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JD AllenQueen City ... CD
Savant, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really powerful solo album from JD Allen – maybe the first we've ever heard from the tenor saxophonist, and a set that's got a very different vibe than some of his recent outings with groups! Allen recorded the music during the height of lockdown in 2020, at a time when he'd had to step back from performing live and collaborating with others – a moment he used to get back to basics on his instrument, and begin to re-explore all the things that first made being a saxophonist so important to him. There's definitely a sense of isolation and melancholy here – as you might expect – but there's also a feeling of hope and new inspiration, a quiet message from a dark time that's great to have on record. Titles include "Nyla's Sky", "Maude", "OTR", "Vernetta", "Queen City", "Gem & Eye", "Kristian With A K", and "Wildwood Flower". CD

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Pat BianchiSomething To Say – The Music Of Stevie Wonder ... CD
Savant, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really sweet take on the music of Stevie Wonder – one that takes the tunes in all sorts of directions we didn't expect! Part of the vibe is in line with the organ work of Pat Bianchi – more of a 60s soul jazz mode, of the sort that was big in the years before Stevie penned most of these classics – but the guitar work of Paul Bollenback in the group also makes for a bit of a change too – a style that's sometimes fuller and fuzzier than you'd hear in a more traditional organ trio, at a level that changes up the vibe in a really fresh way. Byron Landham is on drums, Wayne Escoffery plays tenor on two cuts, and titles include "If It's Magic", "Go Home", "Superstition", "Moon Blue", "Isn't She Lovely", "Ribbon In The Sky", and "Until You Come Back To Me". CD

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Papa John DefrancescoJumpin' ... CD
Savant, 2003. Used ... $3.99
"Papa" John DeFrancesco on organ, Johnny DeFrancesco on guitar, Jacques Johnson on tenor saxophone, Marlon Simon on percussion, and Glenn Ferracone on drums and percussion. CD

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Mike LeDonneIt's All Your Fault ... CD
Savant, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
One of the coolest, grooviest settings for the Hammond of Mike LeDonne that we've heard in years – a set that mostly features him working with a larger ensemble, at a level that brings back some of the great 60s sessions from Jimmy Smith and Oliver Nelson! Yet given Mike's touch on the keys, and the more contemporary mode of the groove, there's a nicely different vibe here – not just retro jazz organ with big band, but a new chapter in the book – balanced here with work from LeDonne's Groover Quartet – which features work from Eric Alexander on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums. All three of those players are also in the larger group – and if you're keeping track, the set features five big band numbers, and three quartet tunes. Titles include "Matador", "It's All Your Fault", "Bags & Brown", "Blues For Jed", "Rock With You", and "Party Time". CD

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Carolyn LeonhartNew 8th Day ... CD
Savant, 2004. Used ... $9.99
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Ray MantillaRebirth ... CD
Savant, 2020. Used ... $12.99
Ray Mantilla is reborn, after a health crisis almost took him down – but to us, he's also returning to his roots – that rock-solid approach to Latin jazz that's made us love his records so much over the decades! And like the best of those sets, there's a mixture of complex ideas and organic execution going on here – sounds that really push past the obvious, and showcase Ray's sublime understanding of color and tone as much as rhythm – but which feel almost effortless in the hands of Mantilla and his group! Players include Ivan Renta on soprano and tenor, Jorge Castro on bartione and flute, Guido Gonzalez on trumpet, Mike Freeman on vibes, and Edy Martinez on piano and Fender Rhodes – all shimmering nicely on tunes that include "Mia", "Philly Mambo", "Cumbia Jazz Fusion Experimental", "Rebirth Bata Rumba Experimental", "Martinez", "Yuyo", and "Preciosa". CD
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Jim SnideroInterface ... CD
Savant, 2011. Used ... $7.99
Features Jim Snidero on alto, Paul Bollenback on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, and McClenty Hunter on drums CD
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Jim SnideroMD66 ... CD
Savant, 2016. Used ... $9.99
Fantastic work from reedman Jim Snidero – wrapped up tight here in the frontline with trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, a pair who come off with a hell of a lot of focus and power right from the very first note! Sipiagin's horn provides this farther reach for Snidero's ideas – really pushing his alto strongly as the pair weave wonderful lines at the start of the tune, then break off into their solos – driven by excellent work from bandmates Andy Laverne on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums. The album's got a fresh, bold sense of power that reminds us that jazz, once again, is all about bringing the right folks together in the right way! Titles include "MD66", "Recursion", "Free Beauty", "Who We've Known", "Blue In Green", "Unified", and "Purge". CD
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Jim SnideroStrings ... CD
Milestone/Savant, 2003. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really fantastic record from reedman Jim Snidero – one that hints at its sound with the "strings" in the title – even though that's just a really tiny part of the overall picture! There's lots more going on here than just a saxophonist with strings – this isn't a laidback ballad session, with Jim blowing familiar tunes in a late nite mode – and instead, his work on alto (and a bit of flute) is very firmly ingrained in the larger charts on the set – strings handled by Laura Seaton, but set to tunes that are almost all originals by Jim himself – and given this great core energy from a quartet that includes Renee Rosnes on piano, Paul Gill on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums. Titles include "Slipping Away", "Theme For Ernie", "Forever Gone", "Ventura", and the three-part "River Suite". CD

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Jim Snidero & Jeremy PeltJubilation – Celebrating Cannonball Adderley ... CD
Savant, 2018. Used ... $11.99
A tribute to the greatness of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet of the early 60s – and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and altoist Jim Snidero take things back to the style of Cannon and brother Nat! Yet the sound here is also nicely different – older tunes, handled in a soul jazz mode, but also swung with a bit more of a contemporary vibe – one that comes from the bright, bold piano lines of David Hazeltine, given a nice rhythmic kick from Nat Reeves on bass and Billy Drummond on drums! Pelt and Snidero are also very much their own men too – not slavishly recreating the phrasing of the Adderley brothers, but instead shaping things with a very different spirit – especially Pelt, whose sense of sparkle is always appreciated. Titles include "Del Sasser", "Wabash", "Sack O Woe", "Ball's 90th", "Work Song", "Party Time", and "Saudade". CD
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Melvin SparksThis Is It ... CD
Savant, 2005. Used ... $4.99
Melvin Sparks on guitar, Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet, Cochemea Gastelum on saxophone, Jerry Z on hammond organ, and Justin Tomsovic on drums. CD

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✨✧ Louis HayesCrisis ... CD
Savant, 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great Louis Hayes has been giving us incredible records for decades – and this recent set still has the drummer very much at the top of his game – working with a soulful conception that few folks can match, and really getting the best out of the wonderful group he's got on the set! The lineup is fantastic – Steve Nelson on vibes, Abraham Burton on tenor, David Hazeltine on piano, and Dezron Douglas on bass – all artists we love in other settings, but who seem to sparkle even more strongly here under the guidance of Hayes! Camille Thurman sings on two cuts – "Where Are You" and "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" – but the real strength of the album comes from the many instrumental tracks, on titles that include "Crisis", "Arab Arab", "Desert Moonlight", "Creeping Crud", "Roses Poses", and "Oxygen". CD

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✨✧ Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy BandMaximum Firepower ... CD
Savant, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Vincent Herring on alto and Jeremy Pelt on trumpet. CD
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✨✧ Jerry BergonziThree For All ... CD
Savant, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautifully-blown work from reedman Jerry Bergonzi – a trio date, as hinted by the title – and one that gives Jerry plenty of room to stretch out in well-crafted lines on tenor and soprano sax! The set features bass from Dave Santoro and drums from Andrea Michelutti – both players who really hit the open-ended vibe that Bergonzi's going for, which is somewhere in the territory of Sonny Rollins trio work from the late 50s and early 60s. Most tracks are longish, and are exactly the kind of material to win us over to Bergonzi's talents all over again! Titles include "Crop Circles", "Obama", "End Of The Mayan Calender", "Fidh", "Tectonic Plates", and "Horus". CD

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✨✧ JD AllenToys/Die Dreaming ... CD
Savant, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Boldly brilliant work from tenor saxophonist JD Allen – a player who's always been great, but who seems to be hitting a whole new side of his powers in recent years! The set continues a trio format explored by Allen on a previous date – and like that one, it's got a wonderfully unfettered feel – just the bass of Ian Kenselaar and drums of Nic Cacioppo setting the stage, while JD soars out in these long, soulful solos – filled with energy and power that we might not have imagined a decade ago, making some of his strongest statements as a leader to date! The set includes a fair bit of original titles, but these are just more like sketches for the open energy of the tenor – on titles that include "Die Dreaming", "Red Label", "Toys", "Elegua", and "You're My Thrill". CD

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✨✧ Jim SnideroLive At The Deer Head Inn ... CD
Savant, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero has a hell of a rhythm section on this recent live date – Orrin Evans on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a trio who really set things on fire, right from the very first note! It's great to hear the three players working together with each other here – as they all seem to bring out different qualities than you might hear otherwise – especially Evans and Farnsworth, who seem really moved by the presence of the always rock-solid Washington! Snidero's great too – crafting these sharp lines on alto that link back to an older hardbop mode, but also have plenty of his own personality too – often the fullness and fluidity you might expect to normally hear from a tenor. Tracks include "Idle Moments", "My Old Flame", "Yesterdays", "Now's The Time", "Autumn Leaves", and "Bye Bye Blackbird". CD

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✨✧ Jerry BergonziTenor Of The Times ... CD
Savant, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Jerry Bergonzi on tenor, Ranto Chicco on piano, Dave Santoro on bass, and Andrea Michelutti on drums. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Irene ReidMovin' Out ... CD
Savant, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins & Leo AbrahamsSmall Craft On A Milk Sea ... CD
Warp, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant set of ambient atmosphere and heavier instrumental moodcraft from Brian Eno on Warp Records – excellent new material from a true innovator – with deft accompaniment from Leo Abrahams on some really unique, textural guitar and Jon Hopkins on piano, keys and electronics. As a producer & collaborator to superstars, Eno seems to be called in to provide sweeping, yet atypical walls of sound to more conventional pop/rock songwriting, but his own all too few records are as unencumbered by convention as ever. The sounds range from spare and open, to more of a thumping intensity. Of course production quality is truly impeccable, as you should expect from a sound savant of Eno's caliber. Titles include "Emerald And Lime", "Complex Heaven", "Flint", "Horse", "Bone Jump", "Dust Shuffle", "Written, Forgotten", "Late Anthropocene", "Calcium Needles", "2 Forms Of Anger", "Paleosonic" and more. Titles include "Emerald And Lime", "Complex Heaven", "Flint", "Horse", "Bone Jump", "Dust Shuffle", "Written, Forgotten", "Late Anthropocene", "Calcium Needles", "2 Forms Of Anger", "Paleosonic" and more. CD

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