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Phineas Newborn Jr. and Miles Davis

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To commemorate the 600th full episode of Neon Jazz outta Kansas City, we focus on the life of Memphis-born bass cat Jamil Nasser. His son, Muneer, penned his biography and it's called Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser. George Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Red Garland, and Ahmad Jamal. These names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an ...

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Mediterranean Jazz Bagatelles: Paolino Dalla Porta & Bebo Ferra

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Italian guitarist Bebo Ferra and bassist Paolino Dalla Porta have been collaborating on various projects for almost a quarter century and they started their duo collaboration in 1997. Their original compositions represent a personal synthesis of jazz and European as well as Mediterranean musical traditions. The result is a captivating example of “chamber jazz" rich in energy, musical poetry and expressiveness supported by a refined technique. This mixtape features highlights from their extensive discographies, ...

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Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Live at I.C.U.U.

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Twenty years after his death, pianist-composer Horace Tapscott is receiving the accolades that largely passed him by at the peak of his career. Firmly ensconced in the Los Angeles jazz scene, his recording career as a leader began in 1969 when his quintet released The Giant Is Awakened (Flying Dutchman). Aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque, 1996) was the last album issued in his lifetime, and there have been very few posthumous releases. 2019 has seen a resurgence of interest in Tapscott's ...

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Matt Olson: 789 Miles

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One of the most interesting things about tenor saxophonist Matt Olson's 789 Miles is something it lacks: An anxious, overriding eagerness to impress or knock the listener out at every turn. Instead, the record virtually looks you in the eye, shakes your hand, and then cordially invites you along for the ride. Olson, Hammond B-3 organist Mike Kocour and drummer Dom Moio, who comprise one-half of the notable collaborative ensemble, Unhinged Sextet, are middle-aged jazzmen whose artistry and craft runs ...

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Fleur Stevenson: Follow Me

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There are plenty of standards adorning Fleur Stevenson's debut album. This comes in the wake of her career-launching salvo, an EP entitled Introducing Fleur Stevenson, released in 2016. Stevenson possesses an appealing voice and, on the breezy opener “Beautiful Love," proves she can scat as deftly as she can sing Haven Gillespie's memorable words. While the majority of the album's eleven tracks are derived from the Great American Songbook, there are a couple of obvious outliers included here. Tim Hardin's ...

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Mark Walker: You Get What You Give

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Often, there is a tendency among jazz fans to simply pass by albums with drummers as the leaders of a CD release, as if they--the drummer/leaders--know less about jazz or music in general. As if examples of Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach or those excellent vocal albums by Grady Tate are not good enough examples. That this simply is not the case. The first 'solo' album by Grammy award-winning drummer Mark Walker, You Get What You Give, ...

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Jazzdor Berlin 2019

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Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus Jazzdor Berlin Berlin June 4-7, 2019 Jazzdor Berlin is one of the few truly, consistently and enduring European minded and spirited jazz festival events around—an initiative taken by Phillip Ochem, the artistic leader of the Strasbourg festival Jazzdor, more than a decade ago. Long breath Unlike other festivals that now and then guest one-time partnering spots the Jazzdor event at Berlin turned out to grow into a unique real long-term annual ...

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Eric Clapton at Wiener Stadthalle

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Eric Clapton Wiener Stadthalle Vienna, Austria June 6, 2019 In his hands is the instrument of eternal damnation and salvation and a passage ticket either in hell or heaven. He is a master guitarist and a mythical beast whose songs and guitar virtuosity have elicited the entire spectrum of human emotions for the past 60 years. Ever since Eric Clapton emerged in the early '60s he has created a fluid and dynamic body ...

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Charles Ruggiero & Hilary Gardner: Play The Bird And The Bee

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If you've encountered drummer Charles Ruggiero's debut, Boom Bang, Boom Bang! (Rondette Jazz, 2014), you might've seen this coming. There, in the penultimate spot on the playlist, is a cover of The Bird and the Bee's “I'm A Broken Heart" featuring vocalist Hilary Gardner. Something of an outlier on the album, it hinted at a great appreciation for the sharp lyrics and artful designs responsible for that indie synth-pop duo's acclaim. That small seed of possibility, pointing ...

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Alex Koo: Appleblueseagreen

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The Belgian/Japanese pianist/composer Alex Koo enlisted a pair of first call allstars, saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, forming an acoustic chamber trio that brings his vision to life on Appleblueseagreen. The title is taken from the literal translation of the Flemish word “appelblauwzeegroen," to describe a color of ambiguous personality. The music is cinematic, with the first three tunes, “enuD," “Dune" and “Funeral March," giving off a vibe of deep, ruminative sadness, like a soundtrack to the aftermath ...


Let Me Forget

"Let Me Forget" is from the album Lisipi and the video was taken from a live concert at the Bflat jazz club in Cagliari, Italy on January 17, 2019. The Rome-based trio consists of Liliya Akhmetzyanova on piano, Silvio Canargiu on bass, and Pierpaolo Frailis on drums.

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