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April 12th 2020

Laila Biali, Out of Dust
Artist:
Laila Biali
Title:
Out of Dust
Genre:
Jazz/Female Vocal
Label:
ACT Records
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The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali. For nearly every major triumph—a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world—the singer-songwriter has faced a private debilitating crisis. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend, mourned a family member, and dealt with health challenges of her own. It was a period of change and heartache—but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest trials can produce something meaningful, if only to make us more empathetic to the struggles of those around us.” 
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March 28th 2020

Kandace Springs, The Women Who Raised Me
Artist:
Kandace Springs
Title:
The Women Who Raised Me
Genre:
Jazz/Female Vocal
Label:
Blue Note Records
Website:
With this Kandace's third album, soul-jazz singer Kandace Springs pays tribute to some of her greatest inspirations - those female vocalists who most impacted her music, stylings, and journey.

I saw her at Ronnie Scotts in 2019 when Kandace said she was to release her third album this year. It was certainly worth the wait!

Her soulful singing led her late mentor Prince to praise her “voice that can melt snow” This album is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) — who produced her 2016 debut Soul Eyes 

Relax and Enjoy! And if you're new to her take a listen to her other two albums as well!
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March 8th 2020

Karen Souza, Karen Souza
Artist:
Karen Souza
Title:
Language of Love
Genre:
Bossa Nova / Brazil
Label:
Karen Souza
Website:

While Karen Souza´s voice may sound like it was made for jazz, she is in fact a relative newcomer to this genre of music. Her career began under various psydeonymns as she provided vocal support to a number of electronic music producers and was part of several International House hits. 

She can be found singing under these pseudonymns on albums such as Pacha Ibiza, FTV (FashionTV), Paris Dernier, Hotel Costes and Privé. She had just begun to flirt with the idea of singing to jazz when she was contacted and invited to join the production of the first volume of the series, Jazz and ´80s. No one imagined the success that the series would have almost over night. The producer of the series knew a good thing when he saw it and he quickly shared his enthusiasm in the project with Karen and made her and her voice an important part of each album. 

Now that Karen had gotten her toes wet in the studio, her label decided it was time to dive in and they sent her and the rest of the Quartet on tour to Brazil in late 2009. The visit was a great success and Karen came into her own onstage, gaining confidence and ever tuning and refining her singing.

Language of Love is Souza's latest release - hope you enjoy!

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January 27th 2020

  Simone Kopmejer,  My Favorite Songs
Artist:
Simone Kopmejer
Title:
My Favorite Songs
Genre:
Jazz / Female Vocal
Label:
Lucky Mojo Records
Website:

''My Favorite Songs'' is Simone Kopmajer´s first ''Best Of'' album, a collection of songs from her last 12 recordings. This collection features artists such as George Mraz, Victor Lewis, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Houston Person and many more on a 32-songset that presents songs from ''The Great American Songbook'', originals and exquisite covers of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Ray Orbison and Bill Withers. 

She has soul and a particular charismatic tone in her voice that gives each song that special something. Born in Austria, Simone Kopmajer already achieved at a young age what many musicians, bands and ensembles dream of - the launch of a successful international career. In the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia, the singer is a household name for lovers of demanding and refined jazz music.

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January 20th 2020

Brian Simpson & Steve Oliver
Artist:
Brian Simpson & Steve Oliver
Title:
Unified
Genre:
Jazz / Smooth Jazz
Label:
ACT Music
Website:

The historic meeting of two Smooth jazz icons! Between them, they have scored more than 25 Top Ten Smooth Jazz radio hits, more than 15 Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz albums, toured to packed houses worldwide and shared the stage with everyone from Larry Carlton and George Duke to The Neville Brothers! 

Brian and Steve are famous for their melodic richness, captivating grooves and delicate touch and 'Unified' is the perfect expression of those qualities. Highlights include the romantic, dreamy "Last Summer," the super-sophisticated "Café du Monde," the grooving title tune "Unified" and much more. 

"Simpson is in the forefront of Smooth Jazz keyboard icons." Allmusic 

"As soon as Steve Oliver strums that guitar, you know you are about to hear some great tracks." TheJazzWorld

Brian Simpson/Keyboards

Steve Oliver/Guitar

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January 13th 2020

Nils Landgren & Jan Lundgren
Artist:
Nils Landgren & Jan Lundgren
Title:
Kristallen
Genre:
Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Label:
ACT Music
Website:

Duo - it's the most reduced way of making music together. At the same time it can open a whole musical world without borders. Two musicians acting as one and in a dialogue at the same time. Call and response - it's jazz in its purest form. Sometimes less is more…

The sound world of “Kristallen” relishes the moment when the surfaces and edges of crystals shimmer and cast off unexpected colours. There is a certain stillness, and also room for the imagination to unfold. Magic with fragility. Nils Landgren and Jan Lundgren have a consistent vision of lyrical chamber jazz which flows gently and naturally. Rather than clamouring for our attention, this is music which reveals its true beauty the more attentively one listens.

The wonderfully instinctive way in which Nils Landgren and Jan Lundgren interact could already be admired on the Leonard Bernstein tribute “Some Other Time”. Now with just the two of them, their sixth sense, their authentic feeling for the same musical styles is all the more evident. A Nordic spirit, deeply romantic emotions, impressionistic colouring and an affirmation of the American jazz tradition: all of these pervade “Kristallen” and bring a special magic to it. Through their deep affinity and their cohesion, this duo has meticulously shaped a radiant and many-hued musical diamond.

Nils Landgren/Trombone & Vocals

Jan Lundgren/Piano

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December 16th 2019

 Les Cinq Modernes
Artist:
Les Cinq Modernes
Title:
Continental Jazz
Genre:
Jazz / Cool Jazz
Label:
Somerset
Website:

Possibly not to everyone's taste and maybe an album to go on some peoples guilty pleasures list! However, a great recording from the late 1950's just remastered.

Following a career as a jazz and dance band guitarist and studies as a classical stringmeister, Al Hendrickson became one of the most prolifically recorded studio guitarists in the history of American music. His name is frequently mutilated in recording credits, leading to the mistaken if perhaps understandable conclusion that more than one guitarist was responsible for all this work. He can be cited as the missing link between the Weavers and the Monkees or between artists with such cool names yet diverse styles as country novelty king Sheb Wooley and bebop pianist Dodo Marmarosa. Famous records this guitarist contributed to include "Moon River," "Memories Are Made of This," and "Goodnight, Irene." 

His professional involvements started with big-band leader Artie Shaw in 1940. He then began working with bandleaders such as Freddie Slack, Ray Linn, and Benny Goodman, at one point holding the guitar chair in a special sextet fronted by Goodman. He was soon in extreme demand for film and television soundtracks as well as pop sessions, with Columbia label signing him up to an exclusive contract in 1959.

The band includes:
Pete Jolly, piano, accordion
Paul Horn, saxophone, flute, clarinet
Gene Estes, vibraphone
Al Hendrickson, guitar
Jimmy Bundy, bass
Irv Cottler, drums 

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December 9th 2019

Eric Alexander with Strings
Artist:
Eric Alexander
Title:
Eric Alexander with Strings
Genre:
Jazz / Be Bop
Label:
HighNote Records
Website:

Eric Alexander's prowess on the tenor saxophone, his unimpeachable virtuosity and technical skill, is obvious to anyone who has paid attention to his fluent and stirring work over the past three decades. His reputation as a hard blowing jazz gladiator has stood him well with fellow musicians and loyal listeners. Admired and enjoyed for his exceptional powers, Alexander is a model of mainstream jazz expertise. However, on his latest HighNote recording Eric, backed by three of his favorite colleagues - David Hazeltine, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth together with the lush sounds of a string orchestra, brings his lyrical side to the fore. "I wanted to get straight into the beauty of a song, always putting the melody first", Alexander states about his expressed intentions for the album. Improvisations are the icing on the cake. With the fruition of this dream project Alexander has again succeeded in proving that his long obvious gifts as a player are equaled by his respect for the gift of song. 

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December 2nd 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
Artist:
Vincent Herring
Title:
Bird at 100
Genre:
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz
Label:
Smoke Sessions
Website:

29th August 2020, will mark the centennial of Charlie Parker, one of jazz’s most iconic figures. The global celebration of Charlie Parker begins with a historic alto saxophone summit bringing together three of modern jazz’s most acclaimed voices.  Vincent HerringBobby Watson, and Gary Bartz, three of the most heralded alto sax jazz musicians in the last 40 years, join forces to pay tribute to Parker’s legacy in the aptest fashion for this ground-breaking pioneer: by carrying his innovations forward in their own utterly singular styles.

The three alto sax masters on Bird at 100  are taken to new heights by a rhythm section that has made their mark in the jazz world: pianist David Kikoski, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Carl Allen. All three are regular collaborators with many of the prominent jazz masters performing today and are individual masters in their own rights. 

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November 25th 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
Artist:
Chet Baker
Title:
The Legendary Riverside Albums
Genre:
Jazz /Male Vocal
Label:
Craft Recordings
Website:

This collection features ''cool jazz" Baker's music recorded with jazz label Riverside during 1958 and 1959. These albums feature amongst others Bill Evans, Kenny Burrell and Johnny Griffin on recordings which have been cut from the original analogue master tapes now made available for hi-res streaming and download. The album set includes (Chet Bakers Sings) It Could Happen To You, Chet Baker in New York, Chet and Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner & Loewe as well the bonus of outtakes and alternate takes.

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November 11th 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
Artist:
Kyle Eastwood
Title:
Cinematic
Genre:
Jazz / Film Scores
Label:
Discograph
Website:

For this album, Kyle Eastwood brings together his two great passions, cinema and music. The album revisits both well-known and lesser known film scores performed with regular bandmates Hugh Coltman and Camille Bertault. The musicianship on this album is exemplary with some interesting arrangements.

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November 4th 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
Artist:
Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Title:
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This
Genre:
Vocal Jazz
Label:
Decca (UMO)
Website:

Chosen by a guest at one of our recent listening sessions, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This is Jeff Goldblum's second album released one year after his debut. He learnt the piano whilst growing up in Pittsburgh, and has played lounge gigs with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra throughout his career.

The focus is on mainly female guest singers including Fiona Apple and Miley Cyrus (has anybody heard them sing jazz before?) together with Anna Calvi and Inara George. There's a guest apprearance by Gregory Porter too!

Enjoy this playful and inviting album as Goldblum returns to lead the band and takes his rightful place back at the piano.

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October 28th 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
Artist:
Harry Connick, Jr.
Title:
True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter
Genre:
Jazz - Male Vocal
Label:
Verve
Website:

This is simply a fantastic showcase of Porter’s music combined together with Connick’s talent. The singer/pianist/orchestrator shares some great songs with swinging big band backing. There’s a mixture of romance and sophistication throughout with some great arrangements. Pleasantly presented in hi-res on this Connick’s first album on the Verve label.

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October 21st 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
ARTIST:
Veronica Swift
Title:
Confessions
Genre:
Jazz/Vocal
Label:
Mack Avenue Records
Website:

Accompanied by Benny Green and Emmet Cohen, two of the finest jazz pianists of their respective generations, Swift performs with her deliciously evocative voice and fabulous vocal technique.

At just 25 years old, Veronica Swift has built a résumé that even many late-career jazz singers would envy.  In 2015 she earned second place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, the most prestigious contest in the art form. In other words, her command of the vocal-jazz tradition is astounding. 

In this album, she's picked a selection of songs that tell stories she can really get across.

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October 14th 2019

Mademoiselle in New York
Artist:
Lucienne Renaudin Vary, Bill Elliot, BBC Concert Orchestra
Title:
Mademoiselle in New York
Genre:
Classical Crossover
Label:
Warner Classics
Website:
The title really says it all. This album majors on American and French composers and songwriters including Bernstein, Gershwin, Ravel and Aznavour. Lucienne at the age of 20 years together with her trumpet joins Bill Elliot and the BBC Concert Orchestra for this her second album. Sit back and enjoy and be transported from Paris to New York!
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