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First Listen: Matthew Stevens - Woodwork

Matthew Stevens is a NYC based guitar player who has played with biggest names in jazz, Esperanza Spaulding, Terri-Lyne Carrington and  Christian Scott to name a few.

First Listen: Jacky Terrasson - Take That

The debut from the 48 year-old on the new, revamped Impulse label shows the pianists diversity. Modern post-bop, pop, hip-hop, European classical, and African rhythms and melodies all blend together. With a French father and American mother Jacky has made a career out of linking various musics and cultures and this CD is certainly in that same mode.

First Listen: Rez Abbasi - Intents And Purposes

Jazz-fusion without electric instruments? It sounds counter-intuitive, but that’s exactly what guitarist Rez Abbasi has done on his new recording.

First Listen: Julian Lage - World's Fair

Guitarist Julian Lage was born in Northern California and had a natural gift when it came to guitar playing. Sitting in with the like of Bela Fleck before he could read, he was touring in Gary Burton's band as a teenager.

First Listen: Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet

Kenny Wheeler would have been 85 years old this past Jan. 14th,  now just over a week later his last recording has been released. Kenny passed in September, a mere 4 plus months ago but left us with a beautiful new recording on ECM called Songs for Quintet.

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