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Ennio Morricone: Fabled Hoard Of 1970s Library Music Reissued

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Practically unobtainable since their release by RCA Italy in 1972, the ten albums which make up Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai's Dimensioni Sonore: Musiche Per L'Immagine E L'Immaginazione are being reissued by Dialogo on October 30 2020. The new release plugs a chasm in the availability of classic-era library music, which at its best is an art form worthy of serious attention. It does not get more fascinating than on Dimensioni Sonore, which is regarded as the Holy Grail of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: URBAN(E)

Read "URBAN(E)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a rocky history surrounding jazz-classical hybrids. But, in truth, that has little to do with any potential incompatibility. Instead, it's usually misguided maneuvering and/or an excessive show of dominant traits from one side or the other that mars said unions. When done right a wedding of those worlds can truly birth brilliance. Just listen to Urban(e) for proof. Noted trombonist, composer, arranger and educator Mike Fahie's unabashed love for classical music and jazz is clear and ...

RADIO

Last Dance (for Now)

Read "Last Dance (for Now)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

So, this is our “last dance" at least for now, and we hope to have new Gifts & Messages shows in 2021. As many of you know, even this is only a two-hour show, it's almost a full-time job, with listening to new/old music, selecting tunes, doing the program-specific research and lots of reading, in addition to actually producing the show. I'm at a time of life where other business demands my attention. Rather than do a half-assed job each ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne: The Deceptive 4—Live

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The difference between disc one and disc two of Tim Berne's Snakeoil release The Deceptive 4, two live recordings made eight years apart, might be the same difference between Miles Davis' first and second great quintets. Where Davis' The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (Prestige, 2006) with John Coltrane from 1955-56 are stellar, they lack the complex riskiness of his 1965 date, The Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965 (Columbia, 1995) with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony ...

RADIO

Ray Russell, Cindy Blackman Santana, Aaron Parks and More

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New releases from Ray Russell and Cindy Blackman Santana. Playlist Aaron Parks “Shapeshifter" Parks & Wreck (Aaron Parks) 0:00:00 Go Go Penguin “Fanfares" Fanfares (Gondwana Records) 0:19:52 Cindy Blackman Santana “Twilight Mask" Give the drummer some (Copperline ) 0:33:03 Ray Russell “We Go Back a Short Way" Fluid Architecture (Cuneiform) 0:41:56 Gerald Gradwohl “Yes or no" Big Land (Hianzi) 0:47:38 Shob “Karma Obscur" Karma Obscur (Karma Obscur) 0:51:27 Antoine Fafard “Cape Spear" doomsday Vault (Timeless ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Hvalfugl: Øjeblikke Vi Husker

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There's no denying that this Danish trio plays a very mellow mood. Based around the interplay of Jeppe Lavsen's mildly electrified, echoing guitar and Jonathan Fjord Bredholt's piano, this album continues the style that Hvalfugl captured on earlier albums. But while the melodies move gently forward there are small surprises lurking along the way. These include the crisp, borderline aggressive chords of the piano entering on “Fractal," and the abrupt electronic cut-off of “Under Viadukten." And the band are ...

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Meet Mark Sullivan

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I currently live in: Indian Trail, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte). I joined All About Jazz in: I joined in 2012, after reading the site casually for a couple of years. I answered the call to join the staff in early 2014 (I think), initially as an editor. I kept getting requests for album reviews, and finally published my first one in December, 2014. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I ...


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