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It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Deux

Read "It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Deux" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Join our intrepid but grumpy explorers Mike and Pat and they continue their journey through the New York Times Top Ten list of Best Jazz Albums from 2023. The boys look at three more albums off the list and once again have questions about the selections. Then they discuss an album from 2023 not on the list, and, naturally, emit rainbows. We don't recommend you make a game of drinking whenever one of them calls “category error" unless you have ...

Album Review

Myra Melford's Fire And Water Quintet: Hear The Light Singing

Read "Hear The Light Singing" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Myra Melford's blue chip Fire And Water quintet assuredly sidesteps second album syndrome. Hear The Light Singing stands very much the equal of the band's superlative eponymous debut. The only change is that Lesley Mok takes Susie Ibarra's place behind the trapset, otherwise the triumvirate completing the starry squad remains Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Tomeka Reid on cello and Mary Halvorson on guitar. In the liners Melford explains that the five pieces titled “Insertions" here were ...

Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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