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Various Artists: We Out Here

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This vivid snapshot of young London's jazz scene, featuring nine bands and a collective pool of 35 musicians, contains close to an hour of daring and uplifting music--from rebooted spiritual-jazz through abstract experimentation to Afrobeat-flavoured dancefloor urgency, a rich mix further enlivened by shots of grime, hip hop and funk. It was recorded over three days last August under the light-touch supervision of its musical director, the saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, who leads his own line-up on one track ...

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Various Artists: ANDINA: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes

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ANDINA captures The Sound of the Peruvian Andes from vinyl singles originally released by Sono Radio, Iempsa, El Virrey and other Peruvian labels from 1968 to 1978, a most tumultuous social/musical decade. The first installment in a new Tiger's Milk Records compilation series, assembled by Tiger's Milk co-founders Duncan Ballantyne and Martin Morales with Peruvian musical expert DJ Andres Tapia del Rio, ANDINA continues the label's regional exploration of the unique musical roots and fruits of Peru (which already includes ...

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Various Artists: Christmas

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'Tis the season. Just ask Jazz At The Ballroom. That Bay Area-based non-profit arts organization is making spirits bright with this collection of music showcasing top-flight artists who've appeared in its concerts. Everybody from the illustrious Freddy Cole to the supremely suave Nicki Parrott to the bright-eyed Champian Fulton gets in on the action. Good vibes abound and surround across these sixteen succinct tracks. Most of this material is comforting as can be, going down as easy ...

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Various Artists: Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts

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Tribute concerts are often a mixed bag, especially if the idea is to bring a group of stars together to pay homage to an influential musical figure. The recent tribute to the wonderful singer, Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (Columbia, 2016) is a sad case in point. There is no shortage of stars on that particular album, but the aesthetic understanding of Bennett's music is so limited that it reduces rather than expands the scope of his musical legacy. ...

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Various Artists: The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline Oliveros

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As a composer, accordionist, electronics innovator, and wordless vocalist, the late Pauline Oliveros was a pioneer in experimental electronic music and composition dating back to the 1960s. She influenced composers John Cage and Terry Riley, performed with saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, percussionist Susie Ibarra, producer and musician DJ Spooky, and she has composed for rockers Sonic Youth. In 2016--shortly before her death--she recorded Nessuno (I Dischi Di Angelica) with Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury, and Wadada Leo Smith. The acknowledgments to the ...

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Various Artists: E.S.T. Symphony

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Before Esbjorn Svensson's tragic death in 2008 there were clear signs that e.s.t. was hungry to explore new musical terrain; Leucocyte (ACT Records, 2008), the trio's live-in-the-studio improvisation with its metal-jazz thunder, brooding electronics and epic excursions was proof of that. However, five years previously, Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom had played a handful of dates in Europe with chamber orchestras, an experiment that hinted at the trio's desire to explore the music in an altogether different arena. If ...

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Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Deluxe Edition

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Close on the heels of Pearl Jam's explosive induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's obviously no coincidence an expanded twenty-fifth anniversary edition appears of the soundtrack to Singles, the (third) film by Cameron Crowe, focused on the ascendant grunge scene of the early 1990s in Seattle. Available in super deluxe format of two LP's and a bonus CD-actually the second of two discs in the expanded form of that medium-the new edition contains the ...

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Various Artists: E.S.T. Symphony

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One of the most widely popular piano trios in modern memory, e.s.t. combined jazz, classical, rock, and extended techniques in an organic and original way that hasn't been heard before. Since the tragic, accidental death of the visionary pianist/composer Esbjörn Svensson in 2008, there have been a handful of piano trios that provided a glimmer of hope that the “next e.s.t." was near at hand. Releases such as The Tingvall Trio Skagerrak (Skip Records/Soulfood), Sebastian Liedke Trio To Walk in ...

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Various Artists: Tribute to Andrezej Przybielski Vol. 1

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If the Polish trumpeter and composer Andrzej Przybielski (1944-2011) was under-recognized in his native country, he has been all but unknown in the West. Though he had established his early career in traditional jazz groups, he later became a mythical figure on the Polish avant-garde jazz and free jazz scenes. Later in his career, Przybielski entered a phase that combined the influences of native folk music, improvised jazz, electronics and punk. With more than fifty albums in his portfolio, Przybielski ...