Uri Caine Trio - Siren (2011) {Winter & Winter}

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Uri Caine Trio - Siren (2011) {Winter & Winter}

Uri Caine Trio - Siren (2011) {Winter & Winter}
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Genre: Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz

Pianist Uri Caine holds a unique distinction, known the world over as a stellar jazz pianist, but a critics' darling for his genre-blind reworkings of classical music. His takes on the work of Gustav Mahler, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Wagner have become modern classics which straddle several musical worlds, but Caine's is no one-trick pony. When he isn't busy turning classical music history on its head, his restless artistic curiosity has taken him to a variety of other realms. The pianist tipped his hat to Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, with album-length salutes to each, took a stroll down Tin Pan Alley (Winter & Winter, 1999), visited Brazilian music via Rio (Winter & Winter, 2001), explored the possibilities within the solo piano context on Solitaire (Winter & Winter, 2001), and tackled fusion in his own personal way with his Bedrock band.

Joe Beck - The Journey (1991) {DMP}

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Joe Beck - The Journey (1991) {DMP}

Joe Beck - The Journey (1991) {DMP}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop

At 45, Joe Beck bragged that The Journey contained "the best playing I've ever recorded." One tends to greet such lofty statements with a healthy amount of skepticism, but in this case, the artist had something to back it up. Even if The Journey isn't necessarily the best album Beck has ever recorded as a leader, it's certainly among his best. The guitarist's playing is confident and inspired throughout the post-bop/fusion album, and he definitely goes that extra mile on well-known standards like Bronislaw Kaper's "Invitation" and Benny Golson's "Killer Joe" as well as such Beck originals as the emotional "Quidado," the haunting "I Don't Know," and the intriguing title track.

Dave Valentin - Tropic Heat (1994) {GRP}

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Dave Valentin - Tropic Heat (1994) {GRP}

Dave Valentin - Tropic Heat (1994) {GRP}
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Genre: Latin Jazz, Fusion

Flutist Dave Valentin's 16th album for GRP is one of his best. His regular group (a quartet with pianist Bill O'Connell, bassist Lincoln Goines, and drummer Robbie Ameen) is augmented by two percussionists and an excellent seven-member horn section that consists of the reeds of Dick Oatts, Mario Rivera, and David Sanchez; trombonist Angel "Papo" Vasquez; and three trumpeters, including Charlie Sepulveda. All of the horns get their opportunities to solo and the result is a particularly strong Latin jazz session. Valentin continues to grow as a player and he cuts loose on several of these tracks.

Bob Mintzer Big Band - Gently (2002) {DMP}

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Bob Mintzer Big Band - Gently (2002) {DMP}

Bob Mintzer Big Band - Gently (2002) {DMP}
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Genre: Modern Big Band, Post-Bop

The Bob Mintzer Big Band has been a part-time affair for the past 18 years, but somehow the orchestra always manages to sound like a regularly working band. The premise behind Gently was to have the Mintzer Big Band playing at a lower volume, with lyrical arrangements by the leader, along with a greater use of muted brass and flutes. However the orchestra still romps in places and the tempos vary. The big band (which boasts impressive musicianship) features solos from Mintzer on tenor, trumpeters Scott Wendholt, and Michael Mossman, trombonist Michael Davis, pianist Phil Markowitz, altoist Pete Yellin and others, with drummer Peter Erskine driving the ensembles.

George Duke - I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975) {MPS}

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George Duke - I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975) {MPS}

George Duke - I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry (1975) {MPS}
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Genre: Fusion, Jazz Funk

The list of heavyweights who join George Duke on 1975's I Love the Blues: She Heard My Cry is impressive – some of the participants include Johnny "Guitar" Watson, singer Flora Purim, percussionist Airto Moreira, guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, and guitarist George Johnson (of Brothers Johnson fame). With such a cast, one would expect this 1975 LP to be outstanding, which it isn't. But it's a respectable effort that thrives on diversity.

Eliane Elias - I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) (2013) {Concord}

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Eliane Elias - I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) (2013) {Concord}

Eliane Elias - I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) (2013) {Concord}
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Genre: Vocal Jazz, Bossa Nova

Pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias pays tribute to legendary jazz trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker on her 2013 album I Thought About You. Featuring a selection of standards strongly associated with Baker, Elias mixes her native Brazilian bossa nova with swing, straight-ahead jazz, and even a few bluesy flourishes with much aplomb. Joining Elias are guitarists Steve Cardenas and Oscar Castro-Neves, bassist Marc Johnson, drummers Victor Lewis and Rafael Barata, and percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos. Also adding more than a few moments of deft and thoughtful improvisation is Elias' former husband, trumpeter Randy Brecker.

Virgil Donati - Just Add Water (1997) {Thunder Drum}

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Virgil Donati - Just Add Water (1997) {Thunder Drum}

Virgil Donati - Just Add Water (1997) {Thunder Drum}
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Genre: Fusion

One of the hottest fusion rock drummers strutting the planet these days is Virgil Donati. This release showcases his enormous talents. Amazingly enough, all the spectacular, percussive energy and sonic paintings on Just Add Water are spontaneous, unrehearsed jam sessions. I have seen video of Donati going absolutely genius-insane on drums with T.J. Helmerich and Brett Garsed. He held my rapt attention. I should admit I am not a drum-fanboy but Donati is heads and high hats above the rest of most fusion drummers.

Virgil Donati - In This Life (2013)

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Virgil Donati - In This Life (2013)

Virgil Donati - In This Life (2013)
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Genre: Fusion, Progressive Rock

Over a year in the making, drumming legend Virgil Donati's much anticipated solo record "In This Life" is destined to set the bar for explorations in rhythm. The album was produced, written and arranged by Donati, and mixed by Alex Argento. Virgil s drumming has arguably been at the leading edge for at least a decade, and as this record displays, his compositional and orchestration skills are also coming to the fore.

David Chesky - Psalms 4, 5 & 6 (2000) {Chesky Records}

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David Chesky - Psalms 4, 5 & 6 (2000) {Chesky Records}

David Chesky - Psalms 4, 5 & 6 (2000) {Chesky Records}
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Genre: Classical

Much in the same fashion as Three Psalms for String Orchestra, on this release, David Chesky takes the listener on a dramatic, orchestral journey. This time David focused on the tragic and dehumanizing effects of ethnic hatred that enables people to kill en masse, as seen in the Jewish Holocaust and others since. David creates a powerful and emotional message by taking the listener through three unique phases of human suffering: "Sorrow", "Aftermath", and "Rage and Despair" to ultimately show that holocausts will continue to occur until our innate ability to empathize with our fellow human beings is realized.

Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall+Inside Out (1988) [2CDs] {CBS 461008}

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Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall+Inside Out (1988) [2CDs] {CBS 461008}

Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall+Inside Out (1988) [2CDs] {CBS 461008}
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Genre: Funk, Soul

At the time Philip Bailey persuaded Phil Collins to produce his second solo album, Chinese Wall, Collins was among the hottest pop stars in the world. The advantage to that, of course, is the exposure it affords, and after the merely modest success of his debut solo album, Continuation, Bailey needed the reflected glory. On the other band, it's hard to shine yourself in such a glare, and although Bailey's name was on the gold-selling hit single "Easy Lover," a duet with Collins that helped the album take off, it's Collins' singing and drumming that one remembers. Elsewhere, tunes like "Photogenic Memory" and "Walking On The Chinese Wall" better represent Bailey's ability to handle a variety of material from ballads to techno dance tracks with his elastic falsetto. Still, Chinese Wall was a gold-selling standoff that made Bailey a solo hitmaker without really establishing him on his own.

David Chesky - The Fantasies For Solo Piano (1996) {Chesky Records}

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David Chesky - The Fantasies For Solo Piano (1996) {Chesky Records}

David Chesky - The Fantasies For Solo Piano (1996) {Chesky Records}
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Genre: Classical, Jazz

Composer-pianist David Chesky has written seven new pieces that draw their inspiration from the Fantasia form. The Fantasia has evolved from its Renaissance roots and has become a vehicle for a composer's freedom of expression, utilizing rhythm, harmony, and improvisatory skill. And David Chesky brilliantly succeeds, not only in remaining faithful to the original concept of Fantasia, but also in creating a new genre of music with these works.

Hans Ludemann Trio Ivoire - Touching Africa (2006) {RISM}

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Hans Ludemann Trio Ivoire - Touching Africa (2006) {RISM}

Hans Ludemann Trio Ivoire - Touching Africa (2006) {RISM}
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Genre: Ethnic Fusion, Modern Creative

The TRIO IVOIRE is unique in instrumentation and musical scope, melting personal roots of African, European and Jazz traditions and uniting African balafon with piano, drums and electronics to create a contemporary sound that is without comparison. This has little to do with traditional African music, but a lot with finding artistic expression in a globalized reality. On the search of transporting traditional African instruments into the modern world on one hand, looking for new ways of expression in piano and Jazz music on the other, two worlds are approaching each other that seem far apart.

L. Subramaniam & Stephane Grappelli - Conversations (1984) {ZYX}

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L. Subramaniam & Stephane Grappelli - Conversations (1984) {ZYX}

L. Subramaniam & Stephane Grappelli - Conversations (1984) {ZYX}
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Genre: Jazz, Ethnic Fusion

Although fellow violinist Stephane Grappelli is billed as co-leader, this is very much L. Subramaniam's date. All eight compositions (except for Grappelli's solo piano rendition of his "Tribute to Mani") are by Subramaniam, and the music (which utilizes electronics, modern rhythms, and the influence of Mani's Indian heritage) is quite unusual for a Grappelli session. Altoist Frank Morgan helps out on "Memories," and other sidemen include such notables as keyboardist Joe Sample and guitarist Jorge Strunz. The contrast between the two surprisingly complementary violinists is a strong reason to acquire this CD.

Larry Coryell & Michal Urbaniak - A Quiet Day In Spring (1985) {SteepleChase}

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Larry Coryell & Michal Urbaniak - A Quiet Day In Spring (1985) {SteepleChase}

Larry Coryell & Michal Urbaniak - A Quiet Day In Spring (1985) {SteepleChase}
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Genre: Fusion, Post-Bop

Although originally associated with fusion and then acoustic explorations, Larry Coryell has often shown that he can play practically any style. This little-known set finds him jamming with violinist Michal Urbaniak and bassist Jesper Lundgaard in a trio. Although the music is generally straight-ahead, all seven of the selections were composed by either Coryell or Urbaniak, and the music is never all that predictable.

Dave Valentin - Legends (1978) {(GRP 9519}

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Dave Valentin - Legends (1978) {(GRP 9519}

Dave Valentin - Legends (1978) {(GRP 9519}
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Genre: Latin Jazz, Fusion

Discovered by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, Valentin was the first artist signed to GRP and he has been a popular attraction ever since. Valentin has recorded over 15 albums, combining the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin and smooth jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz. In his second album - Legends the young flautist is already a major force on New York's jazz and Latin scenes. Legends represents his solid blend of youthful energy and creative experience.