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The New York Times calls trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers,” JazzTimes applauds him as a “daring improviser” and DownBeat celebrates his tone as “melodically captivating” and “rhythmically agile” that makes his music “immediately pleasing.” After three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint, Charles has garnered a welcomed response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. His latest album, Creole Soul—his most accomplished recording so far in his young career—is infused with Charles’ ebullient and intimate artistry.

John Davis, the prolific Floridian drummer, has been a New York staple of Afro-Cuban Jazz, and Swing style ensembles since his relocation to the big city. There’s no miraculous story here about how music saved him, nor does he come with witty antidotes about his jazz heroes. Davis is a man who is steadfast in his purpose to do what he does best, and does naturally, and that is playing the drums. What he does know for certain is that now, is the time, for the musician to shine.

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