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Nardis: A Critical Analysis of Covers

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
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"Nardis" is an oddity-- written by Miles Davis for Cannonball Adderley's Portrait of Cannonball album in 1958, where Blue Mitchell was on the trumpet, Davis himself never recorded the tune.

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Montara: A Critical Analysis of Covers

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
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Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s 1975 album Montara is named for the town in California where Hutcherson lives just south of San Francisco. That helps to explain the sunny, vibe-y feel of the whole album, and in particular of the title track.

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Jamie Smith - 'Kinesis' EP

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
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After recording electronically under the name Outerattik, Jamie Smith has released an EP of four solo piano improvisations, Kinetic. The album’s four improvisations range between three and a half and four and a half minutes, with Smith never losing the groove or the melodic intent. He has chops and there are plenty of ambitious runs in here, but the most impressive part of this album is how consistently musical, and musically interesting, the whole thing is. Smith claims Ethan Iverson, Esbjorn Svensson, Benny Green, Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett, and Neil Cowley as inspirations on the piano, and all of those musicians’ influence are present on this EP. Multiple listens to Kinesis have continued to yield rewards - this one is a keeper. Check it out after the jump and pick it up at Smith’s bandcamp site.

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Daniel Freedman's "All Brothers" and Robert Glasper's "G&B"

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
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This time around I'll look at a few different versions of some contemporary tunes, rather than older tunes. The first tune I'll look at is Daniel Freedman's "All Brothers," off of Freedman's excellent 2012 album Bamako by Bus.

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The Clayton Brothers Live at the Art of Cool Festival - April 26, 2014

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
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The Clayton Brothers played a set at Durham’s Carolina Theatre as part of the first annual Art of Cool Festival this past Saturday, April 26th. Bassist John and saxophone player Jeff Clayton are the eponymous brothers of the band; they’re joined in the band by John’s son, Gerald Clayton, on piano, Terell Stafford on trumpet, and Obed Calvaire on drums. This band is a powerhouse.