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Kronos Quartet/Terry Riley: Sun Rings

Read "Sun Rings" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

In addition to their performance of 20th century classics, modern music specialists The Kronos Quartet has a long history of commissioning new works from contemporary composers. But their relationship with minimalist pioneer Terry Riley is a special one. After composing the open-scored In C in 1964, Riley increasingly turned his attention towards improvised performances with tape-delay and organ--later adding voice (inspired by studying Indian raga singing with Pandit Pran Nath) and substituting synthesizer for organ. When Riley and ...

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Count Basie & Kenny Drew

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Simply becuase we love that large and needed big band sound, we begin episode 612 of Neon Jazz with Dan Bonsanti leading his group of masterful musicians with their take on the jazz. From there, we zig zag around the jazz universe to show listeners where we have been and how far we are going wtih the art form. From the new cats like Lafayette Gilchrist to the sounds of Kenny Drew. We strive to give you the audio thoughts ...

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George Shearing Centennial, Woodstock turns 50 and the Charlie Parker Festival

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The celebration of 1969 continued in this broadcast, which included new releases from vocalists Nicholas Bearde, The New York Voices and Quiana Lynell, pianist Alberto Pibiri & the Al Peppers, plus a special Woodstock tribute by Erik Applegate & Time Child, with birthday shout outs to Pat Metheny in the first hour, Mary Stallings (80!) and George Shearing in the third hour (100!), and Bill Evans in the final hour, among others. As always, a preview of who played in ...

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Dave O'Higgins & Rob Luft: Plays Monk & Trane

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Hearing the young British guitarist Rob Luft for the first time on his debut album, Riser (Edition, 2017), was rather like hearing American guitarist Johnny Smith for the first time on Moonlight In Vermont (Roost, 1956). You knew you were listening to something special. And while much separates the players' styles, much unites them, too: Smith's signature was long-form chorded passages, Luft's is effervescent single-note runs, but both approaches are intensely melodic and are enabled by virtuosic techniques, lightly worn. ...

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Peter Eldridge, Kenny Werner: Somewhere

Read "Somewhere" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Singer Peter Eldridge, founding member of the famed New York Voices, and veteran pianist and composer Kenny Werner, a world-class performer for over 40 years, finally come together for a collaboration of talent and song that has been percolating for nearly a decade. The result is the incredible, sophisticated harmonic treasure Somewhere, a masterful fusion of song, talent and magic, nicely wrapped in an audacious eleven-track vocal album. The breadth of the project was not fully known to ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Marcus Miller at Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University

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Marcus Miller Academic Community Hall of Hong Kong Baptist University, Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 12, 2019 You gotta feel for Russell Gunn--the trumpet player employed to spend around a half-hour every night being Miles Davis. Of course, as a member of Marcus Miller's band, it's not unreasonable to expect a nightly run through “Tutu," the title track of Davis' 1986 Warners debut--widely dismissed at the time, now held up as an ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Vinyl Frontier: The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record

Read "The Vinyl Frontier: The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Vinyl Frontier:The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record Jonathon Scott 288 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4729-5613-2 Bloomsbury Sigma 2019 It was a message-in-a-bottle on a truly cosmic scale. In 1977, two golden records containing images, music and sounds from Earth were attached to the sides of the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft and launched into deep space. The records were intended as a cosmic greeting and a message of peace to any ...

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Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller

Read "Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saying that a piece of music is lyrical presupposes a quality that is hard to define. You know what it is until you need to explain it. The Cambridge Dictionary says that it means: “expressing personal thoughts and feelings in a beautiful way," which doesn't really say much. In music, storytelling is just as elusive. It's easy when you tell a story through words, but musical storytelling without words is hard to define. Perhaps it will do to say that ...

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Noah Preminger Group: Zigsaw: Music Of Steve Lampert

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Tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger has dedicated considerable effort into his imprint on jazz variations of the delta blues with Some Other Time (Newvelle, 2016), Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar (Self-Produced, 2016) and Meditations on Freedom (Self-Produced, 2017). Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert is a departure in concept and content with a single extended track composed by Steve Lampert. With this album, Preminger hits a new peak with the fourteenth album in his prolific career. Steve Lampert is ...

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Thomas/Butcher/Solberg: Fictional Souvenirs

Read "Fictional Souvenirs" reviewed by John Sharpe

Free improvisers favor ephemeral lineups more than most musicians. They keep things fresh and present new challenges. But most improvisers are also fond of particular groupings or connections. That's definitely the case with the British pairing of saxophonist John Butcher, keyboardist and electronicist Pat Thomas and Norwegian drummer Stale Liavik Solberg. They have worked together in various constellations, such that Fictional Souvenirs might be seen as a follow up of sorts to His Flights At Ten (Iluso, 2018) by a ...

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Marc Jordan: Both Sides

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American-born Canadian singer and songwriter Marc Jordan, who covers a wide range of genres, including jazz, unveils his first album since 2013 with one of his finest recordings to date on the soft and breezy balladic Both Sides. Containing lush romantic jazz arrangements of contemporary standards and recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker among others, this is one masterpiece of a recording that speaks to the heart. Also included in this special musical package are a ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More

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First show of the month and that means September Blue Note 50th anniversary celebrations of sessions by Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Candido. In honor of Blue Note's 80th anniversary we go way back in the vault to continue our numerical issue 78 rpm retrospective— this time BN-13 from Sidney Bechet. There's 21st century music from trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, UK pianist Sarah Tandy & bassist Per Mathisen (with wicked guitar work from Ulf Wakenius!). Along the way, a ...


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