We might be living in difficult times but the music scene, key to our mental well-being in this challenging phase, is on fire. Literally every day it brings us new voices or new projects. This week we feature a few, with a special focus on vocalists, from the powerful debut of Ve.Nika to Dominique Fils-Aimé's remarkable third, and final, chapter of her African-American Trilogy; from Kirk Knuffke's projects to two remarkable Scandinavian singers (LILLY's exquisite modern takes on the Great American Songbook and Josefine Cronholm's project inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg) to the prog vibes of Oba Loba featuring Belgian singer Lynn Cassiers as well as Valentin Ceccaldi, Théo Ceccaldi & le Grand Orchestre du Tricot featuring the signature vocals of Thomas de Pourquery. Philippe Lemm's piano trio featuring the late Angelo di Loreto, the 36-year collaboration of Roberto Cipelli and Paolo Fresu, Stefano Tamborrino's blend of jazz and chamber music and the funky side of Lawrence Sieberth's New Orleans-meets-Paris project complete the packed playlist.
Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
Ve.Nika "Dangerous Energy" Dangerous Energy -Single (Self-released) 0:16
Host talks 4:49
Philippe Lemm Trio "Malambo" First Steps (Outside In) 7:09
Dominique Fils-Aimé "Fall and All" Three Little Words (Modulor) 14:25
Host talks 16:56
Lawrence Sieberth "Kinetic #8" An Evening in Paris (Musik Blöc) 18:21
Lilly "Up Jumped Spring" Up Jumped Spring -Single (Double Moon) 24:07
Host talks 30:18
Josefine Cronholm, Kirk Knuffke, Thommy Andersson "I Sang" Near the Pond (Stunt) 32:18
Valentin Ceccaldi, Théo Ceccaldi & le Grand Orchestre du Tricot "La règle du scarabée" Constantine (Full Rhizome) 45:26
Host talks 49:55
Oba Loba "Pantufa Alcalina" Pantufa Alcalina (Silent Water) 52:50
Photo credit: Steven Haberland
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