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Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir

Read "Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir" reviewed by John Ephland

I'm a sucker for musical duets. Duets that make me feel like I'm in the same room with the two of them. Here we have three recent releases with the iconoclastic, legendary Ran Blake, now 83, in what is his most typical setting. Yes, to hear Blake paired up like this is to hear more of an artist completely at home by and with himself as well as with others, one at a time. In this ...

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Noah Bless: New York Strong—Latin Jazz!

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When it comes to Latin jazz, trombonist Noah Bless is no novice, having gigged in and around New York City for the better part of three decades with such Latin stars as Paquito D'Rivera, Mario Bauza, Oscar D'Leon, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon and Eddie Palmieri, and sat in with the Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and Spanish Harlem Orchestra, among others. After so many years toiling in the trenches, Bless has at long last decided to unfurl his Latin chops ...

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New releases from Gavin Harrison-Antoine Fafard, plus Trio Grande

Read "New releases from Gavin Harrison-Antoine Fafard, plus Trio Grande" reviewed by Len Davis

Contemporary Electric Jazz from Trio Grande, Henry Kaiser and Vinny Golia, plus much more.Playlist Henry Kaiser-Vinny Golia “Meditations-Joy" from A Love Supreme Electric (Cuneiform) 00:00 Trio Grande “Oberkampf" from Trio Grande (Whirlwind) 07:14 Marcus Klossek Electric Trio “Unexpected Skies" from Time was Now (Double Moon) 14:21 Go Go Penguin “Petit_a" from Live from studio 2 (Decca) 21:31 A Tribute to Roger Burn and Shapes “Oddly English" from A Tribute to Roger Burn and Shapes (Blue Canoe) 28:41 Scott ...

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Vince Tampio: Adult Children

Read "Adult Children" reviewed by Geno Thackara

At first glance, it's unclear whether Vince Tampio wants to imply something optimistic or dystopian with the strange cityscape on the cover of Adult Children (and with the title, for that matter). As a reflection of some strange times, such a striking image has plenty of room for interpretations positive and negative. It also could not be more apt for the funky urban-Afro-jungle-dub-jazz party within. This affair is a thick fusion stew with loud electric jazz and rhythm-heavy highlife music ...

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Misha Mengelberg: Rituals Of Transition

Read "Rituals Of Transition" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It takes a master to speak like a child. Pianist Misha Mengelberg (1935-2017) was such a giant at the keyboard that he could shed all pretension and improvise with a simple innocence. Call it Zen enlightenment or just a blunt brilliance. His music is often absurd and paradoxical, like an inside joke, except he graciously lets us all in on the pranks. Rituals Of Transition is a collection of solo performances recorded from 2002 through 2010 in The ...

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Chicago Soul Jazz Collective: It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire

Read "It Takes a Spark to Start a Fire" reviewed by John Pietaro

Solace. Listening to classic 1960s soul-jazz as an escape from today's stresses united the musicians who founded the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective. Many of us know of that comfort, the one carried by a cursory view of nostalgia. But don't look too close. Tenor saxophonist John Fournier and trumpet player Marques Carroll built a band on this foundation, exploring the canon. Their sophomore effort is an album of urban tinder and smoke signals, recorded on vintage equipment. The final product ...

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Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans: Icons In Action

Read "Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans: Icons In Action" reviewed by Doug Collette

As icons of contemporary jazz, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and pianist Bill Evans deserve the carefully-researched and fastidiously-annotated packages Resonance Records has created in the form of Rollins In Holland and Live At Ronnie Scott's. The curators and producers for the label aim to formulate releases in line with each man's exacting approach, so while it is true many such vault titles are already available in the marketplace, it's fairly safe to say few are as rare or thorough as this ...


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