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audio button December 10, 2000

Tim Sparks
Plays beautiful guitar renditions of traditional Jewish music on two recent cds on Tzadik Records. Neshamah is a solo recording, while Tanz really shines with the help of bassist Greg Cohen and percussionist Cyro Baptista. Tim's website is at

Glen Velez
Phenomenal frame drum virtuoso has a new cd under the rubric "Drumming meditations for energy and inner balance" called Breathing Rhythms. It's on the Sounds True label.

Nacho Sotomayor
Dreamy techno from a Spanish mixmaster. Two cds are available on Milan Records: La Roca and La Roca Vol. 2.

Jim's Big Ego
This inventive group had a funny novelty number that was getting some airplay about this time last year -- Y2K Hooray! is still available through the band's website at, and now there's an equally fun new cd, Noplace Like Nowhere, also available via the website.

Wynton Marsalis Septet
For nearly a decade, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has been a fixture at the Jazz in Marciac festival in southwestern France. Now Marsalis has written and recorded The Marciac Suite to celebrate the town and its people. The cd is on Columbia Records, with information available on the Sony Music website.

New Century Saxophone Quartet
This group, which has enjoyed a couple of command performances at the White House, has some adventurous arrangements of seasonal tunes on A New Century Christmas on the Channel Classics Records.

John Fahey
Now available for the first time on a single cd, Fahey's classic The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album is combined with Christmas with John Fahey Volume II on this Takoma Records title, distributed by Fantasy Jazz. John Fahey's website is

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