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Mark Taylor was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1961. He started playing piano at age six, singing in the Chattanooga Boy’s Choir at seven and took up the clarinet at nine, later switching to bass clarinet, then fell in love with the French horn as a teenager. Intent on a career in orchestral and studio playing, Mark studied music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There, he was introduced to jazz and the music of Julius Watkins, Miles Davis' and Thelonious Monk's favorite French horn player. Mesmerized by the possibilities of improvising with the French horn, he transferred to the jazz and studio music program, studying with jazz education pioneer Jerry Coker and graduating in 1986. After graduate studies with Dave Holland and George Russell at New England Conservatory in Boston, more...

Jazz Blues Rhythms & Rock

Passion Flower

John Hicks

A piano giant of the New York jazz scene for 40 years, John could break your heart with a ballad, sweep you off your feet with an anthem, or boot you into boogeyin’ with one of his cookers. more..

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Early Morning Blues

Blue Rider Trio

“The fact that one of the best acoustic blues albums of the year comes from three white boys from Maryland might surprise you—that is, until you realize that it’s the return of the Blue Rider Trio. more...

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Ras Mek Peace

Midnight

I’d been searching three years for a reggae band to record. Then I heard Midnite, just in from St. Croix. Thirty seconds of their tight, crushingly powerful bass groove ended my search. more...

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Celtic Celtic Singer / Songwriter

Douglas Allanbrook

Douglas Allanbrook

The first time I heard these two stunning symphonies, I was dumbfounded. The emotion, profundity and harmonic richness I heard went way beyond familiar American contemporaries. more...

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Irelands Harvest

Ireland's Harvest

Rooted in tunes of the early 1900’s, the button accordion-fiddle-piano trio pays homage to the classic years of Irish music in America. A sound like no Celtic CD you’ve heard. more..

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Al Lee

Al Lee

Soundstage raves: “It only takes one listen to come to the inescapable conclusion that Al Lee is a guitar player and songwriter of extraordinary ability...I’ve rarely heard a guitar this well recorded...” more...

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Gospel / Spiritual Big Bands World Music

The Angels

The Angels

I cut my eyeteeth on this kind of gospel—the sweet, pure, close harmony of a Southern a capella choir. When I heard about South Carolina’s finest, the Angels, I took a chance and went all the way to Charleston to record them. more..

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Tony Williamson

Tony Williamson

A bluegrass-loving friend of mine hooked me up with this North Carolina mandolin legend. The moment the brothers leaned into the mike, I understood why they’ve been winning national awards for 40 years. more...

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Sangam

Alif Laila & Ustad Sattar Khan

Ravi Shankar plays the classical music of India with pristine technique — but I'm not swept away. With Alif Laila, I am. Her sitar-playing brings new emotion, drama, dynamics to these centuries-old ragas. more...

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Live  

Precious Energy

Gary Bartz & Leon Thomas

Leon, one of the warmest baritones in jazz, sang with everyone from Pharoah Sanders to Santana, replacing Joe Williams in the Count Basie Orchestra. My mikes caught him on a great night at Ethell’s in Baltimore with Gary Bartz. more..

 

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