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20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

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There is a treasure-trove of jazz gems away from the usual labels, venues, websites... one has just to look around and search for it. This week we feature bands whose quality may have not been matched by their international commercial success... but that's often the curse of excellent music that goes off the beaten path. Since we only care about the beauty of the music, here are twenty bands which you didn't know you cannot live without: Rootless, Slow Poke, Spanish Fly, Trio Grande, Matthew Bourne, Rêve d'éléphant orchestra, Trio Bravo, Aka Moon, Tuatara, The Grassy Knoll, Morphine, Throttle Elevator Music, Fresh Cut Orchestra, Orchestra del Titanic, Farmers Market, The Volunteered Slaves, Metalwood, Lost Tribe, Pierre Van Dormael, Octurn, Clusone Trio, Dingobats.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00
  • Rootless "Lopa Tola" Brian Had a Little Plate (El Gallo Rojo) 0:17
  • Host talks 5:40
  • Slow Poke "Listen Here" At Home (Self- released) 7:54
  • Spanish Fly "Love Song 110" Fly by Night (Accurate) 15:21
  • Trio Grande & Matthew Bourne "L'hypnotique" Un Matin Plein de Promesses (De Werf) 20:30
  • Host talks 27:05
  • Rêve d'éléphant orchestra "545, Pt. Two" Lobster Caravan (De Werf) 29:50
  • Trio Grande "Tilia" Signé (De Werf) 35:00
  • Trio Bravo "Event Horizon" Quatrième monde (Igloo) 37:29
  • Aka Moon "Téélen— Part 2 'The River Blue'" Live at Vooruit (Outhere) 39:38
  • Host talks 46:50
  • Tuatara "The Hard Swing" Underworld (Sunyata) 50:03
  • The Grassy Knoll "III" III (Nettwerk) 53:05
  • Morphine "Buena" Cure for Pain (Ryko/Rhino) 58:40
  • Host talks 1:02:26
  • Throttle Elevator Music "Retrorespective" Retrorespective (Wide Hive) 1:04:06
  • The Fresh Cut Orchestra "The Mothers' Suite, Movement VI -The Reawakening" From the Vine (Ropeadope) 1:06:46
  • Orchestra del Titanic "I Viaggi Di Gulliver" L'Orchestra del Titanic (Via Veneto Jazz) 1:16:15
  • Host talks 1:23:39
  • Farmers Market "Les Paul, More John" Farmers Market (Winter and Winter) 1:25:46
  • The Volunteered Slaves "Breakfast in Babylon" Breakfast in Babylon (Cristal) 1:28:20
  • Metalwood "Mr. Mike" The Recline (Blue Thumb) 1:32:48
  • Host talks 1:36:03
  • Lost Tribe "Mythology" Lost Tribe (Windham Hill) 1:37:55
  • Pierre Van Dormael, Octurn "No Retail" North Country Suite (De Werf) 1:42:37
  • Clusone Trio "Hinde-Wu" Clusone 3 (Ramboy) 1:45:50
  • Host talks 1:53:35
  • Dingobats "Giraffe" Follow (Jazzaway) 1:56:58
Photo credit: Scott Friedlander.

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