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Jazz Migration 2018

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Le Dynamo-Banlieu BleueJazz Migration Paris December 3, 2018 Selection/support of talent Jazz Migration started in 2002 to foster, accompany and support the professional career of selected young talent in jazz. Coaching is an important aspect of it and at the core stands the organization and procurement of concerts, nationally and internationally, for an annual selection of four groups of musicians. The four laureates are nominated through an election process opened to 100 promoters inside and ...

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Doug Collette's Best Releases of 2018

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It wasn't hard in the least to compile a 'Best of...' list for 2018. The titles were self-evident as they rolled out, with almost clockwork regularity, over the course of the twelve months, ultimately comprising what I kept going back to most often during the year, enjoying each one more (and in a slightly different way) with each successive hearing. Jamie Saft Solo A Genova Rare Noise Records Jamie Saft Quartet

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Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2018

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Despite (or in defiant response to) the difficulties of the streaming age, 2018 has seen another musical bumper crop--especially for those of us who particularly love the sound of the piano. There were enough top-notch offerings to make a list at least twice as long, but these have been the most frequent and satisfying staples in the soundtrack of my year. On a side note: it's also worth quickly mentioning URO's OR and Audun Trio's Rondane (both on ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard

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Pianist Fred Hersch's discography has been both broadening and deepening in recent years. Besides solo and group recordings, he has released collaborations such as Live in Healdsburg (Anzic, 2018), with multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen. In addition, the archiving of his past work has borne fruit in the form of a remastered Heartsongs (Sunnyside, 2018) and now Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard. The latter is a corollary to the former, recorded in concert with a different lineup ...

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Fourth Page: The Forest from Above

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It is a pleasure to welcome this new album by the quartet Fourth Page. After a flurry of activity in 2011, during which they released three albums, including their previous Leo recording, Blind Horizons, the group stayed together until 2013. Following a four-year break to work on other projects (during which guitarist-vocalist Charlie Beresford and pianist Carolyn Hume recorded with classically-trained cellist Sonia Hammond), the original foursome, with bassist Peter Marsh and drummer Paul May, reunited and recorded this album ...

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Rudy Royston, Wojciech Jachna and More

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This week the featured album is the new release by Rudy Royston, and we focus on Polish trumpet maestro Wojciech Jachna. In between a varied selection of different genres from the wide World of Jazz. Playlist Rudy Royston “Soul Train" from Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf) 00:00 Valerio Pontrandolfo & Harold Mabern Trio “Twenty" from Are You Sirius? (Associazione In Jazz We Trust) 10:46 Jon Irabagon “Quintessential Kitten" from It Takes All Kinds (Jazzwerkstatt) 15:09 Nicole Mitchell Indigo Trio “Thankfulness" ...

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Lynn Cassiers Imaginary Band: Imaginary Band

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Belgian vocalist, experimentalist Lynn Cassiers' debut album with this band is largely unclassifiable. So, we take the easy way out and state that it heavily leans towards the avant-garde spectrum, although these loose, semi-structured works are embedded with jazz, free improv, and the leader's silky vocals, intermittently treated with electronics. No doubt, the music parallels the inferences of the album moniker. Moody, otherworldly and gently magnetic may loom as accurate descriptors. The program includes alien dialogues, oddball maneuvers ...

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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy

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Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death. On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he included a list of 179 people that had influenced him, including jazz luminaries like Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

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Eden Bareket Trio: Night

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There are plenty of rapid, skittering, minimalist moments on Night, young baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket's shadowy sophomore effort. In a smoky, late-night jam, with the moon hovering over the Brooklyn Bridge, Bareket runs the range of his instrument on eight lean and feisty originals and Matti Caspi's “Lost Melody." Bareket's solos are dark, sonorous, slippery concoctions as they wind their rubbery way, banking tight corners and wide turns, while his sinewy rhythm section of bassist brother Or Bareket ...

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Mars Williams: An Ayler Xmas Volume 2

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Recently, a major motion picture studio remade the 1967 animation classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring the voice of Boris Karloff. You might remember the animated cartoon was based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. The 21st century's computer-animation is an abomination, an insult to our childhood innocence, just as the Jim Carrey film from 2000 was. Now, before you take up arms or plan an Occupy Wall Street demonstration, I'm here to tell you ...