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Radio & Podcasts

Song for My Father in Late June - Celebrating Fathers Day and Summer Solstice

Read "Song for My Father in Late June - Celebrating Fathers Day and Summer Solstice" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fathers Day/Summer Solstice/Juneteenth broadcast included new releases from drummer Gayelynn McKinney, vocalists Linda Lavin and Sue Anne Gershenzon, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Roy Ayers, with birthday shoutouts to Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, Jaimie Branch, Alicia Olatuja, Migiwa Miyajima, leader of the Miggy Augmented Orchestra, Lolly Allen and Jenny Scheinman. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music in this time of lockdown. Playlist Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli “Pick Yourself ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis & Chet Baker

Read "Miles Davis & Chet Baker" reviewed by Joe Dimino


As we kick off our first show of 2020, we give you the talented trumpeter Jaimie Branch as she infuses her modern blend of jazz into the lexicon. From there, we dig into new releases from Robert Walter, Mike Clark and Doug Stone. We also look into the past with legends Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Maynard Ferguson and Billie Holiday. Playlist Jaimie Branch “Theme 001" Fly or Die (International Anthem) 00:00 Host talks 4:15 Miles Davis “Stella By ...

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Album Review

Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise

Read "Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Over a relatively short career, the adventurous composer and trumpeter Jaimie Branch has developed a mature and singular style with a politically informed dimension. On her second album as leader, she and her band create tense atmospheres that brim with creativity and spontaneity. The two part “Prayer For Amerikkka" opens with bassist Jason Ajemian's dark, reverberating thumps. These set an expectant mood that drummer Chad Taylor enhances. Branch blows longing, melancholic notes that rise and fall over the ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More

Read "Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her 'tude and much-praised talent to her follow-up recording to Fly or Die in Fly Or Die II--Bird Dog of Paradise. Her music is even more incendiary as she turns her attention to the current state of political and social unrest in America. Also making debuts this week are the Malleus Trio from Vancouver with their second release Play, much-heralded bassist Nick Dunston, Chicago guitarist Dan Phillips' latest project, Quartet Next, and also with a deep ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases

Read "Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


September! What a month. The summer is over... so are the summer festivals... but that is also the month when record labels start churning out some of their best releases to bring the temperature up in advance of the end-of-year polls and listicles. So here comes an onslaught of heavy-hitters with their new or upcoming releases, from Jaimie Branch to Kris Davis, from Kneebody to The Bad Plus, from Terri Lyne Carrington to Abraham Inc. and Miguel Zenon and a ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones

Read "Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt


Possibly, more than any other instrument, the saxophone defines the sound of jazz. Most jazz combos have at least one saxophonist on the front—and when you see that saxophone, you know it's going to be doing a LOT of soloing, even if the bandleader or composer plays another instrument. But what happens to the shape and texture of jazz when you subtract the sax from the equation? Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

Read "Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected well-known jazz musicians from Chicago including drummer Chad Taylor of Chicago Underground Duo. In Chicago, Jaimie Branch played in many different settings, from improv ...


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