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Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

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In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the four-CD Making Rooms recorded on a seven-date Mopomoso tour of England in August 2013, and the six-and-a-quarter-hour, nineteen act, digital release Channel recorded at ...

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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 ...

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Let's Talk About Me

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This show has nothing to do with my personal life, so ignore the photo. How many songs can you think of with mein the title? I thought of this many to fill two hours: (Don't read the playlist if you want to guess the mystery vocalist.) Frank Sinatra “All of Me" from Swing Easy! Cassandra Mckinley “It's All Right with Me" from Right in Front of You Curtis Stigers “Come Fly with Me" from One More for ...

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Yagull: Yuna

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The duo's third album is an unquestionable treat for the aural senses. Think of fragile lullabies, drifting melody lines, temperate undercurrents and a few tuneful up-tempo numbers, as these piano-guitar duets are organic and wistful, yet not overly sedate or monolithic akin to commercial New Age mall music. Pieces like “Dawn" spark imagery of a faraway land via a simple melody, tinted with drifting qualities. Here, pianist Kana Kamitsubo renders elegant block chords, placing emphasis on the primary ...

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Mark Vickness: Places

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Inspired by rock gods such as Jimi Hendrix and studying with the likes of Mel Powell, guitarist/composer Mark Vickness uses powerful technique and sophisticated harmony to explore texture and mood on “Prince William Sound." Comparisons with a body of water aren't cliche: a pensive six-note motif flows in gradually, surfaces over a subtle ground pulse, then ripples and surges into cool harmonics, country twangs, fat single-note phrases, thick orchestral chords, and even a miniature “bass" solo, before fading away into ...

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JAZZTOPAD 2018

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Jazztopad Festival Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music National Forum of Music, Club Mleczarnia November 21-25, 2018 Jazztopad is the annual Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw, a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, has character, lots of peculiar neighborhoods, populated by many young people from all over the world. Fall is called listopad in Polish and so Jazztopad is fall's jazz, a festival with striking ...

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Eli Wallace: Barriers

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Eli Wallace is best known as the keyboard half of the piano/drum improvising duo Dialectical Imagination with Rob Pumpelly. Listeners familiar with Wallace's work in that setting and with the trio Cataclysmic Commentary, with tenor saxophonist Ben Cohen and Dave Miller on drums, know that Wallace is not averse to swimming against the current. The California native, now residing in Brooklyn, works across genres of improvisation, modern jazz, rock and classical music. He holds Bachelor's and Master's of Music, from ...

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The Grammys' Failure To Recognize 2018's Greatest Rock Records

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If an average music fan was asked to judge the quality of rock music in 2018 based only on the Grammys, they would conclude that rock must not be producing quality records although nothing could be further from the truth. On February 10, 2019, the Grammys awarded From The Fires the coveted title of best rock album, honoring Led Zeppelin rip-offs Greta Van Fleet over Alice In Chains' Rainer Fog, Fall Out Boy's Mania, Ghost's Prequelle and Weezer's Pacific Daydream. ...