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Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski augments his crisply articulate piano trio – featuring bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz and drummer Michal Miskiewicz – with the addition of great American saxophonist Joe ...
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In the chordless trio tradition of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins on A Night at The Village Vanguard (1957) and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz with his Motion (1961), alto ...
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An easygoing, straightahead venture, Another Place is a fitting title for Karen Sharp’s latest effort. The U.K. saxophonist, a member of the Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra, has pared ...
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Initially from St. Thomas but now based in Toronto, Canada, saxophonist, composer and educator Sophia Smith has formed her own modern jazz ensemble, The Sophia Smith Quartet, showcasing ...
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French soprano saxophonist Stephane Spira and Italian-born pianist Giovanni Mirabassi recorded their first album together back in 2009. Improkofiev is the pair’s first collaboration since then. After a ...
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The British-born bass player Dave Holland’s recent own-name albums include free improv with a starry transatlantic band and tough contemporary quartet jazz featuring sax and guitar. At this ...
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In September 1966, organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery got together at Rudy Van Gelder’s famed studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Over the course of three ...
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While sheltering at home with his family in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, pianist and composer Brad Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; ...
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The title of this CD, Inside out, is an homage to the Dutch jazz pianist Rob Madna (1931-2003). I also would like to show gratitude to a generation of ...
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The current iteration of the Denny Zeitlin Trio was born for a large stage but finds itself at home in all settings. The ever-evolving Trio finds a special ...
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Produced by Dodicilune, distributed in Italy and abroad by Ird and in the best online stores by Believe Digital, L’equilibrista, the new recording project by Pierluigi Balducci. In ...
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Guitarist John Scofield celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow in an outgoing and spirited recording, made in a day in New York in March ...
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The combination of concept, effort and the right collaborators typically leads to good things no matter what the goal might be. These elements are especially integral to cohesion ...
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The first thing we hear from Esperanza Spalding in this set, recorded at the Village Vanguard in 2018, is an appreciative grunt during Fred Hersch’s oblique introduction to ...
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“One of the greatest musicians in jazz” (NY Times), Havana-born piano genius Gonzalo Rubalcaba returns with music from his new album, Viento y Tiempo, recorded in collaboration with ...
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It may be somewhat ironic, yet ultimately fitting that this, the final recording by Larry Willis, brought the veteran pianist/composer right back to the Rudy Van Gelder Studio where ...
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With the jazz landscape so heavily populated with piano trios, one priority for proponents might have to with finding ways to differentiate their outfits from others. That doesn’t ...
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Jackie, Amy, and Sherrie are the closest of friends and kindred musical spirits. They recognize their musical selves in each other, and that amazing and powerful force opens ...
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Further honing a singular cosmic musical language, Matthew Shipp begins celebrating his landmark 60th year with this new solo piano recording. The Piano Equation is also the inaugural ...
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As young as talented, the guitarist Adrien Moignard leads his trio through the diversity of the jazz repertoire, surfing effortlessly from Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery. With Mathieu ...
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Many can surely recall the sunny, childlike fervor and bounce chasing a butterfly. Whether it was the park behind the projects or a rolling, rural vista, a feeling ...
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Long time musical associates Walter Smith III and Matthew Stevens perform in a multiplicity of projects at the vanguard of the international jazz & improvised music scene, touring ...
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The fact that drummers are no longer perceived as unimportant band members is likely to have become common knowledge at the latest in the 21st century. In the ...
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Brooklyn based trumpeter Kenny Warren’s wide-ranging, adventurous musicality has led him on diverse explorations across the musical landscape, from jazz to Americana and from folk to free. His ...
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Gowanus Session II was seven years in the planning. Thollem, Nels Cline, and William Parker convened at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn on January 3rd, 2012 and recorded ...
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Following on the success of 2009’s “Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio – Reflections”, the new album cements Kurt Rosenwinkel’s standing as a living jazz master; a torch bearer for ...
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Harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret and acclaimed pianist Romain Collin team up to paint an egalitarian vision of the American Dream, exploring the varied roots of American music alongside ...
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This tribute to Dizzy Gillespie’s 1964 tongue-in-cheek run for president is bristling with energy and the kind of joie de vivre that the trumpeter embodied. Along with a stellar crew, ...
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After nearly 20 years of performing and recording together under our individual names, we have renamed our trio “The Lost Melody.” This change from frontman to collective reflects ...
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Pianist and bandleader Orrin Evans (The Bad Plus, Tar Baby), has long used “The Village” to refer not only to his family-like cohort of fellow musicians in the ...
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All compositions written and arranged by Arturo O’Farrill. What does integrity do in the face of adversity / oppression? What does honesty do in the face of lies ...
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An all-star quintet whose members hardly need any introduction, the members of this unusual band have been major forces in jazz for some forty- five years. What sets ...
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Areappearance for the quartet that made the Foxes Fox album for the Emanem label in 1999 – which was a showcase for Evan Parker, one of Europe’s most ...
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No matter whose definition you use, jazz is essentially a music of innovation and personal expression. The best recordings of jazz – and of music that bears a ...
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When Falkner Evans’ quintet album The Point Of The Moon came out in 2011, it marked a significant departure for the New York-based veteran pianist and celebrated composer, ...
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There is music that seemingly possesses mystical qualities, transcending the temporal; qualities that musicians seek in order to reach higher planes in the subconscious and to communicate between ...
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Ivo Perelman and Matt Shipp have made several recordings together and seem to have found, in each other’s playing, approach to improvisation and delivery a musical dizygotic twin. ...
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Scottish trumpeter Malcolm Strachan is a founder member of top UK funk/jazz-funk band The Haggis Horns as well as being one of the busiest session musicians in the ...
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Ahmad Jamal is a modern jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in 1930, who has been active in the genre for 70 years. A Pittsburgh native, he ...
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Stefano Bollani’s solo album ‘Piano Variations on Jesus Christ Superstar’ will be released on 3rd April 2020, 50 years after Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s original concept ...
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Daniel Toledo is a bass player and composer from Ecuador for whom Poland has become the second home. The credit goes to Pianohooligan, i.e. Piotr Orzechowski, with whom ...
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The debut performance of esteemed pianist/composer Mike Westbrook’s cult 70s jazz masterpiece ‘Citadel/Room 315’, recorded live in 1974. Featured soloists throughout the album are the iconic ECM recording ...
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The deluge of political divisiveness, horrific violence and hateful rhetoric that seem to have polluted our lives on a daily basis over the last few years have left ...
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Pianist/Composer Silvio Amato delivers a remarkable beautiful album titled, “Variations of Relevance” produced by Grammy Award Winner Jimmy Haslip. Featuring guest appearances by The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, trumpeter ...
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Trumpeter/composer Avishai Cohen gives another solid step toward innovation with the consistent group he formed six years ago, after moving back from the US to his native Israel. ...
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“Arthur Satyan – one of the most important and influential jazz musicians in the region. Coming in 1996 to open the biggest in the area ‘Casino du Liban’ ...
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Seiko is basically influenced those styles with her favorite MPB (Música Pops of Brazil) even if this is basically one of Jazz album. She played and arranged these ...
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Hear some new music that speaks clearly of human connection. Omer Avital’s Qantar, “Just Like the River Flows” Bassist and composer Omer Avital arrived in New York in ...
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Tower of Power – or TOP, as they’re known in some corners – has still got it goin’ on. After 52 years in the game, the legendary Oakland soul-funk ...
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The great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald made many kinds of wonderful records during her brilliant career, including charming duets with Louis Armstrong, classy collaborations with Duke Ellington and ...
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The “Brooklyn-Based jazz funk fusion collective” Snarky Puppy have developed an unwavering mass of fans young and old. As the 12-piece band poured onto the stage on Thursday night, this ...
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“It’s been meaningful to look back at all the Stepping Stones throughout my career” says Sheeran. This is his 9th and most intimate CD released. It features over ...
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With energy and passion Lluís pushes his musical imagination to the limit with a piano as the only accompanist. His music flows freely through his fast and dizzying ...
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In ten years, with more than 500 concerts outside of France, this trio has become the emblem of French jazz abroad. Rémi Panossian, founder of the group, was ...
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Chimes of Freedom, Lynne Arriales 15th album as a leader, was recorded in Belgium for release by Challenge Records International. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer ...
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The collaboration between Sergio Armaroli and the Salento label Dodicilune continues. Monday 2 March, in fact, distributed in Italy and abroad by Ird and in the best online ...
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In March 1961, Buddy Collette came to Italy to play at the 6th Sanremo Jazz Festival. His presence aroused much interest among Italian fans and promoters, and after ...
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A fount of harmonic ingenuity, melodic integrity, and rhythmic authority, Jerry Bergonzi has long been a standard-bearer of sorts for the jazz community. A prolific composer prone to ...
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Startling inventiveness, moment-to-moment creative sparks, and alchemical reactivity combine in always surprising ways throughout the work of cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke. It may come as something of ...
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Pat Metheny’s new album, From This Place, will be released on Nonesuch Records on February 21, 2020. The record features ten compositions by Metheny, who is joined by ...
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