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Finally!   Not sure why it took one of the most in-demand hired guns in New York City to debut as a leader at 52 (he’s only been at it since 22) but trumpeter/flugelhorn man/composer John Bailey is In Rea...

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Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets     Somewhere between the Andrews Sisters of the 1940s and the Indigo Girls of the 1990s sits a Wisconsin trio whose self-released sophomore effort contains n...

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Another Great Dead Guy     e.s.t. live in London (Act) by The Esbjorn Svensson Trio is a great two-disc retrospective of Sweden’s biggest piano trio, active for 17 years. In 2006 alone, they pla...

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 Exotica     You’ve probably never heard of any of the artists on the three-CD boxed set called Technicolor Paradise:  Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights (The Numero Group) bu...

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Return Of The Delta Lady     Leon Russell wrote “Delta Lady” for his girlfriend Rita Coolidge, the beautiful Cherokee with the silky warm sensuous voice that captivated a generation. Coolidge, 7...

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Hoboken Plumber     For the past 30 years, Gene Turonis has been known around Hoboken as The Singing Plumber. He’d carry around his wrench by day and, as Gene D. Plumber, his guitar at night. ...

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Metal From The Dark Side   In the 1990s, Norwegian black metal pioneers Emperor stretched its genre perimeters in an effort to transcend its limited appeal. Vegard Sverre Tveitan, known as Ihsahn, almos...

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Dylan Jazz     Life Is Brief:  The Music Of Bob Dylan (Green Mind Records), by Indianapolis-based guitarist Charlie Ballantine, proves that The Bard’s melodies are good enough to stand wi...