Michael J. West

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  • 8 years ago

    Erik Friedlander's finger-plucked cello sounds like a clumsy guitar—as simple and unglossed as a brown-bag lunch. On Broken Arm Trio, that folksiness becomes outright folk music, a cabinet of wonders built alongside the fierce jazz rhythm se...

  • 8 years ago

    The pairing of neoclassical-jazz maestro Wynton Marsalis with outlaw-country kingpin Willie Nelson is only confusing on the surface. The conceit behind Two Men With the Blues is that they have much more in common than just that, demonstrated via a...

  • 9 years ago

    Bennie Maupin made his name in Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock's fusion bands, then progressed into avant-funk; on Early Reflections, the flute/saxophone/clar-inet player splits that continuum wide open. Recorded in Warsaw with a Polish quartet, it...


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