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When songwriter Jon Regen was married last year, his wedding song was a tune co-written by Chaka Khan and Bruce Hornsby. That’s a useful way to think about Regen’s own sound: equal parts gliding melody and bar-room blues; soul and swing. Regen’s new record Stop Time gets an extra shot of grit, featuring members of Elvis Costello’s band the Imposters.

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"Throughout it all, Regen is the star: possessing a sly wit and nimble touch, he slides into lyrical solos without losing sight of his songs, a skill that gives this album a rich, lasting resonance."

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"A pianist who started out in jazz, Jon Regen has gone on to establish himself as a master of smart, sturdily melodic pop with some rootsy shades - a cross between, say, Billy Joel and Randy Newman. Stop Time shows the onetime protégé of pianist Kenny Barron taking another major leap forward."

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"Simple tunes and inventive lyrics, sung in a smoky, unpolished baritone, over blocky, mid-tempo piano chords will likely lead to a few Randy Newman comparisions — and that's not a bad thing... He's a steady presence in a shifting, adult-contemporary world."

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"His sturdy songs, pleasing tenor and seven-foot grand are a captivating combination... these songs are made for the repeat button."

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