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The Dominant 7 and the Jazz Arts Messengers

In its ten years of existence, the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts has seen some 600 teenagers participate in its programs, camps and workshops. Fourteen Channels, the organization's latest release, features two different groups — the Dominant 7 and the Jazz Arts Messengers — that comprise members of the school's alumni as well as current students who are also passionate about composing. Each of the disc's fourteen songs were written by a different student, which means that each one offers plenty of variety and a chance to showcase outstanding writing chops, from tunes rooted in bop, to sprawling, angular numbers, to straight-up funky cuts. Since each writer gets a chance to stretch out and solo on his or her tune, the disc also serves as a wonderful sampler of individual playing styles.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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