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  DAVE STRYKER Eight Track III
Going for Adds May 3, 2019
FILE: Jazz
- Suggested Track: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Guitarist Dave Stryker's Eight Track III, features Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Jared Gold on organ and McClenty Hunter on drums as they burn through Stryker's hip jazz arrangements of classic 70's hits.

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  Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd Ain’t Misbehavin
Going for Adds May 3, 2019
FILE: Jazz
Vox - Suggested Track: 4, 7, 10, 11
Jazz ensemble brainchild of vocalist and violinist Yamit Lemoine. Elegant, classy and glamorous, the band has a vintage sound, look, and feel that transports audiences back in time.

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  STEVE SLAGLE Spirit Calls
Going for Adds March 1, 2019
Alto saxophonist Steve Slagle expands his discography with this premiere recording featuring his talent on the flute. A project long time coming, he demonstrates that he is not merely a “doubler” on the instrument but rather transcends new levels by exploring a variety of styles from a range of great composers chosen specifically for this project. Starting with Dvorák and his folk melody “Goin’ Home” (written in 1897), next stepping up to Jobim’s most challenging piece, “Luiza”, soldiering on and not slowing down with an energetic rendition of the rarely performed “De Drums” by Keith Jarrett, the collection finally culminates with Coltrane’s later period (1967) composition “Expression”. Along with other recognizable pieces and also a few original compositions, there is much to be savored in this ten-piece program.

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  BILL COLE & GERALD VEASLEY - Still Breathing
BILL COLE & ALEX BLAKE - Still Breathing 2

Going for Adds February 1, 2019
FILE: Jazz Improv
When I watched the video incident involving Eric Garner and the New York City Police, I first saw several policemen agitating Mr. Garner by touching him. All of a sudden a policeman attacked Mr. Garner from behind with a chokehold, and choked him until he was dead. This occured on July 17, 2014. While he was being choked you can hear Mr. Garner saying “I can’t breathe” several times. It was clear to me that he had been murdered. Then the Grand Jury of Staten Island, a borough of New York City, cleared the policeman of any wrongdoing. When I heard of this decision by the Staten Island Grand Jury my mind flashed back to all the killings of unarmed African American men by the police over the years in America - not only the killings by the police, but the fact that the killers were exonerated.

This is the same process that began during the time African American people were enslaved in this country. This Process of killing us by agents of the government or even private citizens has never ended. That is why I wanted to create a musical work to say that we’re STILL BREATHING. -Bill Cole

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  JACK MOUSE GROUP Intimate Adversary
Going for Adds October 31, 2018
FILE: Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 1, 2, Latin: 3, 4, Out: 8, 9
The Jack Mouse Group is poised to release Intimate Adversary, the latest of Jack’s recordings. Three Story Sandbox (2016, Tall Grass Records) featured free improvisations with Scott Robinson and Janice Borla, and was selected as a February 2016 "Editor's Pick" by DownBeat Magazine. Snakeheads & Ladybugs (2015, Tall Grass Records) offered freely improvised duets with multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson. Range of Motion (2012, Origin Records) presented Jack’s original compositions and received extensive international radio airplay, including five weeks on the Jazz Week Top 50 Chart and nine weeks on the CMJ Top 40 Chart, and garnered many rave reviews. Jack can also be heard on an array of other albums, including some Janice Borla Group and Dan Haerle Trio recordings.

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  JASON KAO HWANG BURNING BRIDGE Blood
Going for Adds October 31, 2018
FILE: Free Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 2 Ritual Groove; 4 Extended Blues
Blood by Jason Kao Hwang and his Burning Bridge ensemble represents the latest masterwork to date in the oeuvre of one of the jazz avant-garde’s most original compositional voices: an uncompromising artistic vision as captivating as it is challenging. Hwang succeeds here at incorporating improvisational statements into unified compositional schemes with what strikes me as a cinematic, directorial style, an engaging conception of sonic cinéma vérité.

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  GABRIEL ESPINOSA Nostalgias De Mi Vida
Going for Adds October 31, 2018
FILE: Latin Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 4, 6, 8, 10 Vocals: 3, 5, 7, 9
On his third ZOHO solo album, Mexican composer/singer/ electric bassist Gabriel Espinosa again creates a gorgeous mash-up of the music of his homeland and of Brazilian Samba Jazz, in six Espinosa originals and four Mexican Songbook classics.

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  KENT MILLER QUARTET Sunday Evenin'
Going for Adds September 19, 2018
FILE: Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 8
Here’s a cat and crew that know how to swing. An energetic romp through the land of good sounds that sound good, the pace is frenetic and the vibe is smoking. A bunch that knows their stuff, this is the kind of hot stuff you need to get the blood flowing. Well done.

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  CHRISTOPHER HOLLYDAY Telepathy
Going for Adds September 14, 2018
FILE: Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 2, 3, 4, 6
Starting out in Boston, Christopher Hollyday headlined at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City in 1988. He toured with Maynard Ferguson as a featured soloist in the trumpeter’s “60th Birthday Bi g Band,” recording “Big Bop Nouveau.” He toured the US, Canada, Brazil and Western Europe with his own quartet 1989 – 1993, making four recordings for RCA. Hollyday taught and studied composition and larger ensemble arranging techniques at Berklee College of Music in Boston starting in 1993. In 1996, he moved to San Diego, where he got a Masters in Jazz Studies and now teaches privately and performs.

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  EL ECO Two Worlds
Going for Adds August 10, 2018
FILE: Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 5, 6 - no vocs: 7, 8, 9
Led by drummer and composer Guillermo Nojechowicz and with Helio Alves, Kim Nazarian,Fernando Huergo, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, & Donny McCaslin, El Eco is re-issuing "Two Worlds." The disk features an intriguing mix of Brazilian/Argentinean music.

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  RACHEL CASWELL We’re All in The Dance
Going for Adds August 3, 2018
FILE: Vocal Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
There’s no mistaking the message of “We’re All in The Dance,” the title track of singer Rachel Caswell’s latest album. It’s a lovely waltz, the leitmotif song of the 2006 film Paris, je t’aime, which constitutes 18 miniature meditations on the joys, discontents and consequences of love in the City of Love by an international cohort of renowned directors. The English lyrics—rendered by Feist over the film’s final credits—pair the dance of life (“partners are lost and found looking for one more chance”) with the dance of music (“feel the beat; music and rhyme while there is time”). Somehow, through her purity of tone, intelligent phrasing, and flowing time feel, Caswell—cosigned by an ascendant solo by her younger sister, Grammy-nominated violinist Sara Caswell—navigates an alternate, bespoke pathway through a song whose simplicity and elegance pose a challenge to a singer steeped in the complexities of jazz expression.

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  MIKE FREEMAN Venetian Blinds
Going for Adds August 4, 2018
FILE: Jazz - Suggested Tracks: 3, 4, 7, 8
Vibraphonist and composer, Mike Freeman, has been entrenched in the New York jazz and Latin music scene for over three decades. With spirited soulful swing, his performances have taken him from North America and Europe to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His seven recordings of original music (ranging from jazz, Latinjazz, salsa, Brazilian, fusion, and R&B) have gained national and international attention and received extensive radio airplay charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and World Music radio. “Blue Tjade”, a tip of the hat to Cal Tjader, is followed by the latest in a line of clave infused recordings Mike has produced, “Venetian Blinds”. This latest release features music for El Rey (The King) Tito Puente and NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson.

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