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Todd Sickafoose: Bear Proof

Read "Bear Proof" reviewed by Vic Albani

Era dai fasti di Tiny Resistors (uscito nel 2008 per la Cryptogramophone dell'amico Jeff Gauthier e che invitiamo a riascoltare per la bellezza che lo ammanta) che il signor Todd Sickafoose non regalava al mondo un nuovo lavoro. Inneggiato da più voci quale coerente ed intelligentissimo musicista nonché compositore e produttore Sickafoose è stato talmente occupato da non avere avuto tempo per dilettarsi ancora una volta con l'idea che lo ha subito posto all'attenzione del mondo musicale sin ...

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Jo Lawry: Acrobats

Read "Acrobats" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ha trovato un intrigante, e quanto mai riuscito, equilibrio tra sperimentazione e mainstream la cantante australiana Jo Lawry nel suo pieno ritorno al jazz dopo il debutto del 2008 con I Want to Be Happy. Il merito va condiviso con la contrabbassista Linda May Han Oh e la batterista Allison Miller, magnifiche co-leader di un progetto di piena partecipazione collettiva. Dopo quell'acclamato debutto (recensione da 4 stelle e mezzo su “Down Beat" e inclusione tra i ...

Radio & Podcasts

A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things, Part 1

Read "A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on the songs that have made us smile, tap our feet, reflect and keep our optimism in spite of the dire state of the world during the past two months. We hope they'll have the same effect on you. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Alan Ferber Nonet “Brimstone Boogaloo" Up High, Down Low (Sunnyside) 0:16 Host talks 6:28 Laurent Cugny Tentet “Boogie ...

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New Releases, Grammy Nominees With New Jazz Categories & More

Read "New Releases, Grammy Nominees With New Jazz Categories & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes an assortment of Grammy nominees (not a bad year for women overall, with some new jazz categories), plus new releases from Solidaridad Tango, violist Debbie Spring, drummer Allison Miller, vocalist Anita Wardell, pianists Marta Karassawa and Thandi Ntuli, with songs of gratitude and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they can continue to distract, comfort, provoke and inspire.Playlist Lakecia Benjamin ...

Album Review

Todd Sickafoose: Bear Proof

Read "Bear Proof" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Todd Sickafoose released only one album as a leader prior to this one, Tiny Resistors, (Cryptogramophone, 2008). However, he has kept busy in the music world since then. He has extensively worked as a sideman and producer, including collaborating with singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, and he has orchestrated the Broadway musical, “Hadestown," winning a Tony award in the process. Now he is back with an album that reaffirms him as one of those musicians who are ostensibly based in jazz ...

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Artemis: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

For drummer Allison Miller, a key feature of In Real Time is that this second Blue Note release captures the unique ensemble sound of Artemis. She stresses a palpable sonic integrity that she attributes to trust and chemistry. Renee Rosnes emphasizes the singularity of each player in the equation, underscoring “a striking juxtaposition between the stylistic approaches of the two saxophonists," Nicole Glover and Alexa Tarantino; “each illuminates the other." She adds, “ Nobody sounds like Ingrid," which is certainly ...

Album Review

Artemis: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Artemis double down on their fiery yet regal 2020 self-titled, Blue Note debut with a punchy, calligraphic flare (thanks in part to their younger contemporaries, in demand multi-reedist Alexa Tarantino and hellfire saxophonist Nicole Glover), catch fire, and watch it spread. An early, sure-fire contender for the tops-of-twenty-three list barrage, In Real Time is really very hard to resist, even when it falls out of step. “Balance of Time," though intoxicating in texture, seems out of sequence just ...


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