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First Listen: Andreas Varady - Come Together

16 year old Slovakian guitarist Andreas Varady is living the jazz dream. Opening up for George Benson, playing last year’s Monterrey and this month’s Montreal Jazz Festival, on the cover of Guitar Player magazine at the age of 14 and now releasing a brand new EP in anticipation of his album debut for Verve Records. The EP is called Come Together and both Quincy Jones and David Foster are its Executive Producers in fact, Varady is a Quincy Jones artist.

First Listen: Melanie de Biasio - No Deal

Today’s First Listen is an acquired taste, and what a dark delicious inspired taste it is.  Melanie de Biasio has been wowing European audiences with her smoky smoldering sound.  She’s the kind of artist you stumble upon, hold to yourself as a secret for awhile and then share with everyone because you can’t contain it anymore.

First Listen: Stanton Moore - Conversations

Founding member of Galactic, drummer, composer Stanton Moore has just released his 6th album as a leader called Conversations.  This time we hear Moore heading back to his roots, his state of Louisiana, his joy of playing in an intimate club sharing a quieter conversation within a trio setting.  Not blasting out the funk or massive grooves on some of the biggest stages of the world.

First Listen: Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - Last Dance

ECM will release another duo album featuring Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden entitled Last Dance on June 17th. This time we hear a very low key intimate gathering of these two giants, recorded in Jarrett’s 18th century ‘cavelight’ farmhouse in New Jersey in the spring of 2007.

First Listen: Sonny Rollins - Road Shows Vol. 3

If you’re a longtime jazz or Sonny Rollins fan, you’re probably already aware of the Rollins Road Show Compilations of his live performances that he chooses himself.   For some live music junkies, there is nothing more satisfying than catching this legend ‘in the moment’ and with Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol. 3, this well earned reputation, based on a career that spans 65 years, lives on.

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