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Two Exciting And Poignant Albums From Wendy Eisenberg

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A fearless improviser with a refreshing disregard for genre, Wendy Eisenberg is a poet, banjoist and vocalist yet Eisenberg's guitar fully showcases her mastery. This virtuoso explores all dimensions of her instrument with fiery elegance and a vibrant sense of adventure to her music. In 2018 she released two stimulating and unique albums: Its Shape is Your Touch (VSDQ, 2018) and The Machinic Unconscious (Tzadik, 2018). Wendy Eisenberg Its Shape is Your Touch VSDQ 2018 ...

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Mariel Austin: Runner in the Rain

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In case anyone is wondering whether big-band jazz continues to hold appeal for younger musicians, witness this debut five-track album from trombonist Mariel Austin. Despite (or perhaps because of) her youth, Austin possesses an ambitious and expansive vision. And on Runner in the Rain, she marshals a skilled ensemble, many of whom are friends from the New England Conservatory or the Berklee College of Music, to craft music that has one foot firmly planted in the jazz tradition, while the ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Jazz at Kitano: Duduka Da Fonseca and Brazilian Express

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Brazilian percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca has led a variety of groups in Gotham venues for the past several years, performing the wildly popular samba music he learned growing up in Rio de Janeiro. His December 8 performance at The Kitano Hotel lounge in New York City was a high point of the holiday season, celebrating the music of pianist Dom Salvador. Fourteen-year-old Da Fonseca would play along with Salvador's album Rio 65 Trio (Philips, 1965). Da Fonseca and Brazilian Express ...

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Baldo Martinez: Cuarteto Europa

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Spanish bassist/composer Baldo Martínez (founding member of the bands Clunia and Zyklus; worked with trumpeters Kenny Wheeler and Paolo Fresu, pianist Joachim Kuhn and others) leads the aptly named Cuarteto Europa (Quartet Europe) with French violinist Dominique Pifarely (probably best known for his ECM recordings, as a leader and with reedist Louis Sclavis), Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser (who has been associated with players like double bassist Thomas Morgan; drummers Paul Motian, Gerald Cleaver and Pierre Favre; and guitarist Marc Ducret) ...

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Carla Campopiano Trio: Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections

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Just as jazz was born in the brothels of New Orleans, tango was first played in disreputable dives along the banks of the River Plate (Rio de Plata), which forms the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was a heady mix of the German waltz, the Czech polka, the Polish mazurka, the Bohemian schottische, the Spanish-Cuban habanera, the African candombe and the Argentinian milonga. Like jazz, as it developed, its direction of travel was northwards. Finally, ...

IN PICTURES
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Rolling Stones: Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition

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It is hard to properly define when rock music reached its zenith, so I am going to designate that pinnacle as the four-year period between 1968 and 1972. As a not-so-certain coincidence, this same period corresponds to what is considered the Golden Age of the Rolling Stones, which further not-so-certainly coincides with the departure and subsequent death of founding member Brian Jones and the hiring of Mick Taylor away from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. But that is getting a little ahead ...

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO NOW

Jeroen Kimman

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1. Puro Huayno, Antologia de la musica Peruana (Wisepack ltd, 2000). For a few years I've been in love with Hauyno music from Bolivia and Peru, to a point where I sometimes have to force myself to put something else on; it's addicting. It's like its own musical language, and I will never be able to work out what is exactly going on rhythmically; those kind of things that can just not be written down. This Peruvian compilation ...

RADIO

That Special Time of Year

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This broadcast gets into the swing of the season, which includes holiday releases by Duchess and Laura Dickinson plus a new recording by pianist Kelly Green, with birthday shout outs to Gloria Lynne, Etta Jones, Arthur Schwartz, Johnny Mandel, June Christy and Hoagy Carmichael, among others. Playlist Geri Allen “In Appreciation" from Geri Allen & Timeline Live (Motema) 00:00 Gloria Lynne “All Day Long" from Miss Gloria Lynne (Essential Media Group) 06:46 Phyllis Blanford “Blue Woman" from Edgewalker ...

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Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii: Intelsat

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This is the ninth of twelve CDs celebrating leading-edge pianist, composer Satoko Fujii's 60th birthday. On this album Fujii and Australian keyboardist Alistir Spence (Barre Phillip, Myra Melford) perform a series of over-the-top duets in front of a live audience in 2017 at the Intelstat jazz venue in Kiracho, Nishio, Japan. The artists first met when Fuji and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura toured Australia in 2007, leading to subsequent collaborations. The duo's charismatic alliance is teeming with unbridled resourcefulness. ...