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Greetings’ my fellow jazz aficionados, May continues in week three with a mosaic of distinctive, and insinuating sounds, immaculate melodies, relentless rhythms with the opulent flavors embedded in jazz is here to quench our ongoing thirst for quality music.

On this weeks play-list, I’ve got a host of exquisite sounds including the incomparable Grover Washington Jr.’s – new project titled “Grover Live” produced by Jason Miles … also in the mix we have Motor City native and violinist Regina Carter’s fascinating debut on E1 Music titled “Reverse Thread.” The Grammy-nominated artist new record is our “Featured album of the Week”. Oh man, fusion enthusiast the time has come drummer Lenny White’s highly anticipated release “Anomaly” is due this Tuesday. Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin arrives with the lyrically satisfying “Generations” along with tenacious Tim Warfield on saxophone stirs up a delicious brew on “A Sentimental Journey” both records are available on Criss Cross Jazz.

The aforementioned artists/titles and more to be released this week at Amazon.com.

Featured Album of the Week

Regina Carter - Reverse Thread

Regina Carter | Reverse Thread – [E1 Music, 2010]

One of the most beloved artists of her generation, preeminent violinist Regina Carter has achieved another landmark in a creative history that has yielded both artistic and commercial triumphs. Her newest release, Reverse Thread, starts with exquisite traditional African music and infuses it with contemporary jazz and Afropop energy. The results are uplifting, stirring, and joyful. Regina’s Reverse Thread Band adds virtuoso Yacouba Sissoko on kora – the West African harp traditionally played by village storytellers–to her longstanding rhythm section.

Sissoko’s beautiful instrumental voicings were brought into the mix to help recreate the spirit of passing stories from generation to generation. The collaboration–unlike anything previously heard–is a haunting and beautiful compliment to Regina’s sumptuously seductive violin. Through her best-selling, Grammy-nominated albums, incessant touring and various guest appearances and collaborations, Regina has developed into a distinctly diverse musical personality. She has repeatedly toured throughout the world, and was the first jazz artist and African American to play Niccolo Paganini’s famed Guarneri “Cannon” violin.

She has been featured with several symphony orchestras and performed with pop artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, and Mary J. Blige. With Reverse Thread, Regina takes another giant step forward. In an era of cookie cutter jazz albums that do little to excite the imagination of music lovers, it’s a brilliant, colorful, and lively exploration whose seductive charms are infallible. —Amazon.com

New Music Releases

Below we have list of this weeks latest jazz releases, also while you’re here check out Amazon.com for and extended lists of imports, vinyl and re-issues.

-))- In Hi-Fi Stereo by Mindi Abair
-))- Grover Live by Grover Washington Jr.
-))- Reverse Thread by Regina Carter
-))- Anomaly by Lenny White
-))- Avalon by Lauren Kinhan
-))- 24 Tales by Alex Machacek featuring Marco Minnemann
-))- Air Raid by Air featuring Henry Threadgill
-))- Royal Toast by Claudia Quintet with Gary Versace
-))- Dictee: Liber Novus by John Zorn
-))- See The Pyramid by Walt Weiskopf
-))- Inversions by David Hazeltine
-))- Generations by Alex Sipiagin
-))- A Sentimental Journey by Tim Warfield
-))- Time Machine: Early Recordings 1981-83 by Paul Hardcastle
-))- East-West Trumpet Summit by Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott
-))- Precipice by Denny Zeitlin
-))- Visions by Paul Horn
-))- How Great Thou Art by Ricardo Scales
-))- Mr. Fathead by DavidFatheadNewman [Re-issue]
-))- Patterns by Jake Hertzog
-))- The Inside Songs Of Curtis MayfieldLive In Rome by William Parker
-))- Creative Orchestra – Bolzano 2007 by Anthony Braxton & Italian Instabile Orchestra
-))- Nuance by Lisa Hilton
-))- Earth Is A Cruel Master by Marc Wagnon
-))- Radio Silence by Neil Trio Cowley

..:: Source: Amazon.com ::..