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JazzNew ReleaseReviews

CD Releases: Summit Rock Sessions in Seneca Village, Jason Palmer Quartet & Burton/McPherson Trio

Undaunted by the COVID quarantines, legendary jazz photographer/producer/audio engineer/promoter Jimmy Katz found the pandemic’s impediments instead to be challenges that led to memorable solutions. Due to COVID’s terrors, the live jazz venues shut down, and jazz musicians encountered reduced or no performance opportunities. As the owner, along with his wife …

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CD Release: Fred Hersch, Breath By Breath

Personal responses to music assume numerous forms based on individual experiences or the spirit of the music. Celebratory music inspires dancing; spiritual music, prayer; blues, relief from pain; crooning, romance; dirges, grief; percussiveness, acoustic communication, sometimes coded; Muzak, manufactured calming relief from uncomfortable silence; rock, energy; free music, freedom; marches, …

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CD Release: Graham Dechter, Major Influence

Amid an abundance of first-rate young jazz guitarists, Graham Dechter’s third album, Major Influence, with its swinging irresistibility, provides another reason for his broader recognition. Influenced by a previous generation’s straight-ahead guitarists like Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Dechter’s performance on Major Influence projects not only …

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