September 27, 2020
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For followers of Terje Rypdal’s 50 years of recording on ECM, listening to Conspiracy is like immersing oneself in a warm bath. Those who feared that on his ...
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“It was a rare moment – the evening of November 18, 2011. A moment of special intimacy. European fans of pianist Cecil Taylor got closer to him than ...
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Specific reasons led to piano-less quartet becoming a vehicle for the more explorative jazz practitioners of the 1950s and 1960s, namely, directness of group sound and the increased ...
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Master drummer Ralph Peterson continues to advance the continuum of his late mentor Art Blakey on Onward & Upward, his ambitious and expansive 25th release as a leader. ...
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The latest addition to Chick Corea’s remarkable discography is ‘Plays’, a captivating and intimate double album of solo performances. While he claims that, “Solo piano is lonely,” Chick ...
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Cafe Dynamite is the latest release from the Gypsy Dynamite project, led by London-based Italian guitarists Filippo Dall’Asta and Giulio Romano Malaisi. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2015 release Live ...
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Expanding Light is a compelling trio session where the ideas emerge and unfold with vehement passion. Drummer Whit Dickey, a longtime adherent of the creative downtown free jazz ...
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Tenor and sopranino saxophone composer and improviser Larry Ochs and Aram Shelton have joined forces to release a new collaborative offering, titled Continental Drift (Clean Feed). For this ...
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For ‘Django-shift’ Rez Abbasi chose seven of Django Reinhardt’s original pieces and two classic tunes that he was greatly associated with. The arrangements were soon created for a ...
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Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb, longtime band mates and highly acclaimed rhythm section team, have announced a new duo recording, Electric Blue. After nearly 50 years of playing music ...
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Scattered Diamonds is the 9th studio album from Latin Grammy-winning percussionist, composer, and award-winning writer Barrett Martin. This time around, Barrett has gone through his deep catalog and ...
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Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded ...
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With his sixth album, Gregory Porter delivers once more a perfect dose of jazz, soul, rhythm’n’blues, pop and gospel. In addition to being gifted with a voice of ...
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The music of Huddie Ledbetter, better known to the world as Lead Belly, is some of the initial sounds that introduced African American music to the world at ...
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The American guitarist’s vivid sound portraits have been nourished by the undercurrents of American life for more than three decades. They have now developed a naturally cinematic quality ...
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Nonesuch Records releases its fourth recording from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, The Call Within, on August 28, 2020. The album comprises ten original compositions and features Evan Marien on ...
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Music, like a spoken language, has dialects. Just as jazz from the East Coast is known for its hard-driving swing, and the West for its smooth production, the ...
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This album is stunning! I would even say bewildering and disconcerting, as much by the virtuosity of the playing as by the originality of the compositions, and the ...
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The music of Thelonious Monk has provided a rich fount of inspiration for generations of jazz musicians, its daunting wit and impish intricacies offering endless fodder for exploration ...
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Off the heels of 2018’s Grammy-nominated album, Heart of Brazil: The Music of Egberto Gismonti, comes jazz clarinet icon Eddie Daniels’ new project paying tribute to the world-renowned ...
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Walt Weiskopf and his European Quartet is a well-rehearsed combination. This cast has recorded now two albums together and so they know each other every well. You feel ...
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This album is part of the recordings I made on the occasion of the concerts of the 1st edition of the fonè Music Festival Piaggio 2019. The concerts ...
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It’s never been wise to bet against Eddie Henderson. Not that the trumpet great is a gambling man, despite what the jackpot ride and shades-masked poker face on ...
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The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)—reunite with the July 10, 2020 release of RoundAgain, the ...
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Makaya McCraven calls himself a beat scientist, so it’s no surprise when you ask about his childhood, you hear he was pretty much surrounded by rhythm. “Rehearsals at ...
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New York-based trumpeter, composer and educator Charles Tolliver presents Connect, his first studio album in 13 years. Recorded to tape at RAK Studios last November by Tony Platt ...
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The Conference Call 4tet has existed in different configurations for around two decades and currently consists of the German saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann, the American bass player Joe Fonda, ...
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Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura (The NatSat Duo) launch their project Pentas with this album, their 7th as a duo, with compositions from each musician ...
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What do you get when you pair two visionaries who happen to be kindred spirits? You get an ace in the hole! Multi Grammy award-winners trumpeter/flugelhornist Randy Brecker ...
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Drummer Jeff Cosgrove’s History Gets Ahead Of The Story is mesmerising on many levels. First of all, arguably a rarity in this day and age, the overall sound ...
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On the morning of Sept. 13, 1971, state troopers fired their weapons at prisoners in Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York who were protesting the jarring environs ...
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Precious few of us get to live until age 93, even fewer can look back at that point over 76-year career, and even fewer can see a lifelong ...
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Rejoice combines the talents of two legendary African musicians, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen (co-founder of Afrobeat and longtime member of alt-rock supergroup The Good The Bad & The ...
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“It’s about old-fashioned music, it’s certainly an anachronistic musical project. But on the other hand this was my idea, this was my desire, and surely this is the ...
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Henri Texier, double bass player, multi-instrumentalist traces his path, record after record since 1967. The more the years pass, the more the importance and the originality of Henri ...
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One of the most original voices in jazz, Lennie Tristano paved the way for modern generations with his groundbreaking innovations and dedication to teaching. Recordings of Lennie Tristano ...
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Artists are artists. They happen to work in colour, or with clay, or words, or musical sounds. But the key thing is that they are artists, first and ...
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Soul Food – Cooking with Maceo’ blends raw, old school funk with the flavours of the New Orleans school of music. Parker worked with Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie ...
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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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