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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at Pier 17

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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Pier 17 New York, NY August 18, 2019 They say “It Don't Come Easy" but Richard Starkey has a way of making it look easy. Especially when Starkey, aka Ringo Starr, has a little help from his friends, The All Starr Band, who are spending August of 2019 winding their way across North America and celebrating 30 years of making magic together. Born in an inner ...

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Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity

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Trish Clowes' stock has risen steadily since her debut, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), which featured jazz quartet and, on several tracks, orchestra. That record announced a promising and ambitious voice, one equally at home with jazz and classical colors. Since then the saxophonist has continued to explore the meeting of jazz, voice and strings, attracting a growing chorus of admirers along the way. With the critically acclaimed My Iris (Basho Records, 2017), Clowes opted for a more stripped down, jazz ...

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Michele Rabbia - Gianluca Petrella - Eivind Aarset: Lost River

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There is a bewitching soundscape from a group of subtle and skilled aural sculptors on this beautifully abstract ECM Records session. The players' backgrounds touch on jazz, electronics, European folk and much more, but none of that really matters here. Their approach on Lost River is free of form and convention in the most liberating sense. That doesn't mean they go atonal or meander going nowhere as some free jazz does; it does mean their open-ended improvisations create an immersive ...

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Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

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Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection of moon songs penned by women to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Playlist Aaron Weinstein, John Pizzarelli “Diga Diga ...

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Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband: Tor & Vale

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Virtuoso guitarist Mark Wingfield was last heard leading a trio on Tales From The Dreaming City (MoonJune Records, 2018). He and pianist Gary Husband may have never played duets together before, but the results sound like it was inevitable--a fated meeting. Opener “Kittiwake" is the first of Wingfield's compositions, a lyrical legato guitar line over a vaguely martial rhythm on the piano. Wingfield lays out for Husband's lovely piano solo, which leads seamlessly into a guitar solo. The piece ends ...

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The Band: Woodstock

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When the Band took the stage at Woodstock, late Sunday evening, August 17, 1969, they were a little over a month away from releasing their second recording, The Band (Capitol, the “Brown Album") and a year past the release of their debut recording, Music from Big Pink (Capitol, 1968). Later, on January 12, 1970, the group was featured in Time Magazine as “The New Sound of Country Rock." All of this was happening smack dab between stints as Bob Dylan's ...

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Chick Corea: Music With The Fun Factor

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Chick Corea is a musical icon, having amassed a career that runs through most styles of jazz and has veered off into classical experiments as a well. Freedom of expression is always being at the core. His amazing musical journey—over five decades as a solo artist—has had him rubbing elbows with some of the best musicians in history—Stan Getz to Sarah Vaughan. Herbie Hancock John McLaughlin, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Gary Burton and so many more. In the ...

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Shalosh: Onwards and Upwards Indeed

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Shalosh is the Hebrew word for “three," and also a powerhouse piano trio from jny: Jerusalem with a dynamic rhythm section featuring drummer Matan Assayag and bassist David Michaeli with Gadi Stern on the keys. The group formed in 2014 when Stern and Assayag, who've known each other since childhood, joined with Michaeli for the trio's debut record. Their emphasis on co-leadership has been evident since the beginning. These days they are enjoying a significant surge in recognition ...

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Pharoah Sanders: Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins

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The first official (allegedly) release of this album for over 30 years, Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins July 21, 1968 captures Pharoah Sanders on the cusp of stylistic change. It is a disc hardcore Sanders fans will treasure. From 1965-1967, with his own bands and in those led by John Coltrane, Sanders' paint-stripping sonics matched those of Albert Ayler. But in 1967, on his second album as leader, Tauhid (Impulse!), Sanders signalled a new direction. The disc ...

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Kevin Hays & Lionel Loueke: Hope

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It would have been easy to leave well enough alone. Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke made a delightful recording the first time around--a most happy clash of hemispheres blending urban jazz and world-folk balladry, crossing upbeat piano with lively scat- singing, frisky African rhythm play and much more. Nonetheless, a slot with Edition Records offered them a chance to revisit the work and give it a wider release than its 2017 initial vinyl pressing on the Newvelle Records subscription label. ...

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Jesse Byrom-Carter: The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday

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Jesse Byrom-Carter is a young bassist from Australia who has put together a CD that uses several talented players on horns, guitar and vocals to carve a distinctive path within the world of rock, jazz and soul fusions. One of his key collaborators is guitarist Adam Rogers whose distinctive slippery sound slithers through the prog-funk of “As Is" and “The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday," loosening up their sharp, angular rhythms. “The Next Tomorrow Is Yesterday" is also notable ...

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Dan Tepfer & Kirk Knuffke: Generous Versatility

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Dan Tepfer and Kirk Knuffke are two musicians that, despite being being only in their thirties, have already become reference players on their respective instruments. Known for their versatility, which allows them to be equally at home with the repertoires of Johann Sebastian Bach or Erik Satie as well as with all-out improvisation, they have a capacity to make their collaborators shine. This mixtape features some highlights from their already extensive discography as leaders or sidemen. Happy ...