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Marion Brown / Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981

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Once again the Lithuanian NoBusiness team has unearthed a jewel from the archives, this time an unissued live recording by two masters of the 1960s New Thing who thrived thereafter. Alto saxophonist Marion Brown, a participant on John Coltrane's legendary Ascension (Impulse, 1965), and pianist Dave Burrell, a stalwart of Archie Shepp's outfits, combined on a number of releases under Brown's name, such as Juba-Lee (Fontana, 1967) and Three For Shepp (Impulse, 1967), but after that time had only collaborated ...

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Time Grove: More Than One Thing

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The titling of instrumental pieces might take any number of courses. Musicians can make them super deep, or use super obscure references. Dedications to a specific place or person are common, as is the use of instruments or genres. Many titles are just left open to the listener's interpretation. Tel Aviv band Time Grove offers all the above options on their debut record More Than One Thing. Based around the work of acclaimed pianist Nitai Hershkovits, the group ...

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Wandering Monster: Wandering Monster

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Wandering Monster is the eponymously titled debut album for a quintet comprising five young musicians based in the Leeds area of England. The group came to fame after winning the 2016/17 Jazz North Introduces Award, and is led by bassist Sam Quintana who wrote all the album's compositions. “Samsara" is driven-off by Quintana's resonant bass, Tom Higham's subtle drumming and Aleks Podraza's fluid piano line before the ensemble kicks-in with a labyrinthine theme. Plenty of space is afforded ...

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Aguanko: Pattern Recognition

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Aguanko's composer, conguero and bandleader Dr. Alberto Nacif first stepped into the worlds of Latin and Afro-Cuban percussion alongside Cuban conga/bongo master Armando Peraza, the pillar of percussion fire who blazed throughout the Santana band's first decade. On Pattern Recognition, Nacif teams with another legendary Cuban percussionist: José “Pepe" Espinosa, who jumps in on timbales, guiro and bongos, and doubles as producer of Aguanko's third release. Aguanko's albums consistently run with the humming, precision consistency of an exquisitely ...

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For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

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The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year ! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at Kitano (Self released) 00:00 Tom Waits “New Year's Eve" from Bad As Me (Anti) 03:45 Una Mae Carlisle “Oh I'm Evil" from Divas, ...

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A Conversation with Trumpeter Gil Defay

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Gil Defay's new album, It's All Love draws from his background in jazz, soul, and hiphop to create a collection of rich and accessible tunes that are all crafted with a generous dose of love. Join me and Gil as we talk about Mariah Carey, growing up a preacher's son, playing all F's on the trumpet, and a bunch of other related stuff. It's All Love features Ansy Defay on tenor/soprano saxophones and vocals, Rakiem Walker on ...

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Chuck Deardorf: Hanging On To The Groove

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Bassist Chuck Deardorf has gained a reputation for virtuosity and professionalism over a career that has thus far spanned 40 years. He has been the first call bassist in Seattle for most of his career, playing with some of the most renowned musicians in the history of jazz. For many years, despite having a prolific local jazz scene, the now burgeoning city of Seattle was considered a remote outpost in the jazz world. Many touring musicians would arrive on the ...

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Marianne Faithfull: Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45's 1964-1969

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If Come And Stay With Me proves anything, it is that Marianne Faithfull was hardly the mere waif she appeared to be during her initial rise to fame. This collection of her earliest work, comprised of the A and B-sides of UK Decca singles plus the Go Away From My World EP, suggest a resilience borne out by the longevity of a career still in progress (her latest album, Negative Capability (Panta Rei, 2018) came out last September).

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Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition

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With the exception of the expanded versions of Exile On Main Street (UME, 2010), Sticky Fingers (UME, 2011) and Some Girls (UME, 2015), the arguable essentials of their discography, the Rolling Stones have confined the archiving of their vault to unreleased concert material on audio and video rather than plumbing the depths for unreleased outtakes, demos and alternate arrangements. So it's little surprise that, while have been SACD releases of Rolling Stones catalog in the past, this Beggars Banquet 50th ...

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Chris Potter: Circuits

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Reedman Chris Potter is one of the most influential and inventive improvisors of these times. Circuits Potter and keyboardist James Francies, drummer Eric Harland and Bassist Linley Marthe For more than two decades Potter's limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing has wowed critics, musicians and fans. Following three acclaimed albums on ECM, Circuits sees Chris Potter, with a new home at Edition Records with a return to groove, echoing his music from the Underground.

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Various Artists: MPS: 50 Years

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In 2018, MPS--Musik Produktion Schwarzwald--Records, Germany's first jazz label, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Pianist Oscar Peterson recorded the first release for MPS after his contract with Verve expired. Its catalog expanded to feature George Duke, Red Garland, Wolfgang Dauner, Horst Jankowski, George Shearing, Monty Alexander and many other pianists. Violin became the label's second most featured instrument through releases by established masters such as Don “Sugarcane" Harris and Stéphane Grappelli, and emerging ones such as Didier Lockwood and Jean-Luc Ponty. ...

Old Folks, Countdown

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Old Folks Dear Mr. P.C.: When people in the audience are talking, it goes without saying they're not listening to the band. But for the rest of the audience, how do you know when they're actually listening as opposed to just thinking about something else altogether? --Unheard in Utah Dear Unheard: Any jazz musician used to scanning the audience will tell you that there's an identifiable “active listening" posture: Eyes closed, face ...