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Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide

Read "Jonathan Goldman: Bump and Let It Slide" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

On Saturday February 29, Spanglish Fly will celebrate completing their tenth full year as America's leading producer and exporter of the wicked hot musical sauce known as Latin boogaloo with a special anniversary performance hosted by the legendary Brooklyn hotspot Barbes. The quintessential musical melting pot Spanglish Fly features musicians with roots in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, and Upper Manhattan, all brought together in New York City by trumpet player and DJ Jonathan Goldman in ...

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Take Five with Maureen Choi

Read "Take Five with Maureen Choi" reviewed by Maureen Choi

Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. A graduate from Michigan State University and Berklee College of Music, she has performed with artists like Rodney ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Shabaka & the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here By History

Read "We Are Sent Here By History" reviewed by Chris May

Reed player Shabaka Hutchings became the first British musician to sign to the iconic (for once the word is justified) Impulse! label when his band Sons of Kemet did so in 2018. It was a deal for which his management could rightly be proud. It was also an affirmation which Hutchings felt deeply, for in the 1960s and 1970s Impulse! had recorded many of his formative influences, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders among them. In 2019 Hutchings took ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ayman Fanous / Frances-Marie Uitti: Negoum

Read "Negoum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The very flexible tone systems of the Middle East and Southern Asia have influenced Western music for decades. From John Coltrane to Jimmy Page and George Harrison, the sounds of those regions have often successfully fused with the disciplined beat of the West. Egyptian-born, New York-based guitarist and bouzouki player Ayman Fanous and American-born, Paris-based cellist Frances-Marie Uitti bring East and West together on Negoum but not in a predictable manner. Fanous appears to be most comfortable in ...

RADIO

New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur.

Read "New albums from Carla Bley, Lisa Hilton, Mark Godfrey, Nutria and Oded Tzur." reviewed by Bob Osborne

There is a striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Individual associations among the players go back much further: bassist Swallow first recorded music by Carla in 1961. Bley's distinctive piano, with its hints of Monk and Satie, is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's yearning saxophones. This trio has a unique collective sound. The award winning composer ...

RADIO

Cecil McAwesome

Read "Cecil McAwesome" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Inspired by bassist Cecil McBee's star-turn on Lloyd McNeill's Elegia, the boys devote a whole episode to examining works led by Cecil or just plain enhanced by his presence. He's had a wide-ranging career as a side-man so they cherry-pick what highlights they can while wondering if the next setting on the engineering knob after “10" and “11" is really “sexual." A rapper, a classic by Beck, and some brand new dream pop get look ins during pop matters.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Melaine Dalibert: Anastassis Philippakopoulos: piano works

Read "Anastassis Philippakopoulos: piano works" reviewed by John Eyles

This album is the tenth released by the Elsewhere label since its launch in the spring of 2018. It is the third of those ten to feature the French composer and pianist Melaine Dalibert. Whereas on the previous two albums, Dalibert played his own compositions, here he performs piano compositions by the Greek composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos who has been a member of the Wandelweiser composers collective since 2003 and had his first Edition Wandelweiser album Solo Pieces issued in 2005. ...


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