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New Music From Myra Melford, Jérôme Descamps, Mayra Dómine & Rodrigo González, And More

Read "New Music From Myra Melford, Jérôme Descamps, Mayra Dómine & Rodrigo González, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we present new music from Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet , Jérôme Descamps, Mayra Dómine & Rodrigo González, George Colligan , Gordon Lee, Dan Balmer, Mark Solborg and Sunny Kim with Vardan Ovsepian & Ben Monder. In addition, a look at Australian based label 4000 Records who release live recordings from venues in Brisbane/Meanjin. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet “Insertion One" from Hear The Light Singing (RogueArt) 00:59 Jérôme ...

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Live Review

Myra Melford Fire and Water Quintet at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Myra Melford Fire and Water Quintet at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Roy Strassman


Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA November 6, 2022 The Free jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford made the trip across the Bay Bridge to the SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab to bring her Fire and Water Quintet to an eagerly expectant audience. The quintet's name derives from the abstract artist Cy Twombly's “For the Love of Fire and Water retrospective at MOMA. The musicians are all creative forces in their ...

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Album Review

Myra Melford: For The Love Of Fire And Water

Read "For The Love Of Fire And Water" reviewed by John Sharpe


Inspired by artist Cy Twombly, pianist Myra Melford has produced a superb album which combines notated signposts with unbridled exchanges. She's helped by an all star agglomeration comprising some of New York's most accomplished instrumentalists: guitarist Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Susie Ibarra. As might be expected of the city's brightest talents, their paths have crossed on multiple occasions, but never in this particular permutation until they appeared as part of a Melford residency at ...

Album Review

Sarah Wilson: Kaleidoscope

Read "Kaleidoscope" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale di Sarah Wilson—molto diverso da quello dei colleghi trombettisti—ha formato una personalità eclettica, che il suo terzo disco mostra con chiarezza e fa della singolarità una ricchezza. Come sintetizza il titolo, il percorso musicale è un caleidoscopio di situazioni diverse, che ruotano attraverso alcune costanti: delicate folk ballad, estroversi quadri calypso o brani jazzistici di sapore country. Anche grazie ai notevoli partner che le sono vicino, il risultato è ricco e accattivante. Con la Wilson ...

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Album Review

Myra Melford's Fire and Water Quintet: For The Love Of Fire And Water

Read "For The Love Of Fire And Water" reviewed by Mark Corroto


While the now infamous quote “writing about music is like dancing about architecture" may befit jazz criticism, writing music about painting is actually achievable. Proof of that is pianist Myra Melford's For the Love of Fire and Water; her quintet sets out to perform music inspired by the American painter Cy Twombly's (1928-2011) Bay of Gaeta drawings “For the Love of Fire and Water." Melford has taken inspiration from visual artists in the past, specifically on her solo ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Myra Melford, Eric Plaks & Music For Ukraine

Read "Myra Melford, Eric Plaks & Music For Ukraine" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Myra Melford's new recording, For The Love Of Fire And Water, is an excellent one. It's a multi-part suite performed by Melford, Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson, Tomeka Reid and Susie Ibarra. It's one of the feature recordings in a decidedly internationally-flavored show. New York pianist Eric Plaks contributes music from four of his groups, German saxophonist Peter Ehwald hits the OMJ playlist for the first time, as does the Colombian ensemble, Asdrubal. South Africa's contribution come from a tribute to ...

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Album Review

Sarah Wilson: Kaleidoscope

Read "Kaleidoscope" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Trumpeter Sarah Wilson has had several unique experiences throughout the development of her musical career, such as writing music for dance productions and puppet shows. That is reflected in the wide range displayed on this aptly-titled CD which draws as much from folk music, classical music, African pop and indie rock as it does from jazz. Wilson has a top flight group of collaborators here, Charles Burnham on violin, John Schott on guitar, her mentor, Myra Melford on ...


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