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Hi guys, as the title suggests “just in case you missed” these releases I’ve got a few more gems to drop on you this fab Friday. All three recordings are simply superb!

Sergio Mendes, Encanto

Sergio Mendes, Encanto

Sergio Mendes, Encanto

Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes spins his remarkable magic on his newest recording, Encanto (Enchantment), which is among the maestro’s most beautifully realized in his unparalleled career. The collection refines Sergio’s singular blend of infectious rhythms and irresistible melodies from the great Brazilian Songbook, with his always thoroughly modern arrangements and masterful production approach. The resulting collection is a bona fide Sergio Mendes classic– a kaleidoscopic album that underscores the maestro’s ear for addictive melodies, as well as his ability to cast incredibly talented singers and musicians from all over the world. – Amazon.com

Nicholas Payton, Into The Blue

Nicholas Payton, Into the Blue

Nicholas Payton, Into the Blue

Into the Blue” is the Nonesuch debut from Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Nicholas Payton and his first as bandleader since the 2003 Warner Bros CD, Sonic Trance. Though celebrated for his interpretations of the New Orleans jazz canon, especially for material associated with Louis Armstrong, Payton focuses here on original compositions that are soulful, pensive and romantic. He also gamely steps out as a vocalist, for the first time on disc, on an elegant, self-penned slow dance called Blue. Along with eight original tracks, Payton interprets film-scoring giant Jerry Goldsmith s title theme from Chinatown as well as Nida, composed by his father, the bassist Walter Payton. – Amazon.com

Hiromi Sonicbloom, Beyond Standard

Hiromi, Beyond Standard

Hiromi, Beyond Standard

Mentored by giants like Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Chick Corea, Hiromi’s roots are in jazz but her music explores a world of new ideas by blurring the boundaries of pop, rock, classical, avant-garde and other genres. Hiromi’s supergroup, Sonicbloom, has shattered the formula of making records written solely by the celebrated pianist/composer. Their latest outing, “Beyond Standard,” finds Tony Grey (bass), Martin Valihora (drums), and Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski (guitar and otherworldly sounds) helping Hiromi craft unique versions of familiar tunes such as Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” Rogers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” and even Jeff Beck’s “Led Boots.” – Amazon.com