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Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

The music from Happy Place’s ‘Northfield’ wouldn’t readily be described as cheerful, but it’s intended as a cathartic release, and that’s just what it achieves.

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Like the mythical phoenix bird that rises from the ashes, Azymuth has rebounded from a devastating blow. On ‘Fênix’, José Roberto Bertrami’s spirit lives on strong.

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

In the battle between the 1400’s and the 2000’s, art in the form of uniquely inspired music wins.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

If songs like Dr. MiNT’s “Down To One” isn’t where jazz is headed, then it’s probably going in the wrong direction.

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Guitarist Ryan Blotnick moves back to Maine and an album of eight, spacious Blotnick compositions gently swayed by African-derived rhythms happens.

Kait Dunton and trioKAIT, “The Lady In My Life” from Casual (2016): One Track Mind

Kait Dunton and trioKAIT, “The Lady In My Life” from Casual (2016): One Track Mind

“The Lady In My Life” is a tribute to the late Rod Temperton’s pop songcrafting genius and the flair Kait Dunton has for surprising, smart arrangements.

Amendola vs. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)

Amendola vs. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)

Freakishly funky and soul satisfying, this dynamic duo push the limits on their ‘Greatest Hits,’ while having too much fun doing it.

James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (2016)

James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (2016)

True to its name, James Brandon Lewis’ classic hip hop/jazz hybrid ‘No Filter’ puts seemingly nothing between what he hears in his head and what you hear on this record.

Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic” from Emergent (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic” from Emergent (2016): Something Else! video premiere

There is a display of chops going on with Burnt Belief’s “Ghosts Aquatic.” It’s all there in the guise of subtle sublimity.