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Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

Read "Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall" reviewed by Martin McFie

Charleston Jazz Orchestra Charleston Music Hall Ellington at Newport 1956 Charleston, SC February 15, 2020 Duke Ellington's performance at the Newport Jazz festival in 1956 was the most important of his long career. After thirty years at the top of his profession, over a thousand tunes composed together with Billy Strayhorn and countless performances, Duke's popularity was at a low point. He kept his orchestra going by using royalty income from previous recordings. Most ...

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Nick Finzer: Cast Of Characters

Read "Cast Of Characters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A cryptic element lurks beneath trombonist Nick Finzer's Cast Of Characters. The theme of the album is artistic influences. But who are they... “We laugh, we cry, we celebrate, we learn, and we forge our own path on the shoulders of those who came before us. We are both the sum of our experience and the product of our influence. We are who we choose to embrace." This is from the spread out trifecta of liner notes in ...

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Two Going Solo

Read "Two Going Solo" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

No, the title of this review doesn't refer to the autobiographical story of similar name, which tells of a young Roald Dahl looking for adventure in Africa. But like the protagonist of that book, the two individuals discussed in the following prove similarly adventurous in their own right and dig deep into the vast repertoire of their respective instruments to tell their own original tales—in a musical way. Ville Herrala Pu We Jazz Records

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Caroline Kraabel: Last 1 and Last 2 (2016/7)

Read "Last 1 and Last 2 (2016/7)" reviewed by John Eyles

Caroline Kraabel gets sole credit for this album, justifiably, as she composed the music, conducted one performance of it, acted as musical director and played alto sax in another performance of it. However, after listening several times, the album leaves a sneaking feeling that Robert Wyatt probably deserved equal billing rather than just being mentioned in the small print. (Yes, the Robert Wyatt who played drums and sang in Soft Machine and Matching Mole before moving onto a successful solo ...

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Eddie Who: Michael Blake's Tribute to Eddie Harris

Read "Eddie Who: Michael Blake's Tribute to Eddie Harris" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The latest project by veteran saxophonist Michael Blake and his long-time collaborators Clark Gayton on trombone and Tony Mason on drums is a heart-felt tribute to the legendary Eddie Harris. This mixtape features five tunes by Eddie Harris cherry-picked by Michael Blake mixed with music by Michael Blake selected by Mondo Jazz. Happy listening! Playlist Michael Blake “Afro Blake" Drift (Intuition) 0:00 Eddie Harris “Shamtime" The Electrifying Eddie Harris (Atlantic) 6:53 Slow ...

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Bear Garden: Bear Garden

Read "Bear Garden" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There's just something about the saxophone that goes with sounding big and ambitious. Bear Garden (or Martin Wirén when he's at home) certainly shows some of those signs with unashamedly grand melodicism and a feel for the expansive and cinematic. Though Bear Garden's running time leans toward the short side of LP length, this octet—rhythm section, piano, guitar and four juiced-up horns—makes it feel enormous with wailing lines ringing through the heavens at full volume. With the weighty thundering ...

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Dewa Budjana and Tohpati: Janapati

Read "Janapati" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Janapati combines the names of two of the best guitarists (jazz, rock, jazz-rock fusion, world, and any/every other music you've got) from Indonesia, Dewa Budjana and Tohpati Ario Hutomo (Tohpati). As leaders of their own bands or as contributors to other recordings, the two have appeared on more than fifty combined releases, many for the globetrotting MoonJune Records label, and they suggest in their joint liner notes: “Long enough friendship in music makes us more familiar with each other and ...


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