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Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to Brazilian choro to Hindu chant. “From a young age, I have been drawn to music that speaks real culture, beginning with the rich musical ...

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Raphael Malfliet Large Ensemble: LE10 18-05

Read "LE10 18-05" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his debut album, Noumenon (Ruweh Records, 2016), Belgian-born bassist Raphael Malfliet incorporated his influences of modern classical, avant-garde, and improvised music, without deference to any particular genre. In that trio setting, Malfliet mixed textures and loose, fluctuating melodies that played as a surprisingly full sound and served to emphasize the opposing uses of silence. The composer/bassist expands to a large ensemble on LE10 18-05, sometimes employing the instruments' natural voices, but often imposing extended techniques in abstract settings.

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Denny Zeitlin: Remembering Miles

Read "Remembering Miles" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Denny Zeitlin, pushing hard ahead in an extraordinary recording career that began in 1963 with a sideman job on Jeremy Steig's Flute Fever (Columbia Records), has settled artistically, fifty years on, into a pair welcoming homes: Sunnyside Records, for whom he has recorded ten superb albums, beginning with 2009's In Concert Featuring Buster Williams and Matt Wilson, and Oakland, California's Piedmont Piano Company, where he has taken up residence in recent years to present solo piano recitals focusing on ...

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Merry Peers: Merry Peers

Read "Merry Peers" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The collective name under which Brad Henkel and Yoshiko Klein operate suggests that the duo's debut release is a record filled with jolly songs about inconsequential things (or that it's a tribute to the Grand Slam winning French tennis professional, Mary Pierce). Whether such intentions are deliberate or not, it takes only a few seconds of “Glad We Did" to make it clear that jollity is thin on the ground, even if some sections of these two lengthy compositions might ...

RADIO

Jeremy Pelt Quintet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Jeremy Pelt Quintet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

On his new album The Artist (February 2019) the famed American trumpeter/composer delves into the legacy of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In the five-movement Rodin Suite he muses not only on works the artist left us, but how his art might have evolved if he were still with us today. His ensemble is capable of delicacy and color as well as full on contemporary jazz sounds. Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent trumpeters within the world ...

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Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward: Music! Music! Music!

Read "Music! Music! Music!" reviewed by Doug Collette

Music! Music! Music! will cement the revelatory impression guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward leave upon attendees of their concerts. Having repaired to the studio in November 2018, the duo maximized the spontaneity of those proceedings through the enlistment of drummer Derrek Phillips. adding a spark that further ignited the keen chemistry the pair had honed on stage. In recent years, Charlie Hunter has revealed a predilection for the blues that may very well have led to ...

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Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the first time around, it will be just as compelling—maybe even more so—when a significant amount of time has passed since it was last experienced. ...

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Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If somehow you haven't yet heard saxophonist Greg Abate (pronounced Uh-BAH-tay), now in his seventh decade and as sharp and eloquent an orator as ever, it is high time you did. The Rhode Island native is an earnest post-bopper from the Phil Woods / Bud Shank school of straight-on swinging, and Gratitude, Abate's fourth album with the admirable Tim Ray Trio, happens upon the ensemble in blue-chip form in a lively concert recorded on the cozy stage of the Zeiterion ...

RADIO

Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum

Read "Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Jessica Jones Quartet's latest album, Continuum, is the product of an earnest and organic execution of musical creativity. Continuum features Jessica Jones on tenor saxophone, tony Jones on tenor saxophone, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, Devante Dunbar on alto saxophone, Ed Reed on vocals, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, and Mamadou Sidibe on Kamali ngoni. Joins Jessica and me as we talk about the album, the Bay area, cats in Africa, and other not quite related topics. Playlist ...

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Alex Delcourt: To My Brothers

Read "To My Brothers" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album by bassist Alex Delcourt is a treasure of a recording, a contemporary mirror of the hard bop movement of the past. It's as if that music awakened from its sleep years later and is as fresh today as it was then. Except for seasoned valve trombonist and trumpeter John Swana, the personnel consists of younger musicians doing the rounds of local clubs in Philadelphia, developing their chops and ideas by doing gigs. This accounts for their spontaneity and ...

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Daniel Cano: Social Music

Read "Social Music" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Interviewed by Bryant Gumbel for NBC's the Today Show in 1982, Miles Davis wrily responded “I don't like that word jazz...I think social music...all the social melodies...out in [the] air...it's not jazz anymore...that's the social music I'm talking about. You take what you want out and leave what you don't like. You know, like food." Thus Davis coined the phrase “social music" which consequently inspired the title of Daniel Cano's album. Following the serpentine intro to the title track, bassist ...

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3x3: Piano Trios, vol. V

Read "3x3: Piano Trios, vol. V" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Nick Sanders Trio Playtime 2050 Sunnyside Records 2019 Nick Sanders understandably sees some turbulence ahead at the midpoint of the century (not to mention the decades leading up to it). Disturbing as this cover may seem, though, he and a couple adventurous trio- mates make sure this speculative portrait keeps its focus on the figurative playground. Their sequence of brief musical snapshots covers a wide range of feels with liveliness and try-anything abandon above ...


Waltz for my Childhood

The last single of Jazzy Sky, a sweet Jazz song, about childhood memories...

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