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Charles Mingus, Luke Stewart-Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet & David Binney

Read "Charles Mingus, Luke Stewart-Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet & David Binney" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


An extended piece (actually they all are) from Charles Mingus' The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott's is a definite highlight this week, as is the new release from bassist Luke Stewart and sitarist Jarvis Earnshaw. David Binney's new Tomorrow's Journey gets some added bounce from a crew of young L.A. hotshots, NY drummer John Sturino chips in with a couple of bangin' tracks, plus music from new releases by bassist Billy Mohler, Day & Taxi, Mark Turner & guitarist Michael ...

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Charles Mingus, Rosa Brunello, Billy Mohler, Brian Jackson & More New Releases

Read "Charles Mingus, Rosa Brunello, Billy Mohler, Brian Jackson & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The Mingus centennial, of course. But first and foremost a celebration of living musicians while they're alive and kicking and engaged in their latest projects.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Rémi Panossian Trio “BBQ" Happy Birthdé (Regarts) 0:16 Host talks 4:34 Various Artists—Billy Bang “The Nagual Julian" The Earth Spins Faster Than Words (Hyperjazz) 5:58 Host talks 11:44 Brian Jackson “Path to Macondo / Those Kind of Blues" This ...

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Album Review

Charles Mingus: The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's

Read "The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Charles Mingus was larger than life as a composer, performer and bandleader. A writer of frequently difficult music, Mingus was demanding of himself and his musicians, yet he never wanted his works to sound overly polished. These recordings made over two consecutive nights at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in jny: London in 1971 were recorded to be released on Columbia Records. Unfortunately, the gross incompetence of the label's president, Clive Davis, who dropped the entire jazz roster in 1973, except ...

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Mingus Centennial: The Composer + new releases

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Celebrating the centennial of the birth of composer, bandleader and bassist Charles Mingus. We'll feature Mingus compositions as performed by Henry Threadgill, Chuck D, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Harry Skoler, Yoko Miwa, Joe Henderson, Anthony Braxton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Then we'll spin Mingus last major work, Cumbia Jazz & Fusion. We'll start and end the show with some recent acquisitions and new releases form the Large Unit, Myra Melford Fire and Water Quintet, the Dave Rempis / Avreeayl Ra ...

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Charles Mingus: The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's

Read "The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


After the emotional and economic bankruptcies of the late 1960s that nearly took him out of the picture entirely, 1972 broke well for Charles Mingus. He had re-signed with Columbia and delivered the revered Let My Children Hear Music. (He would, a year later, be part of the great Clive Davis jazz purge of 1973 which included Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and, some argue Ornette Coleman.) Grants and commissions were coming in and his music, in all its bold, gnarly, ...

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Art of the Arranger

Read "Art of the Arranger" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we continue exploring the art of the arranger with large ensembles and jazz orchestras. Charles Mingus sets Meditations on Integration on a big band, The Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band presents a tone poem with traditional Japanese vocalists, we look at the Fletcher Henderson influence on Sun Ra, plus works by Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo, the Large Unit from Norway, and more. Go big on the Jazz Continuum. Playlist Steven Bernstein “Let My People Go" from ...

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Charles Mingus: The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's

Read "The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Professionally recorded for Columbia Records, but never released, this live concert from London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club is seeing the light of day some fifty years later, as well as marking the centennial celebration of Charles Mingus' birth. The music was never released, not because it was unworthy (it is indeed worthy), but because Mingus along with Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman were let go by the label's chief, Clive Davis. Only Miles Davis survived the ...


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