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Review: Koko Jones – Who’s That Lady

Jazz percussionist and band leader Kojo Jones is an Englewood, New Jersey native. Additionally Ms. Jones is an African-American transgender woman, formerly known as ‘Bujo’ Kevin Jones. In a career spanning four decades, she...

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Review: Alicuanta

Alicuanta is a staged song cycle set to the texts of Mexican poet Francisco Serrano, co-composed by pianist David Ryshpan and vocalist Gitanjali Jain Serrano, Francisco’s niece. The subject of this work is the...

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Review: All India Permit

All India Permit is the new EP and the name of the jazz fusion trio. While on a Fulbright scholarship to study Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music in India in the spring of 2013,...

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Review: Dennis McCalmont – Forevermore

Irish singer/songwriter Dennis McCalmont sings songs of charity and faithfulness on his album, Forevermore. It’s about searching for a partner with the belief that your love will last “till death” (“Forevermore, “Lovers”), and even...

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Review: Sound & Shape – Bad Actors

Tennessee rock trio Sound & Shape have released their fourth studio disc, Bad Actors. These guys are keeping the groove thick and bring even more good hooks. It’s great that the vocals sit clearly...

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Review: Richard Spaven – Whole Other

Richard Spaven’s Whole Other* features mostly instrumental grooves that blend contemporary jazz and downtempo electronic. It doesn’t move into the hip-hop and acoustic jazz piano touches that were a part of his debut EP,...

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Review: Santiago Vazquez – Santiago Vazquez

Some years ago I discovered the music of Argentine multi-instrumentalist Santiago Vazquez while looking through the CD Baby store. I purchased Raamon and wrote a small review on the site, saying the music was...

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Review: Jeremy Mage & The Magi

Jeremy Mage & The Magi is an eclectic pop album that musically reminds me of some work from Dave Bianchi and Santiago Vazquez with a head nod towards Paul Simon. Mage himself toured worldwide...

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Review: LC – The Beginning

It’s always good to hear rap emcees find their voice and resist going after radio’s latest rap sound. LC hails from New York and bring a laid-back jazzy flow to his 6-song debut, The...

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Review: Mokhov-Future Hope/ Digits soundtrack

With a mix of sounds like Four Tet, Boards of Canada & Fila Brazilia, Las Vegas-based producer Oleg Mokhov continues to make uplifting electronic pop music. On his fourth recording full-length, Future Hope, Mokhov...

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Review: Georgia Anne Muldrow – Ms. One

Georgia Anne Muldrow brings a hip-hop EP that full of elastic funk and lyrical lucidity. This is the second album she’s created under the title Ms. One, but this time it’s all Georgia on...

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Review: Big Freedia – Just Be Free

After various mixtapes and his own reality show, Big Freedia (nee Freddie Ross) finally brings his debut album, Just Be Free. If this is your first taste of “bounce music”, get ready for catchy,...

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CD Review: Jarrod Lawson – Jarrod Lawson

Oregon-based musician Jarrod Lawson regularly performs with the band, Soulmates, and can also be found backing Liv Warfield. Now he can add to that releasing his self-titled debut to the world. Looking past the...

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Review: Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Yukimi Nagano mentioned that it was the slow jams of Janet Jackson that inspired the slow tempo moments on Nabuma Rubberband. The band also mentioned they’ve...

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Review: The Empireal Formula (self-titled)

Groove Loves Melody first connected with Nick Ruiz aka The Empireal Formula in 2011(interview). At that time, fellow San Antonio artist Ernest Gonzales (Exponential Records, Mexicans with Guns, Friends of Friends Music) had just...