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First Listen: Steve Gadd - 70 Strong

Steve Gadd has pretty much seen and done it all. Recognized as one of the most influential drummers of the modern era, spanning numerous musical genres, from Steely Dan’s Aja, to the unmistakable opening of  Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and my favorite Chick Coreas Three Quartets. He is one of the most recorded drummers of all-time.

First Listen: Kyle Eastwood - Timepieces

Kyle Eastwood's new recording is called Timepieces. The bassist made his first record at 17 years old, and during his musical growth he also composed and arranged for Clint’s (his Dad) movies including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Letters from Iwo Jima.

First Listen: Russell Malone - Love Looks Good on You

On the international scene since the 80’s Russell Malone has been at the forefront of jazz guitar.

First Listen: Gray Matter - Footsteps

Toronto’s Gray Matter is co-lead by brothers Derek Gray on drums and  Justin Gray on bass. The band brings a bag-full of influences to their music from funk, to exploratory jazz and contains soaring vocals courtesy of Jill Harris.

First Listen: Kevin Eubanks/Stanley Jordan - Duets

These are two high-profile guitarists. We know Kevin from 15 years of fronting the Tonight Show band and Stanley who burst onto the scene in 1985 when he was signed to Blue Note.

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