Bob Bernotas, WNTI's host of Just Jazz, makes the following four CD recommendations:
Andrea Brachfeld: Into the World: A Musical Offering (Shaneye): Flutist Andrea Brachfeld's musical odyssey is a tuneful journey into the world of Latin music. From cha cha cha to bossa nova, from danzón to samba to son, her original compositions - nine of the twelve tracks - and lively arrangements offer an inventive and imaginative take on these diverse genres. Master percussionist Wilson "Chembo" Corniel adds spice throughout.
Mike DiRubbo: Repercussion (Posi-tone): One of the freshest sounding CDs of the year, Mike DiRubbo's new (pianoless) quartet release is enlivened by the airy blend and thoughtful interplay of his alto saxophone and Steve Nelson's vibes. The teamwork of bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Tony Reedus is as good as it gets, and one more sad reminder - as if another were needed - of what a tragic loss it was when Tony died last November at the age of 49.
Mel Martin: Where the Warm Winds Blow (Jazzed Media): This new release by multi-reedplayer Mel Martin is a sonic delight. At times, his tenor saxophone and flute take center stage. At other times he blends the unique "voices" of his six reed instruments - in various combinations - into ingenious multitracked ensembles, creating rich sound-palettes for the works of Benny Carter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and George Russell, and three Martin originals
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