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INTERVIEWS

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Continuing The Dream

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel: Continuing The Dream" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Jazz has always traveled. It finds inquisitive musicians all over the globe, where often, people outside the U.S. receive the message more readily than those in the country where it was born. Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel was already improvising with his older brother, for fun, in the time leading up to his discovery of the art form.He grasped it quickly. Fortunately for the world of art, he chose to investigate. While he still plays the classical music of ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate: The Ripple Effect

Read "The Ripple Effect" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Ripple Effect is the coup de grace of Bela Fleck's ten year-plus excursion into the African roots of his chosen instrument of the banjo, originally titled Throw Down Your Heart (Rounder, 2009). Part of a larger set comprised of both video and audio on DVD/CD, The Complete Africa Sessions (Craft Recordings, 2020), these ten concert culls are also available as a double set of vinyl that capture the natural, fluent chemistry between this banjoist extraordinaire and West African kora ...

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Pursuance: The Coltranes

Read "Pursuance: The Coltranes" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Maybe it's the nuances she's picked up sharing stages with Rashied Ali, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, or a deep intuition not only into jazz, but also into James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone. Perhaps it's her Washington Heights sidewalk sense that, no matter the game, you play and play alike. Or that you learn from the past only by rethinking its effects on the future. These are just some of the questions possibly worth pondering during the ...

IN PICTURES

Marquis Hill at the Attucks Theatre

Read "Marquis Hill at the Attucks Theatre" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Marquis Hill doesn't usually get a chance to play straight ahead jazz standards. The jny: Chicago born, Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz competition winner combines all genres of music, jazz, hip-hop, soul, Chicago house, R&B -to Hill “It all comes from the same tree. They simply blossomed from different branches." His latest album, Love Tape, combines his own compositions with spoken word by women sharing their thoughts on self love."Before you can love someone else, you must first love yourself." ...

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Jenny Davis: Rearranged

Read "Rearranged" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The first listen is simply heating the snifter to introduce the complex and commanding music made as essence to the listener. The second and subsequent listenings consumes the musical liquor of the talent and vision of vocalist and composer Jenny Davis, who reveals a very sophisticated creative method existing at the triple point of her singing, composing and activism. Davis's previous recordings It Amazes Me (Self Produced, 2006) and Inside You (Self Produced, 2010) were well received, setting Davis up ...

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Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins and Miya Masaoka: MZM

Read "MZM" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Three world-class musicians whose long paths had yet to intersect, pianist Myra Melford, electronics wizard Zeena Parkins and kotoist Miya Masaoka finally team up for MZM. It's a potent, concentrated set of fully-improvised pieces that highlight the trio's ability to craft something wholly new while retaining each of their unique musical personalities. The album was first released by Infrequent Seams in 2017, but it's getting a reboot here. Most of the ten tracks range from three to six ...

RADIO

Richie Goods, Ron Carter, McCoy Tyner and More

Read "Richie Goods, Ron Carter, McCoy Tyner and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with an interview with veteran bassist Richie Goods, before delving into new music from Christopher Hollyday and hear about his adventures at the Village Vanguard. Finally, we honor the late great McCoy Tyner. Playlist Richie Goods “Eastern Joy Dance" My Left Hand Man: A Tribute to Mulgrew Miller (Richman Music) 00:00 Host talks 6:01 Mulgrew Miller “Elation" The Sequel (MAXJAZZ) 7:49 Ron Carter “Telephone" Heart & Soul (Timeless) 13:05 Host talks 16:14 Jimmy Mundy ...


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