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Radio & Podcasts

Harold Danko, Count Basie & James Brandon Lewis

Read "Harold Danko, Count Basie & James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the young and talented \ we begin the 704th Episode of Neon Jazz with a track off James Brandon Lewis's Live at Willisau done some years back, but released in 2020. We also look into some impressive singers & performers releasing new music including Shelly Rudolph and Emi Makabe. We also include some big band releases in the mix from Dan Bonsanti and Jeff Benedict. We tie this hour together from a vocal legend Queen Bey. Enjoy the jazz, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the great William Parker. They are the Red Lily Quartet. Another rising star is trumpeter Jaimie Branch. Her Fly Or Die quartet are captured live ...

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Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Most listeners have long since moved saxophonist James Brandon Lewis from the rising star category to one labeled virtuoso. But then, pianist Matthew Shipp signaled this status when he mentored Lewis early on and certainly bassist William Parker ordained his arrival by recording with the saxophonist on his major label debut, Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014). Parker returns for this latest release, as does drummer Chad Taylor who can be heard on the quartet recording Molecular (Intakt Records, 2020) and two ...

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Interview

The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis

Read "The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Tenor saxophonist, composer, and writer James Brandon Lewis is driven by a restlessness that makes him one of his generation's standout players of, and thinkers about jazz. Although he was voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in the 2020 DownBeat Magazine International Critic's Poll, most might say, after listening to his recent releases, that his star has already risen. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Lewis apprenticed at Howard University, CalArts, the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we go from Wynton Marsalis' ruminations on the status of our society, to Teodross Avery's and the Analog Players Society's reflections on Monk. In between a world tour with stops in South Africa, Guatemala, Norway, Canada, and on two sides of the country, LA and NYC, for another great tasting menu of the best that today's jazz scene has to offer. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Code Girl, Junk Magic, Tim Berne & Gianni Lenoci

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Code Girl, Junk Magic, Tim Berne & Gianni Lenoci" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


When you're hot, you're hot, and that's the kind of year saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is having. He's been a part of several fine albums this year, and his recent quartet release, Molecular, for Intakt Records is a further step on his path to the top. He demonstrates his concept of “Molecular Systematic Music." Mary Halvorson always seems to be having a good year, and her new one with Code Girl lives up to her standard. She's incorporating spoken recitations ...

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Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: Molecular

Read "Molecular" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis offers up an introductory statement in the album packaging as a preface to the liner notes of Molecular. His train of thought is difficult to follow. He leaves an impression of not being a “normal" person, in the best possible sense of that assessment. It is the impression of a deep-thinking artist working hard to pin down elusive truths, tying molecular biology and “African American quilting, spirituals, jazz, the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky, the molecular ...


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