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Radio & Podcasts

David Virelles, Amanda Whiting, Marco Mezquida, Mamud Band & More

Read "David Virelles, Amanda Whiting, Marco Mezquida, Mamud Band & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


It's just early July and there's no denying that we're already feeling the effects of climate change, with unusually high temperatures and extreme events like floods or severe thuderstorms. When it comes to music, however the downpour of new releases is a very welcome development... especially when they sound so delicious!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Mamud Band “Equalization" Equalization—Single (Garrincha) 0:16 Host talks 6:18 Amanda Whiting “Lost" ...

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Radio & Podcasts

David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini

Read "David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Excellent new keyboard releases highlight this edition of OMJ, ranging from musical neo-archaeologist David Virelles, George Burton, Argentina's Nicolás Chientaroli, South African Nduduzo Makhathini to the Italian trio Katharsis. Debuts from a couple of drummers are also featured--Anthony Fung and Swizerland's Florian Arbenz. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke's new Gravity Without Airs should be headed for much praise. There's plenty of great music packed into this show, from start to finish. Playlist Anthony Fung “Sightseeing" from What Does It Mean ...

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Album Review

David Virelles: Nuna

Read "Nuna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Cuban-born pianist/composer David Virelles has never been far from the top of the jazz profession in his recording career. His initial appearance as a sideman was with Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett on her 2001 Blue Note release Alma de Santiago. Early in his career he studied with Henry Threadgill and played with Steve Coleman, Chris Potter and Mark Turner. As a leader, he has primarily moved back and forth between the prestigious labels Pi Recordings and ECM for the ...

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Album Review

David Virelles: Igbó Alákọrin

Read "Igbó Alákọrin" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Maybe the most unexpected delight of 2018, avant-garde pianist David Virelles has released an utterly dyed-in-the-wool homage to his birthplace of Santiago de Cuba.Completely different from any other recording he's done to this point, this unreconstructed slice of midcentury Cuban music is so completely steeped in tradition, and Virelles' playing is so gorgeously virtuosic, that it's akin to unearthing a lost Bebo Valdés recording from the 1950s.Which is what makes it as unexpected as it is ...

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Live Review

David Virelles & Nosotros at Jazz Standard

Read "David Virelles & Nosotros at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


David Virelles & Nosotros feat. Román Díaz Jazz Standard New York, NY January 31, 2018 Since touching hallowed ECM ground in 2013, pianist David Virelles has opened minds of listeners far and wide. Despite the expansive reach of his art, however, the experience of hearing it live is nothing if not inward. Joined for two nights at Jazz Standard by percussionists Román Díaz and Keisel Jiménez, along with bassist Rashaan Carter, Virelles proved ...

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Album Review

David Virelles: Gnosis

Read "Gnosis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Cuban-American pianist/composer David Virelles continues the exploration of Afro-Cuban musical traditions begun with his first recorded collaboration with vocalist/percussionist Román Díaz on Continuum (Pi Recordings, 2012), continuing through Mbókò (ECM, 2013) and Antenna (ECM, 2016). He uses “gnosis" to refer to ancient collective knowledge, and this music is about the intersection of cultures--contemporary improvisational language and Cuban sources, especially the sacred Abakuá percussion ensemble. There are over a dozen instrumentalists and vocalists employed, but they are mostly broken ...

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Album Review

David Virelles: Antenna

Read "Antenna" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Pianist/composer David Virelles has combined his Cuban heritage with jazz before, most notably on his 2014 ECM leader debut Mbókò, which had the subtitle “Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá." But this EP--which is being released exclusively on vinyl and digitally--takes things in an entirely new electro-acoustic direction. It's a dense sonic stew of improvisation and ritual rhythmic grooves, a sound both urban and traditional. “Binary" opens with the sound of Los Seres, ...


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