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Ledisi takes on the challenge of singing the music of Nina Simone and making it her own.

(Photo: Ron T. Young)

Ledisi: Lifted by Nina

Thirteen might be an unfortunate number for some, but for multihyphenate vocalist Ledisi, it proved to be verifiably lucky. In March, she won her first Grammy for Best Traditional…


Orrin Evans: Go For It!

Jazz Education’s Uneasy Return


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Keith Brown Trio

African Ripples
(Space Time Records)


Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
SalSwing!
(Self-Released)


Simon Moullier Trio
Countdown
(Fresh Sound)


Lauren Lee
Queen Of Cups
(ears&eyes Records)


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Lady Blackbird

Black Acid Soul
(BMG)

T.L. Barrett
I Shall Wear A Crown
(Numero Group)


Matthew Whitaker
Connections
(Reliance Music Alliance)

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Tomasz Stańko

(Photo: Andrzej Tyszko)

Tomasz Stańko: Soundtrack to Freedom

In 1993, four years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, Poland’s most prominent jazz musician, met three teenagers — drummer Michal Miskiewicz, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and pianist Marcin Wasilewski — who had recently launched the Simple Acoustic Trio. Having signed to ECM around this time, Stańko was working the international circuit with a quartet of European all-stars that included pianist Bobo Stenson, bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Tony Oxley. For local gigs, though, he was looking to hire less expensive,…






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