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Shabaka Hutchings: Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

Read "Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace" reviewed by Chris May

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes ... Since signing with with Impulse! in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings has become best known for his incendiary work on tenor saxophone with Sons Of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors. Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace marks the start of a gentler, more instrospective phase in his music making. The trigger came during the pandemic, when Hutchings fell in love with the Japanese shakuhachi flute. The quietly spoken instrument first edged itself ...

Radio & Podcasts

Sing, Sing a Song

Read "Sing, Sing a Song" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Time for an all-singing, no-dancing, some joke-telling show featuring four female vocalists. We've got three brand newish releases and one catalogue item which, given it debuted after we were out of college, is making us feel old. Like everything else. Tune in to find out which Grammy Winner™ we annoy. Playlist Discussion of Holly Cole's album Blame It On My Youth (Manhattan) 2:04 Discussion of Lizzie Thomas' album Duo Encounters (Dot Time) 17:15 Discussion of Nadia Washington's album ...

Live Review

Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding at Jazz Alley

Read "Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding Jazz Alley Seattle, WA January 24, 2023 The musical union of pianist Fred Hersch and bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding at first evokes images of the iconic pianist playing duo with one of the prominent voices of twenty-first century jazz, a bassist of note and a formidable vocalist. But as is exemplified on their new recording, Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto, 2023), the current tour features Hersch with Spalding ...

Album Review

Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding: Alive at the Village Vanguard

Read "Alive at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by John Chacona

Is it possible that we underestimate Esperanza Spalding? That would be quite a trick for an artist who has hardly been out of the spotlight since leapfrogging a couple of nobodies named Drake and Justin Bieber to take the Grammy award for Best New Artist in 2011. With a recent resume that includes a high-profile teaching position at Harvard (now ended), a collaboration with preeminent jazz composer Wayne Shorter on the opera “Iphigenia" and a fifth Grammy for 2022's Songwrights ...

Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney

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This broadcast presents new releases from bassist Esperanza Spalding, new group Altoizm (Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity, Rajiv Halim), flutist Ragan Whiteside and vocalists Queen Esther, Ann Hampton Callaway with birthday shoutouts to songwriter Joan Whitney (Candy, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickiens), trumpeter Carol Morgan, vocalists Lezlie Harrison and Mavis Staples, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music.Playlist Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity, Rajiv Halim “Thoroughbred" from Altoizm (AFAR Music) ...

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Bassisterhood - Companion Mixtape

Read "Bassisterhood - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Straight-ahead to experimental, electric or acoustic, funky or bluesy, instrumental or with vocals, these female bass players cover the whole low-end gamut with their fascinating projects. This mixtape is a fun-filled companion to the two parts of our show “Bassisterhood" (click here for Part 1 and Part 2). Happy listening! Playlist Esperanza Spalding “Radio Song" Radio Music Society (Heads Up) 0:00 Manou Gallo “Lève-Toi Et Move" Afro Groove Queen (Contre-Jour) 6:26 Bootsy Collins with ...

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Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro

Read "Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In astrology, October 18 zodiac people are on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, referred to as the Cusp of Drama. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro share that birthday, which would certainly make for a dramatic dinner party. Besides shoutouts to this dynamic trio, vocalist Lee Wiley and pianist Thelonious Monk are celebrated as well. The broadcast features an Autumn bounty of new releases: from vocalist Jackie Myers, pianists Rina, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell}, and a newly discovered concert recording ...


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