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Spiral Mercury - Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground featuring Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah & The Underground

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Renowned tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and new music, jazz-centric pioneer, cornetist Rob Mazurek bridge alternate generations of avant-gard-isms with this highly persuasive and indubitably, audacious production. It's an electro-acoustic meeting of futuristic minds, intersecting the trumpeter's Sao Paulo Underground and Chicago Underground ensembles. Moreover, they yield intergalactic nods to classic space rock via Guilherme Granado's inventive electronics, synths and samples permutations along with Matthew Lux's pumped up bass lines and Chad Taylor's sweeping drums patterns amid several distinctive indicators throughout. Several movements are modeled with blustery flights of fancy, complemented and expounded upon by Sanders and Mazurek's flourishing ...

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Carleen Anderson: At Home in London

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One of the most powerful vocalists today is Carleen Anderson, the “2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist of the Year." Amy Winehouse once said, “For live performances, you absolutely have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life!" Amy confessed while sitting in on one of Ms. Anderson's soundchecks; Carleen sang “Don't Look Back In Anger," it brought her to tears (Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night, 2006). Born in jny: Houston, Texas on May 10, 1957, Carleen Anderson is grounded and rooted in true gospel music inherited from the Pentecostal church where the pastor, David Anderson, ...

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Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs

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Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs Jay Farrar 192 ISBN: #1593765126 Soft Skull Press 2013 Anyone who's familiar with Jay Farrar's work with Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, his various collaborations such as New Multitudes and Gob Iron or his solo work knows he has a love of language almost as passionate as his love for music. It should come as no surprise then that he would inevitably write a book or that the publication would reaffirm that impression of Farrar as a writer. But Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs extends Farrar's talents ...

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Arild Andersen / Paolo Vinaccia / Tommy Smith: Mira

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The debut of Arild Andersen's now longstanding trio with Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and Italian expat drummer Paolo Vinaccia on Live at Belleville (ECM, 2008) came as no small surprise, even to those familiar with the Norwegian bassist's work on the label--dating right back to its inception on Jan Garbarek's classic Afric Pepperbird (ECM, 1971), as well as with his own fine triptych of more accessible early albums, recently collected on Green Into Blue--Early Quartets (ECM, 2010). Andersen has proven, over a career now spanning six decades, to be a bassist with a muscular tone and broad stylistic ...

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Ian Anderson at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Ian Anderson NYCB Theatre At Westbury Westbury, New York October 8, 2013 Ian Anderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the flute-playing lead singer of the progressive British rock band Jethro Tull. Throughout its career, Jethro Tull released some of the rock era's most beloved albums, including: Benefit (Chrysalis Records, 1970), Aqualung (Chrysalis Records, 1971), Minstrel in the Gallery (Chrysalis Records, 1975), Crest of A Knave (Chrysalis Records, 1987), which somehow and inexplicably won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance, and the double LP quasi-compilation collection Living in the ...

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Musson - Noble - Sanders: Tatterdemalion

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Tatterdemalion: the album title refers to someone who wears tattered clothing, a simile that may parallel the unadorned and rather raucous proceedings enacted by this trio's thoroughly “free" approach to jazz improvisation. You won't find pieces that intimate a sea of tranquility. It's more about an in-your-face type workout featuring saxophonist Rachel Musson's hardcore expressionism. However, veteran improvisers, keyboardist Liam Noble and drummer Mark Sanders, oblige Musson's rambunctious and serrated lines with contrapuntal responses and guileful treatments on this wildly explorative outing. The musicians' high-octane thrust features imaginative three-way dialogues and soaring opuses. But Noble's dark electric piano ...

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Chuck Anderson Trio: Philadelphia, PA, July 13, 2013

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Chuck Anderson TrioJamey's House of MusicPhiladelphia, PAJuly 13, 2013Chuck Anderson is a virtuoso jazz guitarist with an eclectic repertoire that includes standards, originals, a dash of rock, and artisan electric adaptations of classical acoustic guitar music. He started out forty years ago as the house guitarist at the Latin Casino, and then formed his own groups that included the great bassist Al Stauffer and the genius pianist Bernard Peiffer. His career was disrupted by a series of medical problems, during which time he continued teaching and composing. He recovered and resumed his performing career about ...

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Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen

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Meet Thomas Winther Andersen:Originally from Norway, Thomas Winther Andersen now lives in Amsterdam. At 13, he began playing electric bass, and after a few years his love for jazz became so strong that he decided to switch instruments and learn to play upright bass. Thomas studied music at the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1988 to 1993 and then added a Master's degree a year later from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 1995, he received a grant from a Dutch foundation, The Performing Arts Fund (Fonds voor de podiumkunsten), to study in New York with Sal Mosca. Among ...

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Clipper Anderson: Ballad of the Sad Young Men

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Hidden in the basement of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington is bassist/vocalist Clipper Anderson. Not ringing any bells? That's because he has been a sideman, buried behind the principals on upwards of 60 recordings while recording as leader on two previous releases: And to All a Goodnight (Origin Records, 2011) and The Road Home (Origin Records, 2012). Anderson follows up this latter recording with Ballad of the Sad Young Men, his first all vocal outing performed in the intimate confines of the piano trio. Clipper Anderson's voice is more Tony Bennett than Frank Sinatra and way ...

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Anders Jormin: Between Always And Never

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Anders Jormin leads a remarkably busy life. Bassist with pianist Bobo Stenson's Trio, he has also played with the likes of saxophonists Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd and Joe Lovano, as well as drummers Elvin Jones and Jack DeJohnette. He records under his own name, composes works for symphony orchestras, studies ethnic music in Cuba and Mozambique, teaches double bass and improvisation at Gothenburg University and writes poems in Latin. It's amazing that he finds time to eat his smörgåsbord. Perhaps he doesn't. Jormin was born in Jönköping in southern ...

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Luciano Mosetti & Anders Fardal with friends: Ela

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Music that is as light and airy as a midsummer night on Södermalm, Stockholm's south island. The feeling is summed up in Mikael Silkeberg's superb cover photo in which Luciano Mosetti and Anders Färdal are pictured stopping for a chat in the early hours on their way home from a gig. The sky behind them, which has never truly darkened, glows with the coming of the dawn. Mosetti, who plays trumpet and harmonica, is from Italy but came to Sweden on tour in the mid-sixties and never went home. He works primarily as a studio musician and ...

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Anders Nilsson / Joe Fonda / Peter Nilsson: Powers

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This collective trio teams American bass master Joe Fonda, known for his collaborations with innovative musicians and composers such as saxophonist Anthony Braxton, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Carla Bley, with Swedish brothers a generation younger than Fonda-- guitarist Anders Nilsson, based in New York since 2000, and drummer Peter Nilsson, based in Malmö, Sweden. The Nilsson brothers have been playing together since they were kids and recently collaborated in Anders Nilsson's Aorta (Kopasetic, 2009). Both lead their own outfits and collaborate with musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Fonda was the bassist in Anders ...

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Vinny Golia / Marco Eneidi / Lisa Mezzacappa / Vijay Anderson: Hell-Bent In The Pacific

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Ever since moving to Austria in 2004, Bay Area alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi has flown beneath the radar, particularly in terms of recorded output. His discography boasts some heavy duty entries, including late trumpeter Bill Dixon's Thoughts (Soul Note, 1986) and bass maestro William Parker's Sunrise In The Tone World (Aum Fidelity, 1996), in addition to several appearances with legendary pianist Cecil Taylor, so it's a real pleasure to find him in the company of three other West Coast residents for a program of no holds barred free jazz. Cohesion derives from the many connections between the participants. As well ...

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Ian Anderson: New York, NY, October 5, 2012

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Ian Anderson The Beacon Theatre New York, New York October 5, 2012 It was a decidedly older crowd that attended Ian Anderson's show at The Beacon Theatre on this cool, early October evening. Though the majority of the audience ranged from early-forties to early-sixties, it was also at least partially populated with the children of quite a few concert-goers-a number of whom introduced their progeny to long-lost friends with the phrase, “and, this is my son/daughter...it's his/her first Tull/Ian show..."Billed as a multimedia theatrical production of both Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick (Chrysalis, ...



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