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Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Atlantic Records: More Giant Steps: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun's Atlantic Records differs in one key respect from Prestige, Riverside, Impulse!, Strata-East and Flying Dutchman, the most prominent labels covered so far in this Building A Jazz Library series. Those labels' discographies consist almost exclusively of jazz. Atlantic had parallel interests in soul and rhythm-and-blues and, later, rock. This had consequences, as we shall see in a moment. Atlantic was founded in New York in 1947 by jazz and blues enthusiasts Ahmet Ertegun, ...

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Jon Hassell: Seeing Through Sound: Pentimento Volume Two

Read "Seeing Through Sound: Pentimento Volume Two" reviewed by Chris May

By the time even the most radical musicians reach their ninth decade, few are any longer making cutting-edge work. But trumpeter, electronicist and composer Jon Hassell, a collaborator with Terry Riley and La Monte Young in the 1960s and the creator of Fourth World music in the 1970s, remains as venturesome as ever. Much of Seeing Through Sound: Pentimento Volume Two was recorded during the sessions for Hassell's lustrous Listening To Pictures: Pentimento Volume One (Ndeya, 2018). ...

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Vanessa Perica, Immanuel Wilkins, Steve Cardenas & More New Releases

Read "Vanessa Perica, Immanuel Wilkins, Steve Cardenas & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Spectacular debut releases by Vanessa Perica, Immanuel Wilkins and Micah Thomas; international and inter-generataional collaborations between Marcin Wasilewski and Joe Lovano, and among Juhani Aaltonen, Jonas Kullhammar, Christian Meaas Svendsen, Ilmari Heikinheimo; three bands, lead by Michael Wolff, Steve Cardenas and Dave Glasser, revolving around the thick and catchy pulse of Ben Allison's bass and much more in this edition of Mondo Jazz. Happy listening. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Darek Oleszkiewicz: The Promise

Read "The Promise" reviewed by Jim Worsley

As much as John Coltrane left us, blessedly, with a bounty of notes, he also captured a bevy of moods within his artform. While there is much freedom of artistry, and hence note selection, in bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz's solo tribute to Trane, it is the latter that sets this Coltrane adventure apart. That and some virtuosic bass playing that astutely binds musical connectivity, spiritual acuity, and earth tone sensibilities. In a faraway land, known as pre-pandemic 2020, Oleskiewicz ...

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Struttin With Some Barbeque - Celebrating July 4 with Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Friends

Read "Struttin With Some Barbeque - Celebrating July 4 with Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Friends" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Independence Day broadcast included new releases from Jimmy Heath featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant, vocalists Kathleen Grace, Melody Gardot and drummer Jake Reed with birthday shoutouts to Rhoda Scott, Lena Horne, Natalie Cressman and Louis Armstrong (yes we know, it's really in August but he claimed July 4 for his own and who are we to argue) . Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist ...

ALBUM REVIEW

A Bu: Live At Beijing Poly Theater

Read "Live At Beijing Poly Theater" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beijing's Poly Theater has held over three-thousand international artistic events since its opening in 1991. The prestigious fifteen-hundred seat cultural hub was the site of a 2018 solo piano concert by Dai Liang (aka, A Bu), possibly the best unknown pianist in music. A prodigy who began playing at four, the pianist was discovered in 2012 by the President of China's division of the electronics/media giant Sennheiser. Only thirteen at the time, he was then connected with a Grammy- winning ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Barre Phillips/Mike Bullock: At Home

Read "At Home" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

With End To End (ECM Records, 2018), Barre Phillips made his final major statement in the solo double bass format he created. In 2019 fellow American bassist Mike Bullock visited him at his secluded mountainside home in France, a 17th century stone house attached to an 11th century stone church. The pair spent a couple of relaxed hours in the Chapelle Sainte Philomène playing solos on Phillips' double bass, each playing a few minutes and passing the instrument back and ...


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