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Pandora pays off with Mozart
Mozart: Three Quintets
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I'm hearing this amazing piece over my Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart channel on Pandora. It's a small string group, kind of like a quartet, but not quite. The music is transporting, ethereal yet easy, relaxed yet gripping. I checked the screen and found that I was being transported by Mozart's String Quintet in g minor K. 516, a piece I don't recall ever having heard before. Since I didn't know when Pandora's rotation might bring it up again, I decided to find it on CD and make it my own permanently. I was smart enough to take note of the cover illustration showing a portrait of an 18th century lady.


Mozart Quintets


Come Sunday
Vocal Jazz Meets Gospel
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Hang in for a slight digression. I promise a proper discussion of Crosscurrents after just a couple of short paragraphs of reminiscence.

Kenny Werner Live
Balloons: Four by Five at the Blue Note
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I can pretty much sum up Kenny Werner's Balloons by quoting the last two words of Bill Milkowski's liner notes:  "inspired evening."

Dr. Lonnie Smith: today's incredible jazz organist
Spiral
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Dr. Lonnie Smith is the most inspiring, exciting, and informative organist working in the jazz idiom today.  That's not just my opinion.  It's shared by the general membership of the Jazz Journalists Association who have identified Dr. Smith as Jazz Organist of the Year five times in the past 10 years.

Claire Martin: Boyfriends and more
Old Boyfriends
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Meet Claire Martin, the classiest, hippest, most exhilarating British import since the Morgan Plus 4.  Martin's swinging, idiomatically classic vocalizing earned her a Best Rising Star commendation in last year's British Jazz Awards.  In terms of public recognition, the award may be appropriate.  In terms of artistry, Martin's star is not ascendant but solidly positioned in the upper reaches of the jazz firmament.

UFO:  A Bit of Taboo For Me and You
No Sound Is Too Taboo
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United Future Organization is a jazz-dance-dj-Afro-salsa-samba collective that formed on the Tokyo club scene a few years ago. No Sound Is Too Taboo is the group's second North American release. It's a powerful work that may break UFO through to solid acceptance here. The group apparently already enjoys considerable renown not only in Japan but also in the UK and Europe.

Pharoah Sanders: Love for Coltrane
Crescent With Love
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Crescent With Love is Pharoah Sanders's tribute to John Coltrane. Happily, Sanders chooses to focus his attention on tunes that Coltrane recorded in the years preceding Coltrane's direct association with Sanders. We get "Lonnie's Lament," "Crescent," and "After the Rain," rather than "Kulu Se Mama," "Ascension," and "Om." This is a remembrance of the sounds of classic rather than cosmic Coltrane. And what wonderfully evocative sounds they are!

Winning the Battle
The Offering
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Drummer Bobby Battle's first date as leader is a winner on all counts. The Offering delivers superb music, superlative sonics, and superior production.

 
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