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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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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 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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Along with some duo magic from Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch, and a ray of sunshine from Matt Wilson. Georgia Anne Muldrow (as Jyoti), “This Walk” The singer-songwriter, ...
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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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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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Jazz interview with jazz pianist and composer David Kikoski. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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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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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio, “I’ll Remember April” Hero Trio, the forthcoming album by alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, was named in acknowledgment of musical heroes like Charlie Parker and Sonny ...
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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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Jazz interview with jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Carole Nelson. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what ...
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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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Music of renewal, reassurance and reminiscence. Laurin Talese, “I Like You, You’re Nice” Blossom Dearie composed the music for “I Like You, You’re Nice,” a song that first appeared on ...
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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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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “Quarantine Blues” Last Friday, Jazz at Lincoln Center dropped a welcome surprise: “Quarantine Blues,” a swinging tune for our socially ...
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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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Like any artist releasing new music right now, Nir Felder has had to make some adjustments. Felder is a guitarist whose acuity and versatility have made him indispensable ...
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Jazz interview with jazz guitarist Marcus Halver and saxophonist Oliver Wendt. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and ...
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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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Jazz interview with jazz saxophonist Bernd Suchland. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested ...
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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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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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Interview with Victor Wainwright: music representing virtually every corner of the roots music world – new album MEMPHIS LOUD, will be released on APRIL 24. How has the American Roots Music (and Counterculture of) influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? American Roots Music and it’s subculture has provided me with opportunities to meet some of the finest examples of human beings this world has to offer. It’s also opened my eyes to both simple and complex everyday realities, that then often become masterfully written stories and songs, delivered both by my colleagues and outstanding songwriters across the globe. How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? ...
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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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Jazz interview with jazz contrabassist and composer Eva Kess. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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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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Here is some brand-new music with the lift we all need. Gilfema, “Têkê” Several weeks ago, before it was considered a rare privilege to experience live music in ...
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Jazz interview with Jazz saxophonist Frederic Borey. An interview by email in writing. JazzBluesNews.com: – When you improvise, you know where you’re going. It’s a matter of taking certain ...
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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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Interview with powerhouse vocalist Hurricane Ruth: new album “GOOD LIFE” will be released on APRIL 17, deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house. How has the Blues, Country and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? They’ve been the soundtrack to my life. They’ve had a profound impact on who I am. I’ve always been a rebel. How do you describe Hurricane Ruth sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? The music I write and perform is a combination of the music I grew up listening to: blues, honky tonk, outlaw, rock, soul/funk, jazz, Dixieland, and big band. I cut my musical teeth on all of these genres. Each one impacted me both creatively, as a songwriter, and stylistically, as a performer. I prefer to crossover many musical boundaries. My creative drive comes from stories/comments from family, friends, and society. It also comes from rhythms and melodies that I hear. Something will resonate with me or sparks in my mind and I have to immediately write it down or sing it into my phone. Are there any memories from “Good Life” studio sessions which you’d like to share? What touched (emotionally) you? Recording the song, Good Life, was very difficult for me. The song is based on a conversation I had with my mother about a year before she passed away. I asked her many deep and pointed questions about her life, what she would have done differently, and if she feared her “judgment day”. During the first pass of recording my vocals, I started thinking about my mom and her passing. I was overcome with emotion. Needless to say, I had to take a break and regroup emotionally before I continued recording my vocal. Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? I’ve been very blessed to have met some incredible people at my shows. They have become my friends. I’ve received great advice from many different sources. There are a couple of gems that stay with me. My mom told me to, “Fight for your dreams and do what you love.” My dad, who was a fantastic drummer and musician, told me, “Every time you step on a stage, give it your absolute best. Never take it for granted.” Willie Dixon told me, “Hurricane Ruth! That name fits you. Never get rid of it. It’ll serve you well.” What do you miss most nowadays from the blues of past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of? I miss the rawness and simplicity of the blues of the past. No trendy labels or boxes(blues rock, country blues, soul blues, gospel blues, etc.) to try and explain what it was. It was simply, the blues. My hope is that it will continue to evolve and grow. What does to be a female artist in a “Man’s World” as James Brown says? What is the status of women in Blues? It is the 21st century, right? It’s unfortunate that we still have to discuss this subject, and yet; here we are. Yes, women still have to elbow their way in for a seat at the music table. Yes, women still hear this comment from festival talent buyers, “Thanks for your interest, but I already have my one female act. I’ll keep you in mind for next year.” Yes, women’s music still is played less frequently on radio stations. Yes, there are still fewer female talent buyers, female owned booking agencies, and female owned management agencies. What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in music paths? There will always be people who don’t like you or your music. Persevere through the criticism and harsh critique. Diligently practice your craft. Be true to yourself. What is the impact of American Roots music on the socio-cultural implications? How do you want it to affect people? Without American Roots music, there would be no blues music. The blues has given birth to many different genres. It all comes from the same DNA, the same lineage. We are all the same, in that sense. Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day? I would love to time travel back to 1967 to the Monterey Pop Festival. I would love to seeJanis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Otis Redding perform. I would also like to time travel back to 1965 Chicago, IL to hear Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters in one big jam session. I’d love to sit down at a big table with them, have a couple of drinks, and just listen to them talk. Interview by Michael Limnios ...
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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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