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Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Manhattan Transfer, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Manhattan Transfer, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I arrived at the Minnesota State Fair completely unaware of who was playing that night. I left a life-long fan of Manhattan Transfer.

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Far from losing its freshness, this power jazz trio led by its virtuosic trumpet player Avishai Cohen has delivered its best set of recordings yet.

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.