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Stefon Harris & Joe Locke: Vibes Away!

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Within the realm of modern jazz, the vibraphone has long enticed unusually imaginative musicians to explore the possibilities of the instrument. Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton have essentially reinvented the vibes for successive generations, while Warren Wolf and Yuhan Su, among others, continue to reconfigure its appeal to entice contemporary audiences. Respective studio works of Stefon Harris and Joe Locke demonstrate how each may also be rightfully numbered among the modern visionaries of the vibes, the records also ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tessa Souter: Picture in Black and White

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New York-based vocalist Tessa Souter is becoming treasured among jazz fans and musicians alike. Equally effective in clubs, in concert and on her several fine recordings, she combines the sonority, vocal range and discipline of a classical contralto with subtle and sultry jazz inflections. Everything she sings is well thought out and in good taste. She works with the best instrumentalists and has a consummate grasp of both swing and the modern jazz idiom, as well as folk and world ...

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Jam Session Coast To Coast/Jammin' at Condon's

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen.CD Capsule 1950's straight-ahead jazz, spiced with ad lib commentary by impressario/guitarist Condon. The musicians are laid back and having fun. Kick off your shoes and join them.Background In the 1940's and 50's, Eddie Condon was a legendary presence in the world of jazz. A tireless promoter, proselytizer and spokesman, he presided over his own Manhattan ...

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Cuong Vu 4Tet: Change In The Air

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Seattle-based trumpeter Cuong Vu continues his collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell that began with It's Mostly Residual (AUAND, 2006). His previous 4Tet release, Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs (RareNoise Records, 2017), was also made by the same personnel. But this time, instead of interpretations of an outside composer, every group member contributes compositionally, including Vu, Frisell, bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor. Vu emphasizes that this is very much a collective project; his role as “leader" was basically ...

RADIO

A profile of Steve Coleman and more

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This week Neon Jazz profiles the life and prodigious work of Steve Coleman. From his most recent release, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets), to the early days of his career in 1985 with Motherland Pulse. The show features an interview with Steve Coleman about his life in music, playing live at the Vanguard, his love of Bird and more. Also featured is the New Orleans jazz-rock band Bonerama with a cut off ...

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Peter Madsen & Alfred Vogel: I Ching

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Even if it all turns out to be hogwash in the end, the mysteries of the I Ching--its divination powers, its myth and madness--have held the world's consciousness in awe and fear for at least three thousand years. These legends and provocations are explored with resounding depth and clarity on I Ching, with pianist Peter Madsen and drummer Alfred Vogel tackling a series of sixteen captivating improvisations, each predicated on a throw of the I Ching's coins and the variables ...

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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

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From leading the psychedelic '60s charge with Pink Floyd to a more experimental, free rock/jazz stratagem that incorporated whatever sound caught its collective musical ear, Soft Machine included, over the course of nearly two decades, a colorful cast of eccentrics, like guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Andy Summers, drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt, bassist Hugh Hopper, and fuzz organist maestro Mike Ratledge. Nearly four decades later, Soft Machine still makes a far ranging, far flung sound like no other. Most aware ...

RADIO

Verheyen, Copland, van der Feen, McPherson Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Robin Verheyen can switch effortlessly between jazz, rock and Bach, but concentrates on acoustic improvisation with his New York quartet. The Flemish saxophonist performed recently at the BIMHUIS, accompanied by his band TaxiWars, which features dEUS frontman and cult indie legend Tom Barman. Verheyen lived in Brussels and Paris before moving to New York, where he is making waves for, among other things, his collaborations with some of the greats of improvisation, such as Marc Copland, Gary Peacock ...

IN PICTURES

Guido Harari: A Primer

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I started out in the early Seventies as a music photographer and journalist, also exploring reportage, fashion, advertising and corporate photography. I have produced record covers for Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. In Italy I have collaborated with all the major stars, including Andrea Bocelli, Paolo Conte, Fabrizio De André, Maestro Riccardo Muti and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti, PFM, Vasco ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio at October Revolution Festival

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Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio October Revolution Festival Christ Church Neighborhood House (Great Hall) Philadelphia, PA October 6, 2018 It isn't often one attends a jazz piano trio concert where the group plays a single totally improvised composition for about an hour. It would seem as daunting to the audience to hear as for the musicians to play. But pianist Dave Burrell is a masterful pioneering musician who recently earned the ...