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Sarah Tandy: Infection In The Sentence

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Sarah Tandy made a mark on the alternative London jazz scene three years ago as the pianist on alto saxophonist Camilla George's luminous debut, Isang (Ubuntu). More recently, she has played piano and keyboards on two other headline albums: George's The People Could Fly (Ubuntu, 2018), and alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi's SEED Ensemble's debut, Driftglass (Jazz re:freshed, 2019). Tandy's own-name album debut was just a matter of time... and here it is, a 360-degree, access-all-areas blinder. ...

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Nick Malcolm: Real Isn't Real

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There's always a temptation to describe things we like as “the real jazz/soul/music..." out of a passion for a new musical discovery, but what does it actually mean? At the level of pure pedantry no piece of music can be more “real" than any other, yet what this unfortunate formulation is meant to signify is that the mother-lode of the inescapable quintessence of a particular type of music, the right stuff, has been found--the cat's pyjama's, the dog's (ahem) 'cojones' ...

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Duncan Eagles: Citizen

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Citizen is London-based saxophonist Duncan Eagle's first album under his own name and follows his signing to the burgeoning U.S. label Ropeadope. His other major vehicle is the band Partikel whose eponymously titled debut album was released in 2010 followed by three more critically acclaimed recordings for the Whirlwind label, Cohesion (2013), String Theory (2015) and Counteraction (2017). Eagles is highly respected on the U.K. jazz scene and has worked with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Gary Husband and Jason ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs

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Acclaimed trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator Wadada Leo Smith has released an oratorio of seven songs inspired by the iconic civil rights leader Rosa Parks. In his own words, Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs is “concerned with ideas of freedom, liberty and justice, a meditation centered around the civil rights movement." Looking at Smith's more than 50 years of creative and artistic vision, this release is yet another inspired organic musical direction that has established him ...

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Steve Coleman, Ben Wendel & More

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We open this week with a talented New York-based pianist making good waves in jazz, Andy Milne and Dapp Theory. We then travel North into Milne's home country, Canada, to hear the great Collective Order before moving to the British scene to hear Mia Dyberg and back to America with Ben Wendel. Finally, we give the sounds of Amaro Freitas a good listen and finish all of this jazz joy up with Les Elgart and his Orchestra. Playlist ...

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Tommaso Starace Harmony Less Quartet: Narrow Escape

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This highly engaging set was recorded at Only Music Studio in Turin, Italy on 23 and 24 January 2018 but was mixed and mastered in Bexley, Kent the following July. Saxophonist Tommaso Starace has a solid connection with the UK having studied at Birmingham Conservatoire where he graduated with a BMus first class honours degree. Starace, who was born in Milan in 1975, completed his postgraduate jazz studies at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 1999 and 2000. ...

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Jorge Rossy Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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As one of the most successful drummers of his generation, Jorge Rossy has lived in the States for many years, where he played before large audiences with the Brad Mehldau Trio and collaborated with jazz greats such as Paquito D'Rivera, Woody Shaw and Charlie Haden. In 2000 he moved back to his birthplace, Barcelona, where he began focusing on the piano and the vibraphone. In his current quintet he plays vibraphone. His recent album Beyond Sunday ...

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Larry Grenadier: The Gleaners

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Bassist Larry Grenadier has a most impressive resume: multiple recordings with Herbie Mann, Paul Motian, Charles Lloyd, trumpeter/brother Phil Grenadier, vocalist/wife Rebecca Martin, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Jamie Saft, and many others. His brand has long been enhanced by his stellar work with Pat Metheny and a twenty-plus-year association with Brad Mehldau. It's not surprising that Grenadier hasn't released a solo album, given the relative rarity of stand-alone bass recordings, but The Gleaners proves to be worth the wait.

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The 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert

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The 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert Carnegie Hall New York, NY February 7, 2019On Thursday, February 7, 2019, New York City's Carnegie Hall was alive with the essence of Tibet as it hosted the 2019 Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert featuring an all-star lineup of artists. Philip Glass; Patti Smith and her band; Nathaniel Rateliff; Stephen Colbert; Jon Batiste; New Order; Jason Isbell; Debbie Harry; Angelique Kidjo; the Scorchio Quartet, and ...

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Ustad Saami: God Is Not A Terrorist

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God Is Not A Terrorist is by no stretch of the imagination a jazz album, but it contains deep and authentic music and will appeal to some AAJers. Ustad Saami is a master of the Pakistani vocal style known as surti, which is characterized by its use of microtones. Microtones are widely used in music throughout Pakistan and India, but surti is a distinct tradition, dating back to pre-Islamic times. Saami's voice is the focus of the music, accompanied by ...

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Pyeng Threadgill's New Porch Music

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Pyeng Threadgill sings “New Porch Music" crafting an intimate journey through folk and jazz with afro-electronic inflections. Her fourth solo album and multimedia project entitled Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song, shines a light on hair, adornment and ancestry, and the societal and political as well as spiritual conflicts therein. Since 2004, Pyeng has released three other albums journeying from blues to jazz, folk to soul and spoken word: Sweet Home: The Music of Robert Johnson (Random Chance), ...

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Layale Chaker and Sarafand: Inner Rhyme

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Arabic poetry is the primary source of inspiration for Lebanese violinist and composer Layale Chaker's innovative and vibrant debut Inner Rhyme. Recorded in New York with her band Sarafand (named after a Palestinian village that was abandoned in 1948) this original music is full of subtle wit and sublime emotion. In crafting this exquisite album, Chaker transposes traditional Arabic poetic meters to rhythmic ones. She also draws upon her western classical training as well as her Levantine heritage ...