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
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