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Aaron Diehl & The Knights: Zodiac Suite

Read "Zodiac Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Composta da Mary Lou Williams nella prima metà degli anni quaranta e registrata per la prima volta in trio nel 1945, la “Zodiac Suite" è stata eseguita dalla stessa pianista in versioni orchestrali sfortunate (alla Town Hall con Ben Webster, alla Carnegie Hall) e ripresa nel 2006 da Geri Allen e di recente dalla New York Philharmonic. Questa versione di Aaron Diehl con l'ensemble classico The Knights, è un'attenta rielaborazione di quell'opera, ambizioso incontro tra jazz e musica sinfonica che ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Aaron Diehl, Federica Michisanti, Caroline Davis, Xavi Torres & More

Read "Aaron Diehl, Federica Michisanti, Caroline Davis, Xavi Torres & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome back for another edition of Mondo Jazz--today's program is bursting at the seams with gorgeous new and upcoming albums and music about the lockdown, incarceration, reincarnation, multi-tasking, astral projections, and how beautiful it is to play with musicians of different cultural backgrounds. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Xavi Torres “Qs 20--Upside Down" Quarantena Songs (Dox) 0:16 Host talks 4:17 Federica Michisanti Quartet “Not" Afternoons (Parco ...

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Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Continuing

Read "Continuing" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Tyshawn Sorey listeners who were weaned on his Pi Recordings, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016), Verisimilitude (2017), and Pillars (2018), were probably unprepared for the swinging trio outing Mesmerism (Pi, 2022). With the multi-instrumentalist Sorey on drums, Aaron Diehl on piano and Matt Brewer on bass, the group delivered one of the best piano trio albums of the year. Later in 2022, they issued a live recording, The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism (also on Pi), adding saxophonist Greg ...

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Album Review

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Mélusine

Read "Mélusine" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Wynton Marsalis was right, Cécile McLorin Salvant is the sort of singer who comes along only “once in a generation or two." A MacArthur Fellow, multiple Grammy winner, and self-described eclectic, Salvant creates projects that encompass an astonishing array of idioms and historical periods, which she interrelates inventively and interweaves with original compositions. Here, she plumbs the francophone side of her repertoire. French songs have cropped up regularly in her live shows, but less on disk. Mélusine fills the gap ...

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Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio +1 (with Greg Osby): The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism

Read "The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Even for a musician who thrives on unsettling expectations, Tyshawn Sorey's Mesmerism (Yeros7 Music, 2022) caught a lot of listeners by surprise. The inimitable drummer's recordings have long occupied that amorphous space between avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music, and “accessibility" has rarely been the term of choice for his creative output. But utilizing a trio format including pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer, the album offered six remarkable renderings of classic jazz repertoire, including such time-worn standards as ...

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Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey is an idiosyncratic and restless explorer. An accomplished percussionist, he is known for blurring, if not completely erasing, the boundaries between the pre-written and the improvised. This has led him to work in a modern, Western Classical, idiom, albeit one rooted in the jazz tradition. After conducting the twenty-piece Alarm Will Sound on his critically acclaimed For George Lewis / Autoschediasms (2021, Cantaloupe Music), Sorey returns to the piano trio format on the accessible yet ...

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Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism

Read "Mesmerism" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


In the '60s, it was common to criticize avant-garde jazz musicians by saying they could not swing. Drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey has travelled far beyond mainstream jazz through his “new music" composing and collaborations with other cutting edge musicians such as Vijay Iyer and Roscoe Mitchell. Now he confounds expectations by leading a piano trio which definitely swings but with its own unique way of exploring rhythm and melody. The trio is filled out with Aaron Diehl ...


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