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Bobby Broom - My Shining Hour
by Matthias Kirsch, Gina Love Jazz (Berlin)

A collection of nine standards is the latest album by guitarist Bobby Broom. But this is not your typical standard fare - there is a Frederick Loewe song that hasn't been recorded very often ("The Heather On The Hill") and all of the tracks come to life by the shining arrangements for his trio which includes Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums.

Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen were responsible for recording his first album... read more

Bobby Broom - Bobby Broom Plays for Monk
by Bob Weinberg, Miami Jazz and Blues Examiner

On the heels of a similar Peter Bernstein project, Sonny Rollins sideman Bobby Broom takes an imaginative stroll through the Thelonious Monk songbook with his trio of bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins. Of course, there's the novelty of hearing a guitar trio play Monk (the pianist never recorded with guitar, although apparently bootlegs exist of a 1940s jam with Charlie Christian at Minton's), but beyond that, Broom is an extremely... read more

Corey Christiansen - Dusk
by John Gilbreath, Jazz at the Library (Anacortes)

Guitarist Corey Christiansen has an innate skill at bridging traditional Americana music with jazz. This wonderful recording is as much a showcase for his emotive and fluid band, as it is for Christiansen's prodigious chops and laser sharp focus. As a suite of original compositions, plus one traditional, "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby," Dusk is evocative of feelings, people, and places, both imagined and... read more

Tom Rizzo - Imaginary Numbers
by Ken Dryden, All Music

Tom Rizzo's long-delayed debut recording as a leader is an impressive outing. Active since the early '70s as a professional guitarist, including stints with the Tonight Show Orchestra (where he also contributed as a composer/arranger), Maynard Ferguson, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, Rizzo started work on his dream project some six years prior to the record date. He recruited eight superb musicians, including two well-known names -- saxophonist Bob... read more

Emma Larsson - Sing To the Sky
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

She might have moved from Sweden to New York just a handful of years ago but she transplanted her Euro winning ways to the big apple in fine form and serves up the kind of date that serves as an invitation to see her as many nights as possible in whatever venue she's bringing her jazz vocal chops to. The kind of stuff that was made to pack jazz rooms regularly, Larsson swings and swings like a native and knows what it is to deliver a gasser.... read more

Joel Miller Sienna Dahlen - Dream Cassette
by Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

Rick's Pick This is a delightfully strange album from saxophonist/composer Joel Miller, one that will surely get filed in the Jazz section even though it won't sound anything like 99% of what you'll find there. on Dream Cassette he is collaborating with singer and lyricist Sienna Dahlen, and drawing on the relatively simple (sometimes nearly pentatonic) traditions of American folk music-but none of his compositions sound folky, and... read more

Jessica Williams - Songs of Earth
by Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

One of the most unheralded poet laureates of jazz piano, Jessica Williams has quietly forged a career on the West Coast, yielding an impressive body of solo and trio work with limited touring and headlines. Her latest project for Origin is drawn from solo performances in 2009-2011 at Seattle?s Triple Door. Songs of Earth includes six original compositions and Williams? interpretation of John Coltrane?s ?To Be.? In addition to composing and... read more

Brad Goode - Chicago Red
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record

One thing about electric/world Miles---you either had to be stoned or have high blood pressure to get the most out of Davis in that period. In that light, calling Goode?s latest Miles lite is no insult or disrespect. With echoes of the Miles/Holland/deJohnette interplay, shadings of funk, world beat players all fueled by nascent steam punk energy, this could easily be a fine companion to the recent Miles authorized bootleg of said period.... read more

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