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Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: The Endless Summer of Love

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Fifty years ago, the Woodstock Festival blazed the music scene and put modern society on the map. Yes, it was the era of hippies, counterculture, peace, love, and dope. The west coast made its own lasting impression with the far-out, peaceful, yet happening, streets of San Francisco. The rich music scene was as potent as the LSD doled out at Haight-Ashbury. People were turning on to Bay Area artists such as the Jefferson Airplane, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Elvin ...

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Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse: Dig

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Guitarist Michael Musillami and bassist Rich Syracuse continue their engagement with the titans of the jazz world with Dig, their homage to Bill Evans. Like the discs that preceded it, Of The Night (Playscape, 2016), dedicated to Wayne Shorter and Bird Calls (Playscape, 2017), their salute to Charles Mingus, the duo approach this repertoire with both reverence and imagination, producing treatments that avoid simply capitulating to Evans' genius by opening his tunes to creative scrutiny. It's noteworthy that ...

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Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit

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Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit Booth Playhouse Charlotte, NC September 20, 2019 There's something about the trumpet: brash, brassy, loud, and always a powerful lead voice in any ensemble. If one trumpet is all of those things, imagine what five would sound like. For the Jazz Room's second Trumpet Summit six trumpeters were scheduled, but five turned out to be the perfect number. Ariel Mejia (who would have been the youngest of the group) ...

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MeVsMyself: Mictlán

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MeVsMyself is the name that Italian experimental vocalist Giorgio Pinardi uses for his solo voice project. It refers to the ancient Aztec representation of the after-life. In this religious concept, all souls explore eight different dimensions after death before reaching their final rest, a voyage reflected in the eight tracks here. Given the inspiration for the project, it should not be surprising that Pinardi draws on a wide variety of vocal traditions from all over the world. The process is ...

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Impressions of Coltrane

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To mark reaching the 350th edition of World of Jazz a show focusing on the music of John Coltrane with music from the man and also interpretations of his compositions by other jazz artists.... Playlist John Coltrane “Billie's Bounce" from The Prestige Recordings (Prestige) 00:00 Khan Jamal “Blues for P.C." from Impressions of Coltrane (Steeplechase) 10:44 Jack DeJohnette, Matthew Garrison, Ravi Coltrane “Alabama" from In Movement (ECM) 19:51 Teodross Avery “Blues Minor" from After The Rain, A Night For Coltrane ...

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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

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Cross fertilization has been at the heart of jazz since its inception when African rhythms met European instrumentation. That stylistic melange is taken to another level in the cultural melting pot of New York City. Being based in the city since 2001, it's little surprise that Canadian pianist Kris Davis has developed an ever-expanding list of associates. But Davis refuses to recognize boundaries, so she has found a way to incorporate their diverse backgrounds on Diatom Ribbons, the third release ...

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Live From Brussels: Aldous Harding, Samantha Fish & Deus

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Aldous Harding Botanique May 14, 2019 The Rotonde room in Botanique is a pleasingly intimate environment with tiered ledges in, yes, a most-of-a-circle formation. For this unsurprisingly sold out show, right at the beginning of New Zealand singer Aldous Harding's European tour, all space was sardined, but your scribe fortunately found a teetering spot, right at the lip of the entrance steps. Such a crammed crowd imparted an added aura of closeness to a ...

Celebrating John Coltrane with Cultural Documentarian Steve Rowland

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Steve Rowland is a documentarian, educator, lover of music and humanity. Discussing his journey for this article was enjoyable, thought-provoking and informative. Steve is a humble man, and he wanted the focus of this article to be on the music, but I hope also to shed light on what goes into the development of a good man who lives a life of integrity. Our initial discussion for the interview took place last year and the discussions grew with a lasting ...

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Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings

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A Man and His Word Art Pepper's career as an alto saxophonist is often said to exist in two eras, separated by incarceration and marriage, joined together by a penchant for substance abuse. In 1952, Pepper was a young jazzman on the rise in a world where John Coltrane and Miles Davis had yet to become household names. This era, which gained substantial steam with the release of The Art Pepper Quartet (Tampa, 1956), was one where he laid the ...

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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The virtuoso pianist and composer Kris Davis has been ubiquitous in 2019. Her projects with Nate Wooley, Ken Vandermark, and Craig Taborn have been complemented by her appointment to the faculty of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. Davis will serve as associate director of creative development and teach composition and improvisation courses. The Berklee program's founder and artistic director, Terri Lyne Carrington, is one member of the outstanding ensemble that appears on Davis' new project Diatom Ribbons. ...

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5x3: Piano Trios: September 2019

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Well, some months are packed too full of these goodies to cover in batches of three. We can only hang on and try to keep up. Aki Rissanen Art in Motion Edition Records 2019 Past, present and future don't collide but smash together in one happy jumble through this trio's splendid third outing. The stately refinement of European classical and folk music, the mantric minimalism of Nik Bärtsch and the modern ...

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Saxophone Summit: Street Talk

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Since coming together in 1999 to celebrate the late-period work of John Coltrane, the aptly named Saxophone Summit has lost only one original member. Michael Brecker passed in 2007 and was replaced by Ravi Coltrane, who has in turn been replaced by Greg Osby. The other principals, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, are unchanged, as is the accompanying trio of pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart. As its name claims, the ensemble is ...


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