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January list by Donalee Jacobs
Live From Ground Zero Blues Club
Live From Ground Zero Blues Clubdexter allen

Dexter Allen is an award-winning American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. In the classic tradition of Mississippi legend B.B. King, Allen exhibits a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato, all complimented by his smooth and powerful vocals. This recording captures his high voltage live performance at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Mith
Mithlonnie holley

Holley’s self-taught piano improvisations and stream-of-consciousness lyrical approach continue to gain purpose and power with this new release. Mith lives very much in our world — the one of concrete and tears, of dirt and blood, of injustice and hope. Across these songs, in an impressionistic poetry all his own, Holley reflects on the issues facing America in the modern era. The songs feature contributions from Laraaji, jazz duo Nelson Patton, saxophonist Sam Gendel and producer/musician Shahzad Ismaily

Shades
Shadesdoyle bramhall ii

A spellbinding blend of grungy blues, raucous garage rock, transcendent psychedelia, and soothing, soul-stirring ballads that sees Bramhall reaching new heights as a multi-instrumentalist

Origami Harvest
Origami Harvestambrose akinmusire

Acclaimed trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire breaks new ground with his fourth Blue Note album. The album pits contemporary classical wilding against deconstructed hip-hop, with bursts of left-field jazz, funk, spoken word, and soul with help from the Mivos Quartet and art-rap expatriate Kool A.D., along with pianist Sam Harris, drummer Marcus Gilmore, and saxophonist Walter Smith III.  (Explicit Content)

Facing Dragons
Facing Dragonschristian sands

Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. In the last few years he has toured around the world as a bandleader and recently appeared as a sideman on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. The album is Sands' return to the recording studio with an indestructible band and an unwavering allegiance to the groove. 

Flatbed Buggy
Flatbed Buggyrudy royston

Rudy Royston, first-call drummer with Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dave Douglas and a host of other jazz greats, has honed a thoroughly engaging voice as a composer and bandleader. Flatbed Buggy, his third album as a bandleader, is rich in tonal contrast and mood yet steeped in the supple, enduring swing and groove that has driven his writing and playing from the start. 

Harpbreaker
Harpbreakermark hummel

Grammy-nominated blues harp legend Mark Hummel unleashes an all-instrumental harmonica album, and it redefines the scope and beauty of what the instrument is capable of in the right hands. 

Kindred Spirits
Kindred SpiritsIvo perelman & rudi mahall

The first in the series of duo recordings by Ivo Perelman with bass clarinet specialists. The Brazilian-born saxophonist meets his match in the German bass clarinet wizard Rudi Mahall.