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Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Remembering Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, who helped open the door to jazz for me.

Kenny Shanker – Action City (2014)

Kenny Shanker – Action City (2014)

Here’s a review of Kenny Shanker’s Action City, a perfect blend of top-notch composing and refined musicianship.

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mr. Nathan Parker Smith’s band.

Irvin Mayfield, “O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree,” (2014): One Track Mind

Irvin Mayfield, “O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree,” (2014): One Track Mind

Irvin Mayfield’s effervescent Christmas redo will shake your stockings off the mantel.

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Ipswich Music Festival presentation of Jazz at the Movies gave us more than we bargained for.

Ron Miles + Bill Frisell and Brian Blade – Circuit Rider (2014)

Ron Miles + Bill Frisell and Brian Blade – Circuit Rider (2014)

Ron Miles and Company once again make music ideal for those who savor it with angularity and superb group dynamics.

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (2014)

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (2014)

Playing in one of this music’s holy places, Branford Marsalis gives himself, utterly, to the moment.

Brian Charette – Good Tipper (2014)

Brian Charette – Good Tipper (2014)

Brian Charette can’t help putting a refreshingly different spin on things with this delightful, covers-heavy organ trio record.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Blue (2014)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Blue (2014)

If you like ‘Kind of Blue,’ then you…uhh…will like ‘Blue’.

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder – Spark of Life (2014)

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder – Spark of Life (2014)

Marcin Wasilewski Trio’s ‘Spark of Life’ does absolutely nothing to dispel the ECM stereotype. But so what? Other record companies would kill to be stereotyped like that.