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Jazz - Released October 18, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released October 18, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released September 27, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released September 27, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released September 27, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 30, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released April 12, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released March 1, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Following up his 2018 collaboration with Van Morrison, You're Driving Me Crazy, Joey DeFrancesco returns to his own work with his quartet on 2019's spiritually inspired In the Key of the Universe. Produced by DeFrancesco and his wife, Gloria, the album finds the organist tapping into the hypnotic, deeply soulful metaphysical jazz that artists like Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk further explored in the wake of spiritual jazz pioneer John Coltrane's death in 1967. In fact, DeFrancesco showcases Sanders here on three tracks. Joining them are several longtime associates including legendary drummer Billy Hart, saxophonist Troy Roberts, and percussionist Sammy Figueroa. At the core of the album is a heartfelt rendition of Sanders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan" off his classic 1969 album Karma, on which drummer Hart also appeared. Sanders also adds his flowing, emotive saxophone to the expansive, minor-toned title track, and the dusky afterglow grooves of "And So It Is." The latter also finds DeFrancesco playing trumpet, something he does several times on the album, evoking the burnished warmth and lyricism of mid-'60s Miles Davis. The tracks without Sanders are equally compelling, as DeFrancesco and his band dig into Middle Eastern-tinged blues on "Vibrations in Blue," dive deep into the flowing bop modality of "Awake and Blissed," and luxuriate in the sparkling soul balladry of "A Path Through the Noise." While DeFrancesco has always played with an earthy soulfulness, on In the Key of the Universe he elevates that soulfulness to a divine musical plane. ~ Matt Collar
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Vocal Jazz - Released February 22, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released February 22, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Für das dritte, beim Label Mack Avenue erscheinende Album, hatte sich der Gitarrist Julian Lage mit seinem Trioneue Weggefährten ausgesucht, nämlich den Kontrabassisten Jorge Roeder und den Schlagzeuger der The Bad Plus, Dave King. Das ehemalige Wunderkind aus Kalifornien lebt heute in New York. Hier bietet der nunmehr 31-Jährige Neuinterpretationen aus einem recht vielseitigen Repertoire und damit ein erquickliches Panorama amerikanischer Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts – aber nicht ausschließlich Jazzkomponisten. So begegnet man auf Love Hurts Stücken von Roy Orbison aber auch von Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Giuffre, Peter Ivers oder Keith Jarrett. In seiner Kunst befasst sich Lage immer eingehender mit dieser elektrischen Variante, um einerseits Jazz, aber auch Blues und Rock'n'Roll miteinzubeziehen. Dieser Virtuose wandert mit dem Plektron in der Hand von einem Bekanntenkreis zum nächsten und er beherrscht seine Klassiker aus dem Effeff. Erst denkt man an den Stil eines Bill Frisell, aber dann gleitet er eher in Richtung Pat Metheny, bevor es etwas schlichter wird und Erinnerungen an Jim Hall auftauchen. Mehr noch als auf seinen vorangegangenen Platten räumt der Gitarrist nicht nur mit allerlei Einflüssen auf, sondern er beweist nun einen für ihn recht typischen Stil anhand von eigenen, oft recht gewagten Improvisationen. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Latin America - Released February 1, 2019 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released November 16, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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With the exception of one song left off due to lack of space, this single CD reissues the music from two LPs featuring Chucho Valdés in Cuba. 1972's Jazz Bata, the first five selections, features the great pianist in a rhythm section with bassist Carlos del Puerto and Oscar Valdes on congas. The originals, which are straight-ahead jazz that utilizes Cuban polyrhythms, show off Valdés' wondrous technique well, and include one song named after Valdés' famous group "Irakere." While "Laureen" is an emotional out-of-tempo ballad, some of the other songs find the pianist making a great deal out of very little including the lengthy vamp piece "Son No. 2." He never seems to run out of ideas. The final five selections are from 1982 and have Valdés leading a five-piece rhythm section plus guest German Velasco playing soprano sax or flute on three numbers; Valdés takes "Son Para Leyanis" as a highly rhythmic piano solo. His "Claudia" is one of his best-known pieces, while the memorable "Zanaith" is on the same level. All in all, this is a superior reissue featuring some of Chucho Valdés' best piano recordings of the era. ~ Scott Yanow
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Christmas Music - Released November 9, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released November 2, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released October 26, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released October 19, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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Vocal Jazz - Released September 28, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with the brilliant WomanChild, Cécile McLorin Salvant raised the bar two years later with For One To Love, an even more impressive and complete album on which her voice worked wonders, and the more traditional Dreams & Daggers, recorded live at the Village Vanguard and the DiMenna Center with her faithful trio, the Quatuor Catalyst and the pianist Sullivan Fortner. She chose only to work with the latter of the two for her 2018 vintage album titled The Window. Born on August 28th, 1989 in Miami, Florida, she studied French law, baroque and vocal jazz in Aix-en-Provence in France before winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010 (at only 20 years old, in front of a panel of judges made up of Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling!). For this album she decided on a vocal-piano duet. A baptism of fire which further demonstrates her astounding vocal ability. It is an album that also focuses on the complex nature of love through covers of songs by Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and even Stevie Wonder. This is further proof that Cécile McLorin Salvant is anything but the cliché of a jazz singer, as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis puts it: “ You get a singer like this once in a generation or two…” © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

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