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Standards and Ballads

This collection encompasses the trumpet virtuoso’s interpretations of jazz standards and ballads between the early ‘80s and late ‘90s. Selected from Marsalis’ vast back-catalogue, the album highlight…

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Holon: Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin

The most apt term, perhaps, for the music of Bärtsch’s quintet Ronin was offered by the pianist/composer himself: he described it as ‘Zen funk’. Bärtsch’s music possesses a combination of woven rhyth…

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A head full of rain and a heart full of puddles: Clinkerfield

Heroes of the Melbourne live music scene Clinkerfield have finally put together their first full-length studio album, and it’s been worth the wait. The album captures the rawness of the live shows, b…

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JACARAS 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia

You want dance music? Real dance music? This is it! Paul O'Dette celebrates the baroque guitar with Andrew Lawrence-King (of the famed Harp Consort), two additional guitarists and percussion that set…

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Of Milkmaids and Architects: Martha Tilston

This recent visitor (she was a standout at the Port Fairy Folk Festival) finally gets a local release for an album that is nearly 18 months old. She was immersed in the British folk scene thanks to h…

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Alas I Cannot Swim: Laura Marling

A friend who lives in London started telling me about Laura Marling a couple of months ago. I didn’t seek her out, until speaking to this friend recently, when she insisted I track it down. Knowing m…

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Devotion: Cheb i Sabbah

This Algerian born DJ and now long-time resident of San Francisco has made a series of albums featuring Indian classical music. This one really hits the spot, because unlike a lot of world-beat album…

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JS Bach - Die Kunst Der Fuge: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s solo debut recording for Deutsche Gramophon is also his first recording of the music of J.S. Bach. Aimard is best known for having specialised in interpreting a…

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January: Marcin Wasilewski Trio

‘In the entire history of Polish jazz we’ve never had a band like this one. They just keep getting better and better.’ After the trio’s last album won critical praise, these comments by mentor and em…

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In the Moment; Alisdair Fraser and Natalie Hass

This CD come out just before Christmas, but with the flood of great new music released over the month, I’ve just managed to give it a good listen. A couple of customers who really know their Scottish…

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