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GoGo Penguin - 'A Humdrum Star'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz
Instagram: @caffeinatedjazz

If there was ever a time to immerse yourself in GoGo Penguin's music, it is now. Coming off of a string of popular and highly acclaimed albums as well as a recent New York Times piece that named them as one of the best acts at the 2017 SXSW conference, the Manchester Trio have outdone themselves on their latest release. In some ways, A Humdrum Star follows the same electronic music-influenced modern jazz formula that has worked for the band for their past couple of releases. This time around though, they aren't afraid to stray quite a bit further away from their more straightforward acoustic based jazz roots into territory untouched by the band on previous records.

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Onyx Collective - 'Lower East Suite Part One' and 'Lower East Suite Part Two'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz
Instagram: @caffeinatedjazz

I’m a sucker for albums that inhabit a very specific geographical location. Albums that, upon listening to, make you "feel" as if you are physically and emotionally there. Albums where the vibe of the music is inseparable from the connection to the city or neighborhood that the artist is inspired by or rooted in (e.g. Burial/South London, DJ Screw/East Houston, Kermit Ruffins/the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans). Unfortunately, in the social media age, where we have access to virtually visit nearly any location in the world, it is easy to lose sight of how effective music alone can be in achieving this goal. Onyx Collective is trying to change that.

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Ambrose Akinmusire - 'A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz

I'm writing this review 39,000 feet in the air, flying back home to Texas after spending the last week meandering through the streets of New York City. The more I see of NYC, so storied and important in the history of jazz, the more I see it as an entity and amalgam of influences rather than a city. NYC's importance in the development of the genre cannot be understated, and The Village Vanguard solidified its place in jazz history decades ago. The club has hosted thousands of principal players who have cut hundreds of extremely important albums within the club's claustrophobic walls.

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Adrian Ruiz Quintet Album Release Show, Jazz, Tx, San Antonio, Tx, May 23rd, 2017

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz

Dr. Adrian Ruiz is a busy man. Between serving as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, his freelance work as a jazz trumpeter, and his continued dedication to The Adrian Ruiz Quintet, finding time to put together an album of originals of this high caliber must not have been an easy task.

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Daniel Herskedal - 'The Roc'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz

For those unfamiliar with his work, Daniel Herskedal is a Norwegian jazz musician regarded as one of the most talented jazz tubaists on the scene today. I know what you are thinking: tuba as a lead instrument in jazz? Outside of larger jazz ensembles and the New Orleans Brass Band scene, it is of course fairly rare for the tuba to make an appearance in jazz, especially as a lead instrument. The tuba typically isn’t considered a versatile jazz quintet instrument, but in Herskedal’s hands, it is transformed into something beautiful; capable of creating romantic, delicate moments on ballads and intense, bold statements on more audacious tracks.