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Mike Moreno - Studio Session

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If you checked out the list of my Top 10 favorite albums of 2007, you remember that Mike Moreno was among them. For those of you who are not familiar, here's your chance to check out this fabulous guitarist. The synergy and fire that this band brings is reminiscent and fresh at the same time, as is Moreno's brilliant playing. Saxophonist John Ellis' tone is one of the sweetest I've ever heard, and Moreno's tunes are classics in the making. Don't be surprised if you see them popping up in various musician's repertoires in the near future. Kendrick Scott's lyricism and dynamics on the drums are awe-inspiring, as usual.

Hear the studio session with WBGO's Josh Jackson. And if you dig it as much as I do, be sure to grab his World Culture Music release, Between the Lines. Let me know what you think!

My Favorite Albums of 2007

2007 is ending, and though this year was pretty dry in my humble opinion, it was a GREAT year for music. Here are my favorite albums of 2007. I hope you'll check some of them out. And maybe some of these are your favorites, too!

Terence Blanchard - A Tale of God's Will: A Requiem for Katrina (Blue Note)

Jose Gonzalez - In Our Nature (Peacefrog)

Radiohead - In Rainbows (Radiohead)

Robert Glasper - In My Element (Blue Note)

Kendrick Scott Oracle - The Source (World Culture Music)

Charles Mingus Sextet w/ Eric Dolphy - Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)

Common - Finding Forever (Geffen)

Mike Moreno - Between the Lines (World Culture Music)

Many of the people on my list are fantastic, young jazz musicians who are blazing the trails of this music. I can't wait to see what's in store for 2008 from some of my favorite artists!

Angelika Beener