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Theo Croker: It's Just Black Music

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In a field teeming with talented young lions, the bright sound of trumpeter Theo Croker still sticks out. Grandson of the legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham, the native Floridian graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is part of a new movement of emerging jazz artists who expertly incorporate hip hop, electronic and R&B elements in their sound in an organic, fluid way. Croker's music both harks back and looks forward at the same time, a balancing act that ...

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio at Triskel Christchurch

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Marcin Wasilewski Trio Triskel Christchurch Cork Midsummer Festival Cork, Ireland June 15, 2019 What a difference a few centuries can make. In 1649 English military leader Oliver Cromwell, in what was the least of his crimes, allegedly used Christchurch to stable his soldiers' horses. He is also said to have melted the church bells to make cannons, as trumpets and saxophones hadn't been invented at that stage. In the following centuries the building ...

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David Kikoski: Phoenix Rising

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Pianist David Kikoski and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, among the brightest lights on New York City's jazz scene for more than two decades, have known each other for almost as many years but Phoenix Rising marks the first time they have recorded together. After listening, one observation springs immediately to mind: it's about time. A second premise is that the album swings and dazzles from start to finish--but one would expect no less from such masters of ...

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Tom Pierson: Last Works

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As musicians make choices and pursue a passion for music which also directs their musical orbit, looking at jazz composer, arranger and pianist Tom Pierson's resume, it is clear that a creative search for originality and exploration was paramount, from the very beginning. Gifted at the start, Pierson was a piano prodigy and a soloist with the Houston Symphony at the age of thirteen. The conductor, Sir Barbarolli wrote, “ I was greatly impressed by the boy's gifts—particularly a most ...

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Zhenya Strigalev and Federico Dannemann: The Change

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Zhenya Strigalev and Federico Danneman previously recorded together on Strigalev's Blues For Maggie (Whirlwind, 2018), but with the possible exception of that album's penultimate track ,"Little Struggle," the fare offered there differed a little from what's on offer here. The Change unequivocally oozes rock-infused take-no-prisoners jazz. Perhaps the nearest comparison to this band, and this is no hyperbolic comparison, would be Tony Williams' Lifetime. Ok, it may lack the genius of Larry Young but it's more than compensated for by ...

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Savoy Brown: City Night

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Savoy Brown's City Night is a declarative return to the blues after the group digressed into more rock-oriented territory on Witchy Feelin' (Ruf Records, 2017). As a result, this album under the aegis of founder and titular leader Kim Simmonds has more in common with The Devil to Pay (Ruf Records, 2015), an equally uncompromising tribute to his roots. As on the previous album, the once and future Savoy Brown bandleader does continues to half-mumble like Dire Straits' ...

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KUHN FU Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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In the second of two instalments dedicated to great international talents living in The Netherlands, this week we focus on Kuhn Fu, led by guitarist Christian Kühn. In this live performance they their new album Chain the Snake in March 2019, with bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld adding a deeper dimension to the music. Their richly varied music is something that they themselves describe as 'post-romantic jazz disorder, which can sound 'as vicious as lava.' Personnel: Christian ...

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Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers

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From the veteran vibes Chuck Redd we rocket into this week's episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we peer into the influences into Chuck's life with cats like Charlie Byrd and Count Basie. We take a good look into the life and music of Paul Serrato and Ashley Pezzotti and pay respects to a couple of artist that left us recently, Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers. Finally, we get some licks in from Godwin Louis and Slam Stewart.

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Take Five with Trio Lisipi

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About Trio LisipiSometimes jazz happens to you as something least expected. Exactly as it happened to Liliya Akhmetzyanova, the pianist from the jazz trio Lisipi. She started playing piano at age of six and, as many decent Russian pianists, graduated from a conservatory 20 years later. Then years of happy sight reading and playing classics by memory got suddenly interrupted by Silvio Canargiu—a guitarist, bassist, singer, composer, producer and such a handsome man. Yes, love happened, they got ...

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Julie Sassoon, Willi Kellers: Waves

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Although pianist Julie Sassoon's first recording--the trio Azilut!'s To the Power of Three (Babel)--was released in 2001, the intervening years have not seen a stream of albums from her; in fact, her releases to date can be counted on two hands. However, in Sassoon's case quantity is far less important than the variety and quality of the music on the releases. In particular, amongst her recordings are two fine solo albums--New Life (Babel, 2006), inspired by the 2004 birth of ...

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The Nice Jazz Orchestra At The Opera House

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The Nice Jazz Orchestra The Opera House La Route du Jazz Nice, France June 19, 2019 Jazz arrived in France at the end of the First World War. A band of the 15th regiment, New York National Guard toured France extensively under the baton of James Reese Europe, playing formal military music employing some jazz expression. However, jazz took root in France through amateur bands at US Army supply depots on the Atlantic coast ...


40 Years Of The Festival International De Jazz De Montréal

The Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th edition this year with some outstanding presentations scheduled at various venues around the city. Running from June 27 to July 6, this year's festival includes both indoor and outdoor events, free and ticketed events, with a program that includes Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Brad Mehldau, Kendrick Scott, Richard Galliano, Stacy Kent, Joshua Redman, John Pizzarelli, Keyon Harrold, Gilad Hekselman, Roberto Fonseca, Donny McCaslin and more.

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