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David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions

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Listed alphabetically, as opposed to first, second, and third place, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and David Sanborn are as good as it gets when discussing the best and most influential alto saxophone players of all-time. Now before you say what about Phil Woods or Kenny Garrett or any number of others, let me qualify that this is my list, my opinion. Not some carved in stone official list that has been sealed and notarized by some sort of imaginary Grand ...

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Eric Hofbauer and Dylan Jack: Remains of Echoes

Read "Remains of Echoes" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Always attuned to unusual choices that keep his listeners guessing, guitarist Eric Hofbauer knows no bounds when it comes to his repertoire. One is as likely to hear a Cyndi Lauper or Nirvana cover as something by Thelonious Monk or Charlie Parker. And his stylistic approach on the guitar is similarly idiosyncratic, with a gutbucket blues as likely to spill forth as something more spikily avant-garde. This unpredictable creativity is once again on display on Remains of Echoes, an enticing ...

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Arve Henriksen: The Timeless Nowhere

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Released as a limited-edition four-LP set, including the music on two CDs--a total of forty-two tracks, running for over one-hundred-and-fifty-six minutes--Arve Henriksen's The Timeless Nowhere mainly comprises new recordings and unreleased material dating from 2007 to 2019. (Only the live recordings from the 2017 Punkt festival have previously been available, by streaming or download.) Not a compilation of past releases, it serves well as an overview of the trumpeter's work and explorations. Each of the four albums has its own ...

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Glafkos Kontemeniotis: Yugen

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The second album by Cypriot pianist and composer Glafkos Kontemeniotis, a native of New York City since 1988, presents eleven original compositions. This project is his tribute to the existence of beauty in the world, if one knows how to find it. Joining him on this journey are some of New York's elite players including saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Marcus McLaurine and drummer Dave Meade. Also featured are French percussionist and vibraphonist Alexander Gagatsis and Greek singer and educator Eleni ...

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Robert Glasper Trio at Freespace Jazz Festival

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Robert Glasper Trio with DJ Sundance The Box, Freespace Freespace Jazz Festival Hong Kong November 10, 2019 What can a visiting artist hope to offer a city in turmoil, torn apart and bleeding from months of violent unrest? Distraction, escape, respite-- sure, but just maybe reflection, too. Robert Glasper couldn't have known that almost exactly 12 hours after he left the stage in Hong Kong, an unarmed 21-year-old protestor would be shot in the ...

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Remy Le Boeuf: Assembly Of Shadows

Read "Assembly Of Shadows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly Of Shadows, an ambitious jazz orchestra recording, opens with his original composition, the cinematic “Strata," followed by a majestic take on alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman's “Honeymooners," a tune from the free jazz pioneer's Virgin Beauty (Portrait Records, 1988). These sounds--collectively clocking in at fifteen and a half minutes--set the stage for the five-part “Assembly Of Shadows Suite." Saxophonist Le Bouef considered the voices in his orchestra for the purposes of highlighting the individual musical personalities, a ...

IN PICTURES

Songs of Nick Drake

Read "Songs of Nick Drake" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Nick Drake recorded three of the most sublime albums in the history of folk-rock (or any other genre) in his brief lifetime. He died in relative obscurity at the age of 26 in 1974. A devoted cult following has emerged, and his stature has grown immeasurably in the decades since his passing. Drake's work has been covered by notable artists such as Lucinda Williams, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Calexico. His songs have also been covered by several jazz artists. Brad Mehldau ...

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Various Artists: New Improvised Music from Buenos Aires

Read "New Improvised Music from Buenos Aires" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The answer to the musical question: where does improvised music thrive? Everywhere. Have you heard Lebanese trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj's recordings on Al Maslakh Records or free jazz from the Istanbul based unit Konstrukt? All that is required for improvised music to thrive are seeds planted by visiting musicians, or access to a radio. Actually, it is much easier to spread the gospel of free improvisation and free jazz with access to the internet. Consider how difficult it was for Vyacheslav ...

RADIO

New releases and a special focus on albums from Diane Roblin and Chelsea McBride

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Another show packed with new music with a focus on new releases from Diane Roblin and Chelsea McBride. Diane Roblin's spirited debut release Reconnect made the jazz charts and received airplay around the globe. Now she offers a second album of high energy music from the heart entitled Life Force featuring an explosive six piece band. In 2017, jny: Toronto composer and saxophonist Chelsea McBride wowed critics and listeners alike with The Twilight Fall, the first full length album from ...

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Eva Schubert: Hot Damn Romance

Read "Hot Damn Romance" reviewed by Paul Naser

Those looking for a chanteuse in the jazz tradition often have limited options outside of legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan or more contemporary stars like Diana Krall or Jazzmeia Horn; if they are looking for original music, more often than not they're out of luck. So, fans of the style may be interested to learn about Eva Schubert. The Vancouver-based singer-songwriter leans heavily on jazz influences while also embracing funk and soul. She also writes ...

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Levitation Orchestra: Inexpressible Infinity

Read "Inexpressible Infinity" reviewed by Chris May

A lot of bull is talked about collective music-making, so it is good to come across a band who not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. Good, too, to come across a debut album that is as outstanding as the thirteen-piece Levitation Orchestra's Inexpressible Infinity. Vibrant, joyous and cosmopolitan, it joins Theon Cross's Fyah (Gearbox Records) and Cassie Kinoshi's SEED Ensemble's Driftglass (Jazz Re:freshed) among the best albums to come out of the London underground scene which ...

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner At The Jazz Corner

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Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 8-9, 2019 Wycliffe “Pinecone" Gordon is an Armstrong-styled horn player and has won a Louie award to prove it. He displayed that same laid-back behind the beat timing as Louis Armstrong, which belied the clarity of phrasing and true importance weighted on every single note. He began on Yamaha tenor trombone with Duke Ellington's “It Don't mean a thing (If It ...


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