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Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein

Read "Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the very talented jazz veteran Steven Bernstein with his Millenial Territory Orchestra, we start the 744th Episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we hear his hero in Duke Ellington. We listen to new music from jazz veterans like Michael Weiss, Farzin Farhadi, Eric Person and Bernie Senensky. Finally, we salute the late-great Ron Miles who we unexpectedly recently lost at the age of 58. Enjoy the jazz, my friends.Playlist Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra “Planet B" Tinctures ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1

Read "Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we focus on Steven Bernstein and Michael Brecker, the quintessential jazz-hackers of the pop world. If you heard a compelling saxophone solo on a high-end pop or rock production, especially between the 1970s and 1990s, you could bet it was by Michael Brecker, who over the years has appeared on almost 1000 albums. Likewise, if you have been struck by an elegant yet quirky arrangement on a high-end pop or rock album from the past two ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part I

Read "Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Rigid categories are not what music should be about. This week we focus on music that some may file under “retro" but is performed by musicians that are often labelled “avant," it may not sound exactly how Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 or Fess Williams and the Royal Flush Orchestra would have played, but hey... it's 2020 and it debunks the notion that musicians that may like it skronky don't know how to swing. Case in point: Steven ...

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Extended Analysis

Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: MTO Plays Sly

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Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory OrchestraMTO Plays SlyThe Royal Potato Family2011 The Sly Stone songbook is a solid gold thing, and it is strange that it is so rarely revisited. Then again, repertory tributes are generally paid to artists who have passed. Stone is still with us, although, it sometimes seems, only just: over the last few decades, he has been ravaged by “personal problems" which would likely have finished off any ...

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Album Review

Sex Mob: Sexmob Meets Medeski live in Willisau 2006

Read "Sexmob Meets Medeski live in Willisau 2006" reviewed by Brandt Reiter


How best to describe slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein's singular quartet Sex Mob? Maybe we should start with mercurial musical magician Bernstein himself, whose exotic career as sideman, musical director, arranger and composer has included ten years with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards and stints alongside everyone from Bill Frisell to Sam Rivers, the Flying Karamazov Brothers and, oh yes, Bootsy Collins. Or maybe we should look at his career as bandleader, which includes the trumpet-slide guitar-tuba trio Spanish Fly and the ...

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Album Review

Steven Bernstein / Marcus Rojas / Kresten Osgood: Tattoos and Mushrooms

Read "Tattoos and Mushrooms" reviewed by Chris Mosey


The line-up of slide trumpet, tuba and drums is, to say the least, somewhat unusual in jazz. As is the choice of Hank Williams' “So Lonesome I Could Cry" as a vehicle for improvisation. On Tattoos and Mushrooms, trumpeter Steven Bernstein, tubaist Marcus Rojas and drummer Kresten Osgood go boldly into aural regions where no man has gone before. To put it another way, this is not what Count Basie called “music to pat your foot to." ...


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