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INTERVIEW

Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music

Read "Johanna Burnheart: Techno Jazz Shines A Light: New Directions In Music" reviewed by Chris May

A relatively new name on London's alternative jazz scene, the German-born violinist, vocalist and composer Johanna Burnheart has made a rapid ascent since leaving the city's Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018. She has played on three of the scene's benchmark albums--spiritual-jazz band Maisha's There Is A Place (Brownswood, 2018), trombonist Rosie Turton's 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed, 2019) and trumpeter Yazz Ahmed's Polyhymnia (Ropeadope, 2019)--and now, in autumn 2020, Burnheart has released her own-name debut, Burnheart (Ropeadope). She co-produced ...

WE TRAVEL THE SPACEWAYS

The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records

Read "The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As listeners we so often typecast musicians and music labels. Artists are pigeonholed into silos: classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, etc.. Go into any record store (if you can find a brick & mortar one) and this segregation, a forced separation, is also evident. Even streaming services are divided in this manner. Maybe it is just human nature to create species designation for artists. It's a way for listeners, similar to the work of biologists grouping living organisms that are ...

ALBUM REVIEW

David Lord: Forest Standards Vol. 2

Read "Forest Standards Vol. 2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although his many years spent on the expansive plains of Wichita, Kansas, wouldn't make it likely that guitarist David Lord developed an obsession with the darker recesses of forest life, his music certainly conveys a deep appreciation of that somewhat otherworldly realm. On his Forest Standards Vol. 1 (BIG EGO Records, 2018) and current Vol. 2 follow-up, Lord's song titles reveal a particular fondness for fungi of all kinds—Coltricia, Polypores, and other colorful, quietly growing things which nonspecialists will undoubtedly ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Cyrus Nabipoor: Live At The Marigny Opera House

Read "Live At The Marigny Opera House" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whatever Mother Nature or callous venture bankers do to the battered city of New Orleans, its music keeeps getting passed from legend to legend to legend, to the next wave of youngsters that best exemplifies the historical resiliency of a people and their city. And perhaps one of the busiest and most inventive A-listers on New Orleans' thriving jazz scene is trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor, whose bold, magnetic lines and openness to free falling genres--Thelonious Monk, funk, rock, trad, hip-hop, bop--makes ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within

Read "The Call Within" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Tigran Hamasyan had already demonstrated that he's an excellent pianist: He won the Montreux Jazz Festival's piano competition in 2003. He was only seventeen when he released his first recording (World Passion, Nocturn) in 2005 and then he claimed top prize the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition the year after that. Hamasyan's Nonesuch Records debut Mockroot (2015), won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year. But The Call Within also illustrates Hamasyan's remarkable ...

RADIO

Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More

Read "Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is a little “reed" heavy with debuts of new recordings by Jason Robinson and his quartet, Ben Goldberg and Kenny Wollesen's Music for an Avant-Garde Massage Parlor, Portugal's José Lencastre, Rachel Musson from England, and I.P.A. from Scandinavia, plus several other saxophonically inclined folks. The Orchestre National De Jazz from France tackles the music of Ornette Coleman on Dancing in Your Head(s), while the duo of Matthew Putnam and Michael Sarian take a trip into the avant-garde. Lots ...

RADIO

Markus Reuter, Ray Russell, Randy Brecker and More

Read "Markus Reuter, Ray Russell, Randy Brecker and More" reviewed by Len Davis

This week we focus on raw, improvised music with touch guitars, electronics and drums amongst new releases from British and American bands. Our playlist mixes new releases, including improvised music from Markus Reuter or Ray Russell and the collaboration between Randy Brecker and Eric Marienthal, and some older material by the likes of Dave Liebman and Dave Weckl. Playlist Dave Liebman “JB Meets Sly" from Back on the Corner (Tone Center) 00:00 Petite Blonde “Two Price Hit" from ...


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