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Radio & Podcasts

Jihye Lee, Dave Holland, Omar Sosa, Bheki Mseleku & Other New Releases

Read "Jihye Lee, Dave Holland, Omar Sosa, Bheki Mseleku & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Hypnotic tunes, Orchestras, South African piano masters and James Brandon Lewis' prolific vein are the main themes of this show focusing on new and upcoming releases.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Omar Sosa “Shibinda" An East African Journey (OTA) 0:16 Host talks 4:54 Sam Fribush “[Outtake]" Sam Fribush Organ Trio, Vol. II: The Root (CHM) 7:00 De Beren Gieren “Stress Als Optie" Less Is Endless (Sdban) 11:24 Host ...

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Album Review

Jihye Lee: Daring Mind

Read "Daring Mind" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Korean-born composer Jihye Lee is a musician who knows her own mind, whether it be relentless, unshakable, revived, dissatisfied or Daring, as on her second recording for Motema Records. In 2018, Lee earned the prestigious BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize for “Unshakable Mind," one of nine diverse themes presented here. Another, “I Dare You," is loosely based on Wayne Shorter's response when asked, “What is jazz?" It is a question Lee must also address, as her music is not only ...

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Album Review

Jihye Lee Orchestra: Daring Mind

Read "Daring Mind" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Listening to bandleader/composer Jihye Lee and her mic-drop orchestra is like watching your life flash before your eyes. You see it all: All the richness of spirit one can attain. All the sadness one can espouse. All the waltzing mischief to which one can aspire. Testing malleability at every turn, Lee's on to an eclectic something that doesn't pass through the torpor too often: A lucid, active imagination. Thus Daring Mind, Lee's Motema Music debut, co-produced by Darcy ...

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Album Review

Jihye Lee Orchestra: April

Read "April" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


On April 16, 2014, the ferry Sewol capsized and sank in South Korea killing more than 300 passengers. In Boston that tragedy inspired Berklee College of Music student and Korean native Jihye Lee to put together the powerful music heard on this CD. Lee has assembled a 20-piece ensemble of Boston area musicians to play music from the branch of orchestral jazz that comes out of Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider, music that ranges from somber to emotional ...

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Album Review

Jihye Lee Orchestra: April

Read "April" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


On the morning of April 16, 2014, four hundred seventy-six souls were living life as they knew it, traveling on the ferry Sewol from Incheon to Jeju in South Korea. Then it all came to an abrupt halt when the ship capsized and sank. The South Korean Coast Guard, commercial vessels, and fishing boats managed to arrive in time to save more than one hundred seventy lives; the rest were lost, taken by the ship into a watery grave. That ...


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