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INTERVIEWS

Sam Tshabalala: Returning Home

Read "Sam Tshabalala: Returning Home" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

The late 1970s saw a surge of extraordinary musical creativity in South Africa. Driven in part by a changing political climate reflecting the youth-led Soweto uprising of 1976, a younger generation of South African artists harnessed the arts to give voice to a new chapter in the anti-apartheid struggle. Indeed, rising ensembles like Movement in the City, Sakhile, and The Beaters all embodied this post-1976 ethos, both in their messages and in their cross-genre vision for music. Within ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Vasilis Xenopoulos

Read "Take Five with Vasilis Xenopoulos" reviewed by Vasilis Xenopoulos

About Vasilis Xenopoulos Saxophonist, composer and educator Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. jny: London became his permanent home after graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music in jny: Boston and gradually established himself as one of London's up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians of the international jazz scene as a band ...

RADIO

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Time for tunes that moved you from Shows 361-370. Our concerts in Baton Rouge clearly resonated with you. Many of the most commented upon tracks featured artists that performed in Baton Rouge this Winter and Spring. Works for me. Just because you may be out-of-town shouldn't phase you though. We tally all of our listener comments world- wide. So don't be shy. Fire up your email client and drop us a line when the spirit hits you. Enjoy the show. ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Lucy O'Day and The Simon Latarche Trio: Honeymoon

Read "Honeymoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist and composer Simon Latarche has been very active on the performance front but has not released new music since his self-produced Cornish Preludes, Book II (Pentreath Music, 2012). As he did on that album's prequel, Latarche worked in a septet format, closing each album with a revealing solo piano piece. Though he tours with several formations, much of his recent work has been in a trio format where his fine playing receives more attention. In 2017 Latarche began working ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Naomi Moon Siegel: Live at Earshot

Read "Live at Earshot" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Trombonist and composer Naomi Moon Siegel burst onto the national scene through eight formative and enlightening years in Seattle. Steeped in the explorative jazz and improvised music scene there, she discovered her unique voice playing in projects such as Wayne Horvitz's Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, and the folk/jazz duo Syrinx Effect with saxophonist Kate Olson. In 2016 she released her debut album Shoebox View (self produced, 2016), showcasing her compositional talents as well as a trombone style ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Nathan & Jessie: You're The Star

Read "You're The Star" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

For a younger generation of musicians, it is often a daunting task to get into so-called older musical forms, particularly those connected to jazz. Usually, they have two paths on offer--slavishly following the route taken by the prominent artists whose steps they are trying to follow, or letting their imagination flow freely and combining musical elements as if they were their own. Either way, if you want to come up with something good, you have to really accumulate musical knowledge ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy: Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door

Read "Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Recorded loud and live at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT, Ralph Peterson—the last drummer to play side-by-side with the incomparable Art Blakey—delivers an unstoppable two-disc hyperdrive swing-fest celebration of his mentor with Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door. It's no deep state secret that Blakey, with his effortless and effusive glee, seamlessly bridged all of jazz's thrilling variants: '40's swing and blues; the nascent bop and hard bop of the '50s to ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Le French May Live Jazz Series in Hong Kong

Read "Le French May Live Jazz Series in Hong Kong" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Samy Thiébault; Laïka and the Unit Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre Le French May Arts Festival: Live Jazz Series Hong Kong May 21-22, 2019 The now-annual Live Jazz Series of long-running Hong Kong arts fest Le French May might have slimmed in size and shifted from a primetime weekend to lukewarm midweek slot--yet the program's gaze has been refreshingly realigned. Where the three-day 2018 series saw visiting French jazz musicians ...

RADIO

The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast opened with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and mother of Catherine Russell), among others. Playlist Jen Hodge “Chocolate Magic Mushrooms" from All's Fair in Love and Jazz (Self ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Patricia Barber: Higher

Read "Higher" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Patricia Barber is more than the sum of her talents. As a composer, she peels back the craft of song to expose its barest textures, cultivating each like a tree that, while holding its own shape above ground, makes apparent the roots below it. As a singer, she understands not only that we perform our voices but also that our voices perform us. Whether crooning through the Great American Songbook, as on Nightclub (Blue Note, 2000), or rowing through intensely ...

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ALBUM REVIEWS

Keith Tippett: The Unlonely Raindancer

Read "The Unlonely Raindancer" reviewed by Matt Parker

Some people find that solo piano albums, no matter how highly regarded they may be, struggle to hold their attention for a full listen. This can often be attributed to the relatively small timbral palette apparently available to pianists. However, nothing could be further from the truth regarding the extraordinary performances of Keith Tippett documented in this beautiful reissue of the seminal album The Unlonely Raindancer (Universe Productions, 1980). Tippett draws a seemingly limitless supply of hitherto unimaginable sounds from ...