Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, Samuel Blaser & Pia Hernandez

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Coping with the pandemic has come in many forms for musicians. Bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger decided to host a weekly streaming session where they played and commented on the world as it was happening in their NYC apartment. They culled an album's worth of music from the series and have now released it on Force Majeure. Trombonist Samuel Blaser was fortunate to squeeze in a short tour in the fall when things had eased. The pandemic however prevented pianist Russ Lossing from participating, so guitarist Marc Ducret stepped in, and turned the blues-flavoured material of an earlier Blaser release upside down. Moods is a terrific album. Also new this week, saxophonist Kevin Sun, Japan's Sunshade, solo saxophone from Daniel Rotem, Buenos Aires pianist Pia Hernandez fronting a quintet this time, Mars Williams with more Ayler-inspired holiday music, and first-meeting free improv from Marcello Magliocchi, Neil Metcalfe & Paul Wacrenier.


  • Orchestre Nazionale Della Luna "Ankkuri" from (AJMI) 00:00
  • Host speaks 10:15
  • Samuel Blaser Quartet "Early In The Mornin'" from Moods (Blaser Music) 11:52
  • Samuel Blaser Quartet "Freight Train" from Moods (Blaser Music) 22:22
  • Bruno Raberg Trio "Prospector" from Prospector (Orbis) 33:41
  • Host speaks 39:37
  • Daniel Rotem "Looming Skies" from Solo (Self-released) 40:50
  • Quin Kirchner "Sahara" from The Shadows And The Light (Astral Spirits) 45:21
  • Host speaks 50:56
  • Camila Nebbia & Dallas Vietty, Bryce Nathan, Jim Hamilton, Stephen Herrick , Maya Keren "Alas Rotas" from In Another Night, In Another World (Ears&Eyes) 52:41
  • Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet "Flood" from Delusions (Fundacja Sluchaj) 59:52
  • Host speaks 1:10:01
  • Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger "Toilet Paper Romance" from Force Majeure (International Anthem) 1:11:39
  • Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger "Wise One" from Force Majeure (International Anthem) 1:16:33
  • Francisco Mela "Suite For Leo Brouwer" from MPT Trio Volume I (577 Records) 1:24:53
  • Host speaks 1:34:11
  • Sunshade "It's Me, Itsumo, Itsumi" from Live At Velvet Sun (Self-released) 1:34:58
  • Susan Alcorn "Northeast Rising Sun" from Pedernal (Relative Pitch) 1:44:57
  • Host speaks 1:52:04
  • Pia Hernandez Quinteto "Skuld" from Relicario (Irazu) 1:53:27
  • Emanuele Passerini & Alessandro "Pacho" Rossi " Free Spirits" from Our World (Dodicilune) 2:00:04
  • Host speaks 2:07:32
  • Marcello Magliocchi, Neil Metcalfe & Paul Wacrenier "Ritual Before And After The Rain" from Ritual For Expansion (Le Fondeur De Son) 2:08:42
  • Billy Mohler Quartet "Even Tide" from Focus (Self-released) 2:18:13
  • Kevin Sun "Bad Lady" from (Un)Seaworthy (Endectomorph) 2:23:44
  • Host speaks 2:32:28
  • Mars Williams "Did You Hear They Found Light In Darkness Looking For Chestnuts" from An Ayler Christmas Vol. 4 -New York vs. Chicago (Astral Spirits) 2:33:32
  • Mara Rosenbloom Trio "Have Mercy Upon Us" from Respirations (Fresh Sound New Talent) 2:43:57
  • Host speaks 2:51:53
  • Jon Irabagon & Sylvain Rifflet "Paul Robeson" from Rebellions (BMC) 2:53:07

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