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Radio & Podcasts

Henry Threadgill's Zooid, New No Business Releases & Christopher Parker

Read "Henry Threadgill's Zooid, New No Business Releases & Christopher Parker" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Two of the giants of the saxophone are featured in this episode of OMJ: Henry Threadgill and his longest-running band Zooid (he plays more with this band than others) and the late, great Sam Rivers from his archive of unrecorded music released by NoBusiness Records. Rivers leads one of his not-too-common guitar quartets. Also from NoBusiness comes another historic release by Japan's Itaru Oki and new tunes from Serbian string player Szilard Mezi. He's fronting Tubass, four basses and a ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Henry Threadgill, Adam O'Farrill, Patricia Barber, Donald Fagen & Other New Releases

Read "Henry Threadgill, Adam O'Farrill, Patricia Barber, Donald Fagen & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We're back! Our ongoing exploration of the best new and upcoming releases, from the neo-cool of Donald Fagen and Patricia Barber, to one of the events of the fall, the latest album by Henry Threadgill's Zooid. The cherries on top: the thoroughly satisfying new albums by Burnt Sugar and Adam O'Farrill.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Donald Fagen “The Nightfly" The Nightfly: Live (Geffen) 0:16 Host talks 6:00 ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Pulitzer and Polar Prizes —Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

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Much of Jazz at 100 Today! so far has focused on younger musicians who are making their mark on the music. In this hour, we look at the late career accolades for Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith who have been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Committee, and Wayne Shorter, the recipient of the 2017 Polar Prize. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quintet “Thurgood Marshall and Brown Vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal ...

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Radio & Podcasts

What's the Concept?

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Can jazz have “concept albums?" Probably not, but some records do work harder at sustaining a mood--or a sense of narrative--than others. The boys look at five test cases--one brand new, two from that prime year 1969, and two from the transition from the eighties to the nineties. Madge gets a look in during pop matters, along with a discussion of a live show by face-maker and drummer Brian Blade. Playlist Discussion of The Session's album Collusion ...

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Year in Review

Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018

Read "Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The year 2018 was, musically speaking, a good year. The label Pi Recordings did it again with six magnificent albums, three of which made it in my top twelve. In addition, two feminist themed gems are included as well as four by master pianists. An intimate and adventurous duet, a meeting of great minds and a unique genre-bender round up the list. Below are the releases in no particular order. Henry Threadgill Dirt... And More Dirt ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases

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This week we check out new releases by some of the most exciting and innovative jazz musicians working today, from established names like Henry Threadgill and Nik Bärtsch to exciting up-and-comers like Ben LaMar Gay. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Ben Lamar Gay “Swim Swim" from Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem) 0:16 Host speaks 3:40 Ben Lamar Gay “Music for 18 ...

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Album Review

Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt...And More Dirt

Read "Dirt...And More Dirt" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pi Recordings, under the leadership of Seth Rosner, got its start in 2001 with the simultaneous release of two CDs from avant-garde reedman Henry Threadgill, Everybody's Mouth's A Book, featuring the band Make a Move, and Up Popped The Two Lips, by the Threadgill group Zooid. This was a re-emergence for Threadgill; his three-record deal with Columbia Records had ended in 1996, with the release of Where's Your Cup. He has since made the most of his relationship with Rosner's ...


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