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Ananda Gari: T - Duality

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The young Italian drummer Ananda Gari has been solidifying his credentials in some prestigious company. As part of the quartet Fool Circle, he recorded Moving Thoughts (Rai Trade--Videoradio, 2011) with pianist Stefano Battaglia. With his brother, pianist Govinda Gari, he recorded Incipit (Goodfellas, 2013) featuring saxophonist Mark Turner. On T-Duality--his first outing as a leader--Gari has surrounded himself with a cadre of downtown New York notables whose disregard of convention pushes his capabilities as both composer and drummer. Joining Gari are saxophonist Tim Berne and double-bassist Michael Formanek, long-time collaborators whose work in Berne's cutting edge Bloodcount dates ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites

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Trumpet and composer Wadada Leo Smith remains in one of the most fertile phases of his long and storied career. His prodigious output now enjoys the outlets it needs, courtesy of the Finnish TUM imprint and the US-based Cuneiform Records. And other recordings appear on a variety of independent labels. At least in part that is likely due to the prestige of the Pulitzer Prize recognition for his momentous Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012) extravaganza. For this latest extended work inspired by the Great Lakes of North America, Smith enlists the help of fellow AACM alumnus Henry Threadgill, an acclaimed ...

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Billy Childs: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

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The latter day jazz community, by and large, has embraced songwriting icons from the other side of the fence. Numerous artists associated with jazz have visited in on Bob Dylan's iconic work, explored the dark soul of Tom Waits, reshaped the poetic work(s) of Leonard Cohen, and/or tapped into the Joni Mitchell well. But what of Laura Nyro? The woman behind such under-appreciated classics as “Stoned Soul Picnic," “And When I Die," “Eli's Comin,'" and “Wedding Bell Blues" has largely been ignored in jazz circles, but that all seems to be changing. Vocalist Mark Winkler got the ball rolling by ...

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Makiko Hirabayashi: Surely

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Surely, the pianist Makiko Hirabayashi Trio's third album, is both utterly captivating and immediately enjoyable. It is also, however, rather disquieting to anyone who listens more deeply because this music flatly refuses to be pinned down. Here, the whole is much more than the sum of the parts, but the parts remain in paradoxical relation to each other. For sure, the question, “What is Jazz?" will not be answered by Surely. Hirabayashi's, and by extension, the Trio's, art is full of seeming contradictions: superficial simplicity is supported by subtle complexity; harmonically, it is neither “in" nor “out"--there are ...

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Charles Lloyd: Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

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Since 2008 the non-for-profit label Resonance has put out a number rare historic, previously unreleased, recordings. Saxophonist John Coltrane's 1966 Temple University concert Offering: Live at Temple University (Resonance, 2014) and pianists Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard's 1982 duet at Keystone Korner The Magic of 2 (Resonance, 2011) are a couple examples from this treasure trove. Similarly Manhattan Stories is saxophonist Charles Lloyd's two live dates from 1965 the first at Judson Hall and the second at Slugs' Saloon. Even at this early stage in his career Lloyd's signature mastery in blending various musical heritages and his interest ...

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Jost Project Performs at Jazz Near You House Concert

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The Jost Project Jazz Near You Inaugural House Concert Lansdale, PA October 24, 2014 All About Jazz Founder and Publisher Michael Ricci recently innovated a world-wide program to facilitate and co-create musical events in the intimate setting of people's homes where the householders serve as hosts, hiring musicians to provide a day or evening of performance. The program will utilize the resources of Jazz Near You--an offshoot of All About Jazz which tracks and lists jazz events by geographical region--to bring together musicians with potential hosts, who will benefit by having ...

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Craig Taborn Trio at Gent Jazz Club

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Craig Taborn Trio Belfort Café Gent, Belgium October 13, 2014 For some an enforced line up change mid tour might have spelled disaster. But pianist Craig Taborn's trio rode their fortune and delivered a, likely adrenaline-fuelled, wonderful performance. When drummer Gerald Cleaver, Taborn's most longstanding accomplice, pulled out for medical reasons, the pianist called up reinforcement in the shape of hometown stickman JT Bates. He flew in from Minneapolis, arriving just half an hour before the soundcheck in the Belgian city of Gent midway through a series of European dates. But you ...



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