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Assif Tsahar / William Parker / Hamid Drake: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

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Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist Assif Tsahar has deep roots in the free-jazz genre, having played with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, Peter Kowald, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Herb Robertson, Cooper-Moore, and many others. Among his other associations are two albums with bassist William Parker, Sunrise in the Tone World (AUM Fidelity, 1995) and Mass for the Healing of the World (Black Saint, 1998), and a European release with Hamid Drake, Live At Glenn Miller Cafè, Soul Bodies, Vol. 2 (Ayler Records, 2002). Parker ...

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Marc Copland: Gary

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Pianist Marc Copland is the perfect interpreter of the music of bassist Gary Peacock. The artists' musical relationship began over three decades ago, and continues to this day. Peacock, best known perhaps for his long tenure in pianist Keith Jarrett's “Standards Trio," has played on numerous Copland recordings, including At Night (Sunnyside, 1992), Softly (Savoy Jazz, 1997), two out of the three of Copland's profile-boosting “New York Trio Recordings" on Pirouet Records, Modina ( 2006) and Voices (2007), and when ...

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Chuck Deardorf: Perception

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Before the tech revolution that has ushered in an era of unprecedented growth and global recognition, the city of Seattle was a bit of an outpost in the world of jazz. Since the 1920s, the city has enjoyed a vibrant and innovative jazz scene, often resulting in local musicians backing major international touring artists. The emerald city has spawned such renowned jazz icons as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Larry Coryell and Ernestine Anderson as well. In the 1970s ...

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It All About the Sax with Kyle Nasser

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This show features an interview with saxophonist Kyle Nasser talking about his career in music. We also discuss his latest album Persistent Fancy, which looks at where people originate from which can be different to where they live. As this is a jazz show there is lots of new music and some tracks from the archives as Espresso by Bob James as album of the week. Playlist Christoph Irniger Pilgrim “Big Wheel" from Crosswinds (Intakt Records) 2:10 ...

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The Boilermaker Jazz Band: I Love the Rhythm in a Riff

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Reedman Paul Cosentino knows his audience and has made a living bringing joy to thousands in the global swing and blues dancing community. As leader of the Boilermaker Jazz Band, Cosentino performs with a brand of old-fashioned showmanship as sincere as it is charming. The band put down traditional roots in the '80s, and has since flourished on the swing scene with its authentic treatment of tunes made famous by Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billy Eckstine, and more. ...

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John Turville: Head First

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Head First is British pianist John Turville's first album in a quintet format. His previous albums Midas (2010) and Conception (2012), both on the F-IRE label, were trio dates and, on his most recent album Red Skies (Splash Point Digital, 2013), he duetted with vocalist Brigitte Beraha. He has also been a member of the Solstice sextet whose album Alimentation (Two Rivers, 2016), featuring Beraha and saxophonist Tori Freestone, was received with critical acclaim. The set opens with ...

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Burning Ghosts, Alister Spence and More

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Expat bassist Mike Parker is living in Poland now and making great music with his Trio Theory. This episode kicks off with a pair of tunes from Shiny Objects, Dark Places, his latest album. You'll also hear Burning Ghosts with their musical expression of anger and distaste for the current state of American politics. The second hour features Australia's Alister Spence continued collaboration with the great Satoko Fujii, conducting her Orchestra Kobe through a set of distinctly original music. The ...

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Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

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"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the late Thelonious Monk, now resolved, over the use of Monk's image promoting the ale and related products. The Estate, represented by Monk's son drummer ...

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Kris Davis/Matt Mitchell/Aruán Ortiz/Matthew Shipp: New American Songbooks, Volume 2

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Nate Wooley--as a Producer--equals his composer, improviser, and trumpeter alter ego. The editor-in-chief of the journal Sound American and distributor of music through the label of the same name, has issued a second edition of his forward thinking New American Songbook series. New American Songbooks, Volume 1, (Pleasure of the Text, 2017) was a cooperative trio of drummer Greg Saunier, guitarist Mary Halvorson and Ron Miles on cornet. Unlike any number of familiar “Great American Songbook" collections, this one featured ...

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Lotz Of Music: Live At JazzCase

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With an upbringing that involved living in Thailand, Germany and Uganda, it was perhaps inevitable that flautist Mark Alban Lotz would take a global approach to his craft as a musician. His substantial recorded output (over a dozen releases to his name, to date) bears ample witness to his restless quest for new forms of expression, while always remaining at least tangentially rooted in the jazz tradition. On his latest release, a live recording from JazzCase in Dommelhof, Belgium, Lotz ...

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Baiju Bhatt: Eastern Sonata

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Every day more emigrants leave their homelands. And as they travel their musics shadow them. The songs follow the singers into their new homes and, just as the people learn the language, the tunes adopt the new country's phrases. Adding its musics to the sonic lexicons of their native countries. So that new songs will be written. Where these lands meet in rhythms and melodies. Baiju Bhatt and Red Sun's Eastern Sonata is the sound of such a ...

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Richie Cole: Cannonball

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Richie Cole and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. It's as natural as soap and water. In an interview on this site, Cole proclaimed that the famed jazz musician was his favorite altoist. Like Adderley, Cole can cover a wide range of music--from the hardest of hard bop to commercial ditties. And also like Adderley, for Cole the audience comes first. The two Charlie Parker influenced altoists never recorded together, although Cole did get to know Adderley casually. Meeting him and ...