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INTERVIEW

Joe Farnsworth: Friends In High Places

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Joe Farnsworth is one of the top jazz drummers working today, with a resume that includes some of the absolute greats. His muscular swing and precise timekeeping have been attractive to employers like Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, McCoy Tyner, George Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Eric Alexander, Benny Golson and many more. He likes to say he has friends in high places. True enough. It also helps to have monster chops and a great sense of time and swing, garnered ...

LIVE REVIEW

Live From Brussels: Naima Joris, Sonico & Schroothoop

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Naima Joris & Vitja Pauwels Het Huys October 4, 2020 Naima Joris is probably best described as a singer, her voice being the absolutely dominant aspect of each song, but she's also a complete multi-instrumentalist, selecting from soprano saxophone, keyboards, acoustic guitar and a variety of percussion tools. These included clay pot, tambourine, shaker and mouth-pops. Lightning-minded looping allows her to construct each number, and she could easily act as a completely ...

LIVE REVIEW

Montreux Jazz Artists Autumn of Music

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The Montreux Palace Autumn of Music Montreux Switzerland 12-17 October 2020 The obvious, burning question for Montreux Jazz Festival press officer Marc Zendrini, concerned plans for the Festival in 2021. He replied “We have safe possibilities for outside performance next summer, all along the lakefront. But for which artists, on what dates, with which airline? It's all too early to tell." The 2020 Montreux Jazz Festival was cancelled in April but the virtual ...

ALBUM REVIEW

I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues: I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox

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The prolific and eclectic saxophonist/composer Jon Irabagon finds his most uninhibited side with his I Donʼt Hear Nothinʼ but the Blues (IDHNBTB) group, one he aptly describes as his “brutal ensemble." I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox expands the group that debuted as a duo, then became a trio on Volume 2, and now, a quartet that adds an extra layer of mayhem to the music. IDHNBTB originated as a saxophone/drum configuration with ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Arthur White and Merge: When You Find It

Read "When You Find It" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Turnabout, the saying goes, is fair play. The turnabout in this case is that of saxophonist Arthur White who, after years of teaching others the precepts of jazz at the University of Missouri, Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and, most recently, as director of Jazz Studies at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, decided the time had come to turn the tables, so to speak, and put himself “on record" as someone who can not only talk the talk ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Cathlene Pineda: Rainbow Baby

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Pianist Cathlene Pineda has a classical background which is reflected in the lyrical music her quartet creates on this disc. Her compositions here came out of a four-year period during which she became a mother for the first time, suffered two miscarriages and finally gave birth to a second child. The resulting work has a calm, introspective charm. The gentle flow of Pineda's piano mixes well with Kris Tiner's expressive trumpet playing on pieces such as the lyrical ...

RADIO

We've Just Begun - A Review of Recent Recordings

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Despite the pandemic, it has been a great year for new music. Today's broadcast includes new releases from cellist Tomeka Reid and pianist Carol Welsman, plus a review of various recordings that are on this year's preliminary Grammy ballot. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist The DIVA Jazz Orchestra “Slipped Disc" from Diva & the Boys (MCG Jazz) 00:00 Kenny Washington “The Best Is ...


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