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Marcos Varela

REVIEW: Marcos Varela, 'San Ygnacio,' Origin Records >>

Marcos Varela, on 'San Ygnacio' (Origin), bridges the generation gap by having such revered musicians as George Cables, Billy Hart and Clifton Anderson playing beside Varela's contempories. Add Arnold Lee on alto (Spike Lee's brother) and you've got one deeeeeep 11-track trip with plenty of meandering routes and explosive solos.

The Florian Hoefner Group

REVIEW: Florian Hoefner Group, 'Luminosity,' Origin Records >>

Luminosity is when acrylic colors retain their freshness. 'Luminosity' by the Florian Hoefner Group on Origin Records does just that as well, for it is here that the German-born pianist Hoefner, on his third all-original quartet CD, puts the Masters Degree he earned at the Manhattan School of Music to good use.

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