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Emma Swift's Multitudes

Read "Emma Swift's Multitudes" reviewed by Eric Gudas

As its title suggests, Blonde on the Tracks, Australian-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emma Swift's first full-length album, re-interprets songs from the heart of Bob Dylan 1960s and '70s catalog, although its span covers his most recent work. Swift belongs to the generations of listeners who grew up on the songs of Gram Parsons}], Dylan, {{m: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bill Withers, Leonard Cohen, and other masters of 1960s and '70s-era Great North American Songbook, much as Dylan and his contemporaries were ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Modasaurus: 4K

Read "4K" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Modasaurus? It sounds like some pre-historic reptilian herbivore that spent a good deal of its day staying out of the clutches of the Tyrannosaurus Rex of its time, employing, we can guess, modes of avoidance, guile and deception to keep from being eaten. But our guess would be wrong. Our Modasaurus is an Ottawa-based jazz-fusion quartet, led by pianist James McGowan. The group's recording 4K covers sonic ground similar that of the early Pat Metheny Quartet, with its ...

RADIO

Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases

Read "Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Genre-bending, re-imaginings of masters past and present, and eclectic alliances of musicians from different scenes and backgrounds are at the heart of this week's roll-call of new and upcoming releases, with the latest albums by Jyoti (a.k.a. Georgia Anne Muldrow), and Hal Willner, deserving special attention. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Butcher Brown “Cabbage (DFC)" #KingButch (Concord) 0:16 Host talks 4:53 Ezra Collective “Dark Side Riddim" ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Trio Linguae: Signals

Read "Signals" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Signals introduces the snug and simpatico Trio Linguae ("lin-gwee") from western Canada whose unusual makeup (trumpet, guitar, piano) doesn't hinder it from painting a series of shapely and pleasing portraits in sound. Trumpeter Kevin Woods had been performing with his compatriots—pianist Miles Black, guitarist John Stowell—for more than a decade but never before on the same stage. Aligning them together, which was not Woods' original plan, proved to be a master stroke, as they entwine in unison like the proverbial ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove / John Medeski / Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

William Parker gets deserved acclaim for his abilities as a bassist and his activism and leadership in the avant jazz community but not as much for his composing. Drummer Jeff Cosgrove tries to correct that with this project that features Parker's music played by an organ trio with no bassist. Cosgrove's partners in this venture are John Medeski on organ and Jeff Lederer on various reeds. Both are adept at covering the wide variety of gut-bucket grooves, spiritual ...

RADIO

Pulitzer and Polar Prizes —Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

Read "Pulitzer and Polar Prizes —Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter" reviewed by Russell Perry

Much of Jazz at 100 Today! so far has focused on younger musicians who are making their mark on the music. In this hour, we look at the late career accolades for Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith who have been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Committee, and Wayne Shorter, the recipient of the 2017 Polar Prize. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quintet “Thurgood Marshall and Brown Vs. Board of Education: A Dream of Equal ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost)

Read "CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums  With No Added Sugar (Almost)" reviewed by Chris May

Few jazz producers divide opinion as much as Creed Taylor. He is a hero to many and a villain to as many more. His fans love him for his high production values. His detractors accuse him of dumbing jazz down with excessively sweetened orchestrations and other sales-oriented compromises. Nowhere is the dispute more heated than over Taylor's output for his own CTI label, which spanned jazz-funk, fusion, hard bop and post-bop straight-ahead. Taylor cut his teeth in ...


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