeFrancesco's gentle and dramatic reading of the ballad "I Want To Talk About You" and McBride's capricious twenty-fingered trip through "Up Jumped Spring"). One elusive element McBride managed to transfer from the original source: The swing feel. From the opening solo, a twisty-road Whitfield foray on "Night Train," it's clear that the soloists thrive in the McBride sweet spot—everything they do, all the flashy blowing, flows directly from the crisp, uncomplicated grooves established by the bassist and his rhythm section. Big band music would be easier to love if it all felt this good. © Tom Moon/Qobuz
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Kerstmuziek - Verschenen op 18 september 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 28 augustus 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Latijns-Amerika - Verschenen op 28 augustus 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 21 augustus 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 12 juni 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 12 juni 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 15 mei 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 17 april 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Part of Mack Avenue’s wonderful Octave Remastered series, Gemini allows us to rediscover Erroll Garner in the last years of his life. Originally released in 1972, this groovy album was created along with double bassist Ernest McCarty Jr., conga player Jose Mangual and drummer Jimmie Smith. Supported by the omnipresent rhythm section, Garner plays not only piano but harpsichord too, revisiting standards such as How High the Moon, Tea for Two and These Foolish Things. The pianist also tackles more contemporary compositions, such as The Beatles’ Something. Like always, his unstoppable swing (one of the most recognizable in the history of jazz) radiates through this brilliant, multifaceted re-release. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz - Verschenen op 3 april 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 20 maart 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Verschenen op 28 februari 2020 | Mack Avenue Records

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