Take 5

Start 2012 With Five Must-Hear Jazz Albums

Given the names involved, it stands to reason this is a hard-hitting session

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Corea Clarke & White, New Gary Burton Quartet, Eli Degibri, Conrad Herwig, Eddie Henderson

Five new jazz albums you need to hear

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George Cotsirilos Trio, Geri Allen, The Norbotten Big Band

Time Out Take Five is a seasonal jazz column by Doug Collette.

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Jason Moran & Bandwagon, Gwylim Simcock, Vijay Iyer

Jason Moran & Bandwagon/Ten (Blue Note): Pianist Jason Moran and his Bandwagon trio are busy from the very outset of this CD and that’s a reflection of the ambitious career upon which this release is ...

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Damian Erskine, Vijay Iyer Trio, David Ashkenazy

Damian Erskine/To Speak (Independent): Alternately rollicking and reflective, Damien Erskine and his band  sound much larger than just a quintet plus horns and percussion here.  Whether it’s guitarist  Chris Mosley stepping to the fore or ...

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Jeff Hamilton Trio, Gary Peacock & Marc Copland, Ben Goldberg, The Monterey Quartet, Vince Guaraldi

Doug Collette looks at releases from: Jeff Hamilton Trio,  Gary Peacock & Marc Copland, Ben Goldberg, The Monterey Quartet, Vince Guaraldi

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Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Mike Mainieri-Marnix Bussier Quartet

Christian McBride & Inside Straight,  Mike Mainieri-Marnix Bussier Quartet & more

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Dafnis Preito/Si o Si Quartet, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Chris Potter, Joshua Breakstone, Samuel Barber

The overall simplicity of approach within Si o Si may be the key: their ideas, whether structured or spontaneous, constitute the crystallization of their individual and collective experience within this group and without (each member ...

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Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Bernstein, Bill Evans

Five more shotgun jazz CD reviews by Glide contributor Doug Collette - this month he visits: Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Bernstein, Bill Evans.

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Portinho Trio, Hiromi, Scott Hamilton

Gonzalo Rubalcaba/Avatar (Blue Note) ***1/2: The Cuban pianist has ventured into a variety of stylistic realms both contemporary and traditional during the course of his career, but he sounds as if he has found his ...

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