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Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: Ragmala: A Garland Of Ragas

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Percussionist Adam Rudolph performed and recorded extensively with World Music originator Yusef Lateef from 1988-2013, and has performed with trumpeters Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. He became a composer after being inspired by Cherry (also one of World Music's originators) while staying at his home. In the Go: Organic Orchestra he has developed a remarkable improvisational conducting style. The Orchestra has been active for nearly twenty years; their first recording was Go: Organic Orchestra: 1 ...

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Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

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Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early '80s lineup of Weather Report. On five subsequent albums over the next quarter century, a rotating Urban Knights cast has showcased famous players and ...

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Michael Formanek Very Practical Trio: Even Better

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Composer and bassist Michael Formanek's Even Better is an adventurous compilation of bluesy abstractions with surprising twists and turns. Opting for a drummer-less trio format, Formanek gives himself room to negotiate the terrain with his own intimate rhythm. He is aided and abetted by his longtime collaborator, saxophonist virtuoso Tim Berne, and guitarist extraordinaire Mary Halvorson. Formanek's style of playing is relaxed. His runs up and down the neck of the bass are, even at their most intense, ...

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A Trip Into the Jazz Room with selections from DJ Paul Murphy

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This shows features music from the Jazz Room complied by Paul Murphy which is out on BBE Records. The music goes deep with tracks from Imperial Tiger Orchestra, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. Sit back, put the headphones on and be mesmerised with 50 minutes of great music. Playlist Rez Abbasi “Wedding Preparation" from A Throw of the Dice (Whirlwind Recordings) 1:55 Blue Mode “Smells Like Teen Spirit" from The Jazz Room compiled by Paul Murphy (BBE ...

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Victor Gould, Eastern Rebellion, Ray Santos and More

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This week we open our show with a bright young cat that is leading the new jazz march, Victor Gould, in our mission to showcase the best and brightest in the world of jazz. From there, we shift to an elder statesman Ahmad Jamal and to others notable players on today's scene, like Champian Fulton, Andrés Vial and Rez Abbasi. A musician from London reached out to the show recently by the name of Loz Speyer and we are happy ...

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Dead & Company at The NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Dead & Company NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum The Fall Fun Run Tour Uniondale, NY November 5, 2019 With the former Nassau Coliseum smelling like a mixture of pot, patchouli and incense with the vast majority of the attendees wearing something featuring tie-dye colors, the latest incarnation of the Grateful Dead, Dead & Co. took the stage and delivered a concert that had the multi-generational audience dancing, acting out the tunes ...

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Rastko Obradovic Quartet: The Northern Experience

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Heads up. New kid on the block. Rastko Obradovic is a 24-year old Serbian saxophonist with bags of talent. He has his own voice, is a characterful composer and resourceful arranger, and sounds like he has what it takes to go the distance. Born and raised in Belgrade, Obradovic studied Jazz Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NAM) in Oslo, graduating in 2017. The Northern Experience is his second release, following Wabi Sabi (AMP, 2018), an EP ...

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Handel's Messiah 2019

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This is the best class of Messiah releases that I can recall in many years. All are imports and may take effort locating, but each of these has their own undeniable charm. Il caro Sassone rests easy. Hallelujah, indeed! Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704, Vaclav Kuks Messiah Accent Records 2019 Crisp, brisk, and almost frantically presented, this Czech performance of Messiah stands as one with the greatest velocity on record, competing ...

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Dor Herskovits: Flying Elephants

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Drummer Dor Herskovits has been recording since 2017 as a member of the forward-thinking jazz group Earprint. His own quintet has a similar modern style but does more incorporation of older jazz traditions into its work. This group's music can be either raucous or dreamy and sometimes brings up refracted echoes of other players. On “Palette" pianist Issac Wilson and the leader sway together through a wispy melody like Paul Bley and Paul Motian accompanied by Hery Paz's ...

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Nguyen Le: Overseas

Read "Overseas" reviewed by Don Phipps

Robust and compelling, guitarist and composer Nguyen Le's Overseas continues his explorations of hybrid jazz—a jazz which combines traditional Vietnamese music with a personal style of jazzy soulful funk. Ancient instruments and urban rhythms collide, creating a kaleidoscopic musical mix that is at times hopping, like a busy Ho Chi Minh City avenue, and at times peaceful, like a morning sunrise over the ocean on an deserted tropical beach. Le composed the music as part of a performance ...

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Enrico Rava: Around the Jazz World in 80 Years - The Leader Part -1

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In advance of the long-overdue return of Enrico Rava to New York -where he will be taking part in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of ECM at Jazz at Lincol Center on 1 and 2 November—here is the first installment of an overview of the career of the grand master of Italian Jazz. Enrico Rava turned 80 this year and has had a five-decade long artistic path that paralleled and often intersected that of the label founded ...


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