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Styx Regeneration Vol 1
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
Though Styx has lost some of its original members, their body of work holds up over time. The current lineup, featuring original guitarists Tommy Shaw and James “J.Y.” Young, cut this EP covering some of their best-known hits,
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Rhett Frazier Inc Escape from Dee-Troyt
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
Straight out of the box, Frazier starts the party with “U Can’t Stop,” priming the dance floor around a memorable hook. He then throws down some deeply funky vocals over the Wurly-laced “Nuthin” and unleashes
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Bleeding Through Bleeding Through
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
Thanks in no small part to the tasteful contributions of keyboardist Marta, Bleeding Through’s latest album maintains a feverish level of symphonic metal grandeur, yet never spills over into self-parody. Bellowing vocals and
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Nikki amp Rich Everything
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
A little bit Outkast, Spearhead, Destiny’s Child, and classic Supremes, Nikki and Rich’s neo-oldies groove over strong, catchy beats and percussive, dance-hall piano. Nikki Leonti’s powerful lead vocals bring to mind Alicia
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Alex Brown Paquito DRivera Presents Alex Brown Pianist
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
This album is a veritable master class in the art of modern jazz piano. From the scintillating first track “Prologue,” which pits Brown against the nimble marimba of Warren Wolf, to the angular intro chording on “Elektric,”
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Norah Jones Featuring
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
Norah Jones has staked a genre-crossing claim across the musical pantheon since she hit the ground running in 2002. . . . Featuring, a decade-spanning compilation disc of some of her most storied duets, further showcases
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Danilo Perez Providencia
Nov 1 2010 1:00AM
Danilo Perez’s latest is a mutating collage that melds classical, Latin, and jazz sonorities across the 11 tracks. Standouts include the opener “Daniela’s Chronicles,” where Perez fearlessly merges ostinato bass lines,
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Ryan Star 1159
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
Many will remember Ryan Star from his renegade run on the 2006 CBS reality series Rock Star Supernova, where his alt-rock piano panache catapulted him to solo success. On his Matt Serletic-produced major-label debut, Star
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Soulive Rubber Soulive
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
Who funked up the Beatles? Soulive, that’s who! Just when you thought you’ve heard every imaginable Beatles tribute, Soulive serves up this booty-shaking, organ-grinding festival of funk. Right from “Drive My Car,”
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Fred Hersch Trio Whirl
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
With a silken piano touch and a seemingly limitless palate of improvisational interplay, Fred Hersch delights on his latest release. Featuring a melodious mixture of standards including a metrically-modulated romp through
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Josh Charles Love Work amp Money
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
When it comes to New Orleans piano, it’s no small feat to combine deep scholarship of the genre’s musical complexities and cultural roots with the pop sparkle that seduces the uninitiated. Once a student of Dr. John, Josh
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Stanton Moore Groove Alchemy
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
Speaking of New Orleans, Moore may be the funkiest drummer since Zigaboo Modeliste, and Robert Walter’s approach to the B-3 eschews playing lots of notes in favor of just the tastiest ones, on this top-to-bottom excellent
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The Bad Plus Never Stop
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
The band’s first all-original album is a detailed musical self-portrait. Painted with richly colored piano melodies and grooves, this album mixes funky drum pulses with clever bass lines, making for music that gets
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Chilly Gonzales Ivory Tower
Oct 1 2010 1:00AM
Known for his production work with Björk, Daft Punk, and Feist, Chilly Gonzales reminds us why he’s behind so many musical successes. He takes us on a poetic ride through his mind, which is that of a humorous and insightful
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Tim Alhoff Trio Prelude
Sep 1 2010 1:00AM
While on tour in Germany myself, I discovered Tim Allhoff. The winner of the 2010 New German Jazz Award, Allhoff stands firmly at the new dawn of modern jazz piano. Check out the track “Winzigwinzigklein” for an example of
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