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Gary Burton – Guided Tour

A popular phrase in years past was “Life Begins at 60,” but Gary Burton—as he has done so often throughout his career—is rewriting the book on retirement. Having turned 70 in January, an age when most artists begin to solely look back, Burton forges ahead with his new Mack Avenue Records album, Guided Tour, which solidifies the reputation of his next great band, The New Gary Burton Quartet.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant – I Didn’t Know What Time it Was

Cécile McLorin Salvant – I Didn’t Know What Time it Was

Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant recently turned 23 and is still mostly unknown to jazz audiences, though not for much longer.

Mack Avenue Records has signed singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Salvant, will release her debut album, Woman Child, next year.

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Kenny Garrett – Seeds From The Underground – on Mack Avenue Records

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.

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Christian McBride with Sting – Consider Me Gone [Mack Avenue Records]

Sting singing “Consider Me Gone” with Christian McBride. This performance will appear on the upcoming release “Conversations With Christian” on Mack Avenue Records.
“I think the duet is a logical extension of the nature of the bass itself,” McBride says. “It’s the root. Joe Zawinul once stated that the drums are the father of all music, and the bass is the mother. I had a hard time disagreeing. The bass has the rhythm and the pulse, and also the notes and harmonies. That would seem to make it the ideal instrument for any sort of duet.”

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Stanley Jordan – Friends [Mack Avenue Records]

On his latest Mack Avenue recording, Friends, Jordan takes the time-honored path of inviting a handpicked cadre of guests: guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Russell Malone and Charlie Hunter; violinist Regina Carter; saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Ronnie Laws; trumpeter Nicholas Payton; bassists Christian McBride and Charnett Moffett; and drummer Kenwood Dennard.

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Rick Braun – ‘Sings With Strings’ on Mack Avenue / Artistry Music

Rick Braun’s been playing trumpet since he was a kid. No news there for the legions of fans his richly melodic playing style has attracted since the release of his first album, Intimate Secrets in 1993. Less known is the fact that he’s been a singer, and a good one (backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet) for most of his life, as well.