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New & Recommended Jazz CDs by Bob Bernotas,
Host of WNTI's Just Jazz - January 5, 2009
New & Recommended Jazz CDs by Bob Bernotas, <br>Host of WNTI's <i>Just Jazz</i> - January 5, 2009 Lauren Sevian:
Blueprint (Inner Circle Music)
January's new CD recommendations: Gentle Storm, New York Trio Recordings Volume 3, Blueprint, High Noon

Bob Bernotas, WNTI's host of Just Jazz, makes the following four CD recommendations:

Don Braden: Gentle Storm (High Note): On this late 2008 release, tenor saxophonist Don Braden offers, as he always does, the best of modern mainstream jazz. Along with the usual mix of standards and originals Don adds a new twist, with his hip interpretations of the vintage pop hits "This Masquerade" and "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Marc Copland: New York Trio Recordings, Volume 3: Night Whispers (Pirouet): For this latest entry in his series of brilliant trio recordings, pianist-composer Marc Copland is joined by bassist Drew Gress and drummer Bill Stewart, who also contribute original compositions. A special treat are Marc's three solo takes of the Johnny Mandel movie theme, "Emily."

Lauren Sevian: Blueprint (Inner Circle Music): For the past few years Lauren Sevian has been a "rising star" on the New York jazz scene, particularly in her role as the baritone saxophonist in the Mingus Big Band. Lauren's debut CD, filled with original compositions performed by a stellar quartet, is further proof that she is becoming an important voice on her instrument.

Gary Smulyan: High Noon: The Jazz Soul of Frankie Laine (Reservoir Music): From the late 1940s well into the 1960s, Frankie Laine was one of America's most popular singing stars. Now baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and an all-star octet reveal the jazz side of Laine and his music through arranger Mark Masters' ingenious recastings of ten Laine favorites - including seven songs written or co-written by the singer himself.

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