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Per Texas Johansson, Anke Helfrich & Machine Mass Sextet


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Last show of another year of great music, and I usually try to do something special or different, but I was kind of tapped out for ideas until I happened to come across We'll Rise, a new recording by German pianist and singer, Anke Helfrich. I loved the message she was trying to convey through her music and recognized a real talent. So even if this one tends more to the mainstream than I usually play, I chose Anke's album as the year-end feature. It's in hour three. There's new music from the great Swedish saxophonist Per Texas Johansson, from Off Records (Machine Mass, Macondo Trio and pianist Jesse Elder), Thomas Heberer's Remedy, and sizzling bassist Carlos Barretto from Portugal. Top that off with a preview of an upcoming release by Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and it's a worthy show to wrap up '23. On to 2024 and the continuing proof that JAZZ THRIVES! (Note: this episode may be unavailable in some countries. Contact me and I'll happily send it to you.)


  • Carlos Barretto's Lokomotiv "Tumba Laka Muna Kiri Taka Piri" from 25 (Self-released) 00:00
  • Host speaks 07:16
  • Machine Mass Sextet "Intro" from Intrusion (Off Records) 09:54
  • Machine Mass Sextet "The Roll" from Intrusion (Off Records) 12:04
  • Rosato/Bartolo/Gadaleta/Cusa "Freak" from Another Point Of View (Improvisatore Involuntario) 20:59
  • Host speaks 26:19
  • Jesse Elder "Solar Plexus" from The Winding Shell (Off Records) 28:01
  • Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Helias & Bobby Previte "The Call Back" from 2.3.23 (Outline) 34:33
  • Sam Trapchak "Land Grab" from Land Grab (Raw Toast) 39:36
  • Bacchanalia Orchestra "Prende La Vela" from Live At Sexyland (Doek Raw) 47:49
  • Host speaks 55:18
  • Konrad Agnas, Mattias Ståhl, Per Texas Johansson & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten "Skin" from All Slow Dream Gone (Moserobie) 56:45
  • Francesco Cusa "Sun Ra Vs Donald Trump" from From Sun Ra To Donald Trump (Clean Feed) 1:02:56
  • Host speaks 1:13:56
  • Per Texas Johansson "Var Ar Musiken" from Den sämsta lösningen av alla (Moserobie) 1:17:14
  • Per Texas Johansson "Den Sista Isen" from Den sämsta lösningen av alla (Moserobie) 1:23:06
  • Piergiorgio Pirro "In Do" from Fold Unfold Refold (Aut Records) 1:26:55
  • Host speaks 1:31:01
  • Thomas Heberer Remedy "One For Mark" from Remedy II (FSR Records) 1:32:51
  • Thomas Agergaard Quartet "Selected Study" from Narrations (Self-released) 1:39:02
  • Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet "The Xam Xam & A Well Of A Pure Light" from The Year Of The Elephant (Pi Recordings) 1:48:55
  • Host speaks 1:57:11
  • Macondo Trio "Macondo" from Macondo (Off Records) 1:58:35
  • Macondo Trio "Hawen Vive De" from Macondo (Off Records) 2:03:13
  • Ethnic Heritage Ensemble "Compared To What" from Open Me, A Higher Consciousness of Sound And Spirit (Spiritmuse) 2:06:15
  • Host speaks 2:14:30
  • Anke Helfrich "Time Will Tell" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:19:09
  • Anke Helfrich "Prologue-Colors Of Frida" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:27:35
  • Anke Helfrich "La Obscura" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:29:17
  • Anke Helfrich "'Cos I'm Free" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:34:42
  • Anke Helfrich "Miniature La Speranza Di Cabiria" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:43:28
  • Anke Helfrich "Enfin Dans La Lumiere" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:44:27
  • Anke Helfrich "Secret Of Photo 51" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:49:59
  • Anke Helfrich "Sophisticated Lady" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:56:06
  • Anke Helfrich"The Nell-Nica" from We'll Rise (Enja) 2:58:51
  • Anke Helfrich"We'll Rise" from We'll Rise (Enja) 3:04:55

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