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Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

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The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015. Present at Lincoln Center and at Systems Two was a well-coordinated team of musicians, including Steve Turre (trombone, conch shells), Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Vincent ...

INTERVIEWS

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

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John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street. Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates he was known as a shy boy who was neat as well as a sharp dresser. Coltrane's situation changed drastically in the winter of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rodrigo Amado: A History Of Nothing

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Biologists believe the principle undertaking of an organism is to pass along its genes to the next generation. That same theory is also applied in psychology. Evolutionary psychology tells us that human behavior has been tailored to pass on our DNA to the next generation, even applying this theory to economics, politics, law, and literature. This disc by saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's quartet is evidence we can expand evolutionary theory to music, specifically jazz improvisation. Amado, a torchbearer of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Turbamulta: Turbamulta

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This Portuguese experimental outfit presents a conglomerate of faint sounds, striking colors and multilayered passages with textural backwashes and asymmetrical pulses. As a whole, the musicians use off-centered instrumentation, and they tender a diverse playbook that should goad a listener's concentration. The quintet launches the festivities with “I," which is included in a three-part suite, “like a mast, an arm, a head." Here, they get off to a rather skittish start with eerie soundscapes and shadowy tonal swashes ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Leni Stern: 3

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For her critically acclaimed Dakar Suite (Leni Stern Recordings, 2016), Leni Stern presented her African enhanced sounds with lavish 10-piece orchestrations and arrangements complete with horns and violins. For this 2018 release, Stern's compositions were written specifically for a 3 piece, as opposed to adapting a 10 piece composition. Hence the title. The “Khavare" (party) gets started with the sabar (a Sengalese drum) cadence of percussionist Alioune Faye. This lively tune is broadened by bassist Mamadou Ba and ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Magpie Salute At The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Gov't Mule, The Avett Brothers and Magpie Salute The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Dark Side Of The Mule Tour 2018 Wantagh, NY July 12, 2018 Gov't Mule is a southern rock influenced jam band, formed in 1994 bu Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, as a side project to what, at the time was their main gigs as lead guitarist and bassist for the Allman Brothers Band. After releasing ...

MIXCLOUD

Marc Ribot, Dos Santos and other great new (and not so new) releases

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This episode features new releases and fresh sounds, from postmodern big bands to protest songs to lyrical meditations that will melt your heart. Happy listening! Photo credit: Barbara Rigon Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Dos Santos “Sole Party" from Logos (International Anthem) 0:17 Dos Santos “(You Are) My Revolution" from Logos (International Anthem) 3:50 Host talks 8:07 Pyeng Threadgill “Head Full of Hair, Heart ...

Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

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Sitting In It Dear Mr. P.C.: Is there an “etiquette" as when to accept and when to decline joining a band on stage when invited? --Getting Uneasy Each Sit-in Time Dear GUEST: First, the obvious: If you're better than the band, sitting in makes them look bad but makes you look good. If you're worse than the band, sitting in makes them look good but makes you look bad. That means the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tin Men and the Telephone: World Domination Vol 1: Furie

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Seriously, if this is what world domination sounds like, sign me up for a lifetime subscription! Sure you can control this trio with a smartphone through the Tinmendo app, but can you really? These guys are so gloriously off the rails, so wondrously their own entity that, yeah, go find your hot spot and hope for reception, but you ain't in control. None of us are (at the moment). But when this Amsterdam-based cauldron of invention and genre-mashing ...

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Groovemeisters: Dennis Coffey and Barry Goldberg

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Any musiclover worth his or her salt will testify to the fact that some of the best instrumentalists are the greatest unsung heroes. Playing during any given era of rock and roll, blues, jazz or funk, in any cross-fertilization thereof, session players, sidemen and collaborators of comparatively low profiles can be part and parcel of the most durable recordings and memorable stage performances. To that end, the names of such figures as Barry Goldberg and Dennis Coffey invariably turn up ...