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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea Jazz at Lincoln Center The Rose Theater New York, NY November 16, 2019 Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Rose Theater, witnessed a very special meeting which occurred on-stage between two legendary jazz pianists, Chucho Valdés and Chick Corea. Both musically prolific, and having won more than 30 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards combined while redefining modern music in the process. Chucho Valdés hugged and shook ...

FILM REVIEWS

Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes

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Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes Director: Sophie Huber Run Time: 111 minutes Eagle Rock Entertainment 2019 Blue Note fans will love this film. It is an unblemished, 360-degree, feel-good feast for the eyes and the ears. Intended by director Sophie Huber to make sense to newcomers to jazz, Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes does not offer any arcane new perspectives on the label. It is instead a ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Miguel Zenon Celebrates Sonero!

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As the song's lyrics about freedom were sung, the child's conscience consumed them whole. This child, ten years young at the time, had never heard the singer, Ismael Rivera, or the song, “Las Tumbas," before, but, three decades later, this initial impression remains in Miguel Zenon's memory. “I was taken by the song's overall structure and the way his voice worked within the song," said Zenon, an alto saxophonist, composer, and band leader, whose music has earned him ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Fraser - Kris Davis - Tony Malaby (with Ingrid Laubrock & Lina Allemano): Zoning

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Nate Cross' Astral Spirits imprint has steadily become one of the go-to options for fans of adventurous music. With over a hundred releases in its five-year existence, including well over thirty in 2019 alone, the label has maintained an impressive commitment to both quality and quantity. However, an output this extensive can result in a few worthy releases falling through the cracks. Hopefully, that won't happen to Zoning, a particularly strong record which features the collective talents of drummer Nick ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ezra Weiss Big Band: We Limit Not The Truth of God

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In 2015 Ezra Weiss began to compose a suite that he intended would be a cautiously optimistic message to his young children about the world they were living in and the challenges and promise they would face as they grew up. By the time this music was completed and recorded in December 2018, its mood and message had changed dramatically. This suite is now an impassioned cry by Weiss on how he and his children might cope with the dark, ...

RADIO

Women of Jazz, New Releases, and a look back at Azimuth

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This programme is all about female vocalists with some of the years best new releases plus there's a look back at the music of Azimuth featuring the great Norma Winstone. Featured new albums are from Sonia Johnson, Heather Bambrick and Brenda Earle Stokes. Playlist Sonia Johnson “Storm" from Chrysalis (Self Released) 00:00 Brenda Earle Stokes “The Consequences of Falling" from Solo Sessions Vol. 1 (Allsheeneeds Music) 05:42 Azimuth “Azimuth" from Azimuth (ECM) 11:31 Heather Bambrick “You've Got ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evgeny Sivtsov: Zoo

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On Zoo, composer and pianist Evgeny Sivtsov reimagines and contrasts jazz styles in a clever and skillful manner. Sivtsov sounds like a cross between Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, or even Lennie Tristano—not just in his technique, but in his attack as well. This makes for piano playing that, depending upon the number, is at times robust or subdued, but always steeped in the jazz tradition. On his six original compositions, he's joined by bassist Dan Chmielinski and drummer Shawn Baltazor. ...

RADIO

Get Theyself to the Garden Party

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A couple of catalog items, a couple of brand new releases--hey, you've got yourself a podcast! Talk ranges from a little-known seventies progressive jazz outing to a classic ECM eighties joint and then turns to two releases so hot off the presses the internet is still sizzling. In pop matters, Mike breaks down a Rudresh Mahanthappa concert he caught recently and then waxes poetic about nearly watching the Replacements break up. Playlist Discussion of The Contemporary Jazz ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Lynch Big Band: The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music

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Aside from being a multi-award-winning trumpeter and composer, Brian Lynch appears to be an avid reader and social arbiter as well. His twenty-third album as leader, a two-CD set whose protracted and austere name, The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music, belies its bold and free-hearted nature, is dedicated to a number of writers, most in the realms of equity and civil rights, who have quickened Lynch's inquiring mind and shaped his bright and perceptive music. ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Lyder Øvreås Røed: The Moon Doesn't Drink

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A promising own-name debut from the Norwegian trumpeter, Lyder Øvreås Røed's The Moon Doesn't Drink has both feet planted in analogue-era jazz yet sounds wholly modern. Røed's melodic, intimate style and burnished tone may be reminiscent of pre-electric Miles Davis, but if this album comes across, at times, a bit like Davis' Kind Of Blue (CBS, 1959), it sounds more like natural vibe than conscious retro. Røed shares the frontline with tenor saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg, whose spiritual-jazz infused ...

RADIO

Day and Taxi, Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More

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First out of the mixed bag of audio treats this week (it's Halloween after all!) is a track from Oliver Lake's first recording 43 years ago Ntu: The Point from Which Creation Begins. I haven't played Oliver in a while and that seemed like a good place to begin catching up. Adam Rudolph's epic project, Ragmala, combines his Go: Organic Orchestra with the Brooklyn Raga Massive for a 40-musician rhythm-rich set of music. Smaller groups debuting new releases are Swiss ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ahmad Jamal: Trio & Quintet Recordings With Ray Crawford

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This 2xCD reissue comprises three of Ahmad Jamal's early and mid 1950s trio albums plus a fourth recorded in 1960 with a quintet. Between times, Jamal had released the totemic trio set At The Pershing (Argo, 1958), which included the break-out single “Poinciana" (his first, equally lovely, 1955 recording of Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier's tune is included here). Jamal divided opinion in the 1950s. Some critics wrote him off as “just" a cocktail pianist whose touch ...


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