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Anders Lonne Gronseth: Theory Of Anything

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2018 saw the release of the eponymous debut of Norwegian reedman Anders Lonne Gronseth's quintet, Multiverse (Pling Music). 2019 opened the door to Theory Of Anything, music recorded by the group at the same session. The sound is Nordic cool and patient in its unfolding, with Gronseth's compositions leaving the doors wide open to spontaneity and interaction. The music is largely improvised, but it doesn't sound so. Motifs congeal, and a patient cerebralism pervades. This is the same ...

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Fabrizio Sciacca: Gettin' It There

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Make no mistake about it, Fabrizio Sciacca isn't merely “gettin' it there." He's already got it here. This debut from the Berklee- and Manhattan School of Music-trained bassist presents an artist with solid intonation, impeccable time, a warm and enveloping tone, and an ear for melody. In short, he has it all. Leading a top-shelf group filled-out with pianist Donald Vega, drummer Billy Drummond and guest tenorist Jed Levy, Sciacca starts off with a nod to Sam ...

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Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More

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This week we start with a cat that has seen many jazz roads and is itching to get down many more, Bob Sheppard with a track off his latest CD The Fine Line. We then visit the world of Horace Silver and vibes cat Mike Dillon doing an Elliot Smith cover. We hear new material from drummer Dave Robbins and visit the music of Kansas City saxophonist Herschel McWilliams. From there, we hear Jack Sels, Milt Herth, Sheldon Pickering and ...

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Gabriel Ferrandini: Volúpias

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Portuguese drummer Gabriel Ferrandini seeks out a different path on Volúpias. He puts aside the bustling asymmetric momentum, familiar from his tenure in the celebrated Red Trio and with saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio, to explore compositional realms. In 2016 he started his new approach with an artistic residency in the prestigious ZDB venue, where he was joined by bassist Hernâni Faustino (from the Red Trio) and tenor saxophonist Pedro Sousa (his partner in the punning PeterGabriel duo). The result ...

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The Hot Sardines: Welcome Home, Bon Voyage

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The Hot Sardines' impressive musicianship and infectious energy make it hard to accept that early 1900s swing and proto-jazz ever went out of style. The New York-based eight-piece band gives a perfect example of how they revitalize classics on Welcome Home, Bon Voyage, a collection of live recordings from sets at Joe's Pub in New York City and at Toronto's Koerner Hall, showcasing their most versatile performances yet. The band cites influences like Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and ...

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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at Pier 17

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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Pier 17 New York, NY August 18, 2019 They say “It Don't Come Easy" but Richard Starkey has a way of making it look easy. Especially when Starkey, aka Ringo Starr, has a little help from his friends, The All Starr Band, who are spending August of 2019 winding their way across North America and celebrating 30 years of making magic together. Born in an inner ...

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Michele Rabbia - Gianluca Petrella - Eivind Aarset: Lost River

Read "Lost River" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There is a bewitching soundscape from a group of subtle and skilled aural sculptors on this beautifully abstract ECM Records session. The players' backgrounds touch on jazz, electronics, European folk and much more, but none of that really matters here. Their approach on Lost River is free of form and convention in the most liberating sense. That doesn't mean they go atonal or meander going nowhere as some free jazz does; it does mean their open-ended improvisations create an immersive ...

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Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

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Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection of moon songs penned by women to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Playlist Aaron Weinstein, John Pizzarelli “Diga Diga ...

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Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband: Tor & Vale

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Virtuoso guitarist Mark Wingfield was last heard leading a trio on Tales From The Dreaming City (MoonJune Records, 2018). He and pianist Gary Husband may have never played duets together before, but the results sound like it was inevitable--a fated meeting. Opener “Kittiwake" is the first of Wingfield's compositions, a lyrical legato guitar line over a vaguely martial rhythm on the piano. Wingfield lays out for Husband's lovely piano solo, which leads seamlessly into a guitar solo. The piece ends ...

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The Band: Woodstock

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When the Band took the stage at Woodstock, late Sunday evening, August 17, 1969, they were a little over a month away from releasing their second recording, The Band (Capitol, the “Brown Album") and a year past the release of their debut recording, Music from Big Pink (Capitol, 1968). Later, on January 12, 1970, the group was featured in Time Magazine as “The New Sound of Country Rock." All of this was happening smack dab between stints as Bob Dylan's ...