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At WSJ on Kandace Springs Indigo

‘Indigo’ by Kandace Springs Review: Adding Emotion Through Precision On her new release, the soulful jazz pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary. Kandace Springs PHOTO: JEFF FORNEY 0 COMMENTS By Martin Johnson Sept. 6, 2018 4:39 p.m. ET Pianist and … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Vintage Grant Green Releases

  MUSIC REVIEW ‘Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)’ and ‘Slick!—Live at Oil Can Harry’s’ by Grant Green Reviews In an era often belittled by jazz fans, guitarist Grant Green spearheaded a movement that expanded hits in innovative … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Sara Serpa’s Stunning “Close Up”

Close Up’ Review: Breaking New Ground Songs on Sara Serpa’s new album draw on the works of Virginia Woolf and other writers. Sara Serpa PHOTO: MICHAEL JACKSON By Martin Johnson March 13, 2018 5:24 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS Since her arrival on the … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Matt Mitchell’s A Pouting Grimace

‘A Pouting Grimace’ by Matt Mitchell Review: Crossing Stylistic Borders With Ease The pianist and composer offers his most complex and sprawling work yet on an album that showcases the influence of con mporary classical music and unique harmonies. Pianist … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Tyshawn Sorey’s Verisimitude

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Verisimilitude’ by Tyshawn Sorey Review: Building a Bridge From Jazz to Classical Drummer, pianist and trombonist Tyshawn Sorey offers a somber, austere album influenced by Claude Debussy, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis. Tyshawn Sorey’s new album is ‘Verisimilitude’ PHOTO: JOHN … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the Mary Halvorson Octet and Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet

‘Enter the PlusTet’ and ‘Away With You’ Reviews: Making Space for Large Ensembles Two recordings offer new sounds coming from bigger bands. ENLARGE Guitarist Mary Halvorson plays on ‘Enter the PlusTet’ by Taylor Ho Bynum and ‘Away With You’ by … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Nels Cline

      This was one of those reviews that makes me realize how much I love writing.  On Friday, I was all ready to write a fairly superficial review of the recording judging it on how well it tackles … Continue reading

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