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Michael Blake: Combobulate

Read "Combobulate" reviewed by Chris May

The instrumentation alone promises something out of the ordinary. Saxophone, two tubas, trumpet, trombone, drums. Then there are the musicians, luminaries of downtown New York jazz. Michael Blake, Bob Stewart, Marcus Rojas, Steven Bernstein, Clark Gayton, Allan Mednard. And within seconds of the needle descending on track one, side one, Combobulate starts delivering on the promise. The album is one of four marking the return of audiophile-vinyl label Newvelle after a two-year hiatus. The approximate meaning of its ...

Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein

Read "Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the very talented jazz veteran Steven Bernstein with his Millenial Territory Orchestra, we start the 744th Episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we hear his hero in Duke Ellington. We listen to new music from jazz veterans like Michael Weiss, Farzin Farhadi, Eric Person and Bernie Senensky. Finally, we salute the late-great Ron Miles who we unexpectedly recently lost at the age of 58. Enjoy the jazz, my friends.Playlist Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra “Planet B" Tinctures ...

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Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1

Read "Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on Steven Bernstein and Michael Brecker, the quintessential jazz-hackers of the pop world. If you heard a compelling saxophone solo on a high-end pop or rock production, especially between the 1970s and 1990s, you could bet it was by Michael Brecker, who over the years has appeared on almost 1000 albums. Likewise, if you have been struck by an elegant yet quirky arrangement on a high-end pop or rock album from the past two ...

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Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part I

Read "Avant-Retro or Retro-Avant? Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Rigid categories are not what music should be about. This week we focus on music that some may file under “retro" but is performed by musicians that are often labelled “avant," it may not sound exactly how Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 or Fess Williams and the Royal Flush Orchestra would have played, but hey... it's 2020 and it debunks the notion that musicians that may like it skronky don't know how to swing. Case in point: Steven ...

Album Review

Steven Bernstein, Paolo Fresu, Gianluca Petrella, Marcus Rojas: Brass Bang!

Read "Brass Bang!" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

All'inizio c'è la voce di Steve Bernstein che su un sottofondo di fanfara snocciola una sequenza di frasi in italiano maccheronico, da turista fai da te, poi irrompe Duke Ellington, la sua “Black and Tan Fantasy" ha pienezza orchestrale, colori vividi e sorprendente delicatezza. Anche i Rolling Stones? Così parrebbe perché l'inconfondibile melodia di “As Tears Go By" si svela solo dopo quasi sei minuti di sonorità misteriose, siderali, richiami dallo spazio o dalle profondità marine che improvvisamente si assemblano ...

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Sex Mob: Plays Fellini

Read "Plays Fellini" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nino Rota, l'immaginario felliniano e i Sex Mob. Una triangolazione perfetta. Talmente perfetta che vien da chiedersi come mai si sia fatta disco soltanto all'alba del 2013. La risposta è nelle note di copertina. Racconta Steven Bernstein che l'idea dell'omaggio gli ronzava in testa da un bel pezzo. Ma suona qua e partecipa là, si è arrivati al dunque sette anni dopo l'ultima fatica della band: Sexotica, uscito nel 2006. Da allora un live (con John Medeski, pubblicato dalla Thirsty ...


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