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Linda Sikhakhane: An Open Dialogue

Read "An Open Dialogue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane released Two Sides, One Mirror (Skay Music, 2017), it was a statement of arrival, marking his ascendancy within the jazz ranks in his native South Africa, and departure, signaling a move to the United States that would result in studies with tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeter Charles Tolliver, bassist Reggie Workman and a host of other greats at The New School. This eagerly awaited follow-up, recorded as part of his senior recital at that venerable ...

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The Claire Daly Band: Rah! Rah!

Read "Rah! Rah!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Award-winning baritone saxophonist Claire Daly isn't blowing her own horn on Rah! Rah! (well, she is, but more about that in a moment)—she's saluting one of her musical inspirations, the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a once-in-a-blue-moon talent who left us far too soon. Kirk, who lived only forty-two years, was quite literally a multi-instrumentalist, often playing two or three horns at the same time, some of which (manzello, stritch) he invented himself. Even though blind, he was part musical prodigy, ...

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Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More

Read "Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Chris Cheek and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The young and electric pianist Christian Sands opens this week's edition of Neon Jazz. During the rest of the show we showcases new albums by Ricardo Grilli, Homero Alvarez and Dafnis Prieto. The talents of veteran cats is also included with the likes of Gary Burton, Edward Simon and Chris Cheek. Enjoy the show! Playlist Christian Sands “Crash" Be Water (Mack Avenue) 00:00 Host talks 6:20 Billy Taylor “Bird Brain" The Very Best Of 1945-1949 (Master Classics) 8:22 ...

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Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Companion Mixtape

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

More cuts from our exploration of the jazz side of Sting, featuring his own jazzier projects and renditions of his work by the likes of Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Dominic Miller, Michela Lombardi, Andy Bey, Marc Copland and many more. Happy listening! Playlist Lucky Peterson “We'll Be Together" Lifetime (Verve) 0:00 Sting “Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)" Soul Cages (A&M) 3:30 Kenny Barron, Regina Carter “Fragile" Freefall (Verve) 8:18 Pierluigi Balducci Ensemble “La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" ...

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Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling

Read "Artlessly Falling" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Aside from her most obvious musical talents, including her phenomenal guitar chops and her budding talent as a lyricist, Mary Halvorson has a special gift for understanding the abilities of her bandmates and drawing out their strengths to the fullest. Part of it is the way she tends to keep the same company in her assorted projects: bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara are the leading examples, having recorded extensively with her in their trio Thumbscrew, as heard on ...

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Hi-Fly

Read "Hi-Fly" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 2020, the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble from the US capital marked its forty-fifth anniversary. Since its inception in 1975, the ensemble has had only one director, Fred Irby III, its founder and guiding force for lo these many years. One year after organizing the group, Irby assembled its members for a visit to a nearby recording studio, an annual practice that has continued uninterrupted every year since then. Why only one director? Listen to the ensemble's 2019 narrative, ...

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The Michael O'Neill Quartet: And Then It Rained

Read "And Then It Rained" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

San Francisco area-based reedman Michael O'Neill, noted most prominently for his work with vocalist Kenny Washington, takes his artistry on a new tangent with And Then It Rained. The set features a top-tier Bay Area quartet which digs deep into a set of O'Neill originals. Recording-wise, this is new territory for O'Neill, who, in addition to his work with Washington and singer Tony Lindsay, writes music for corporate and industrial films, documentaries and television. Early in his career, ...


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