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Brandee Younger, Alexi Tuomarila, Fabian Almazan & More New Jazz

Read "Brandee Younger, Alexi Tuomarila, Fabian Almazan & More New Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From tributes to past masters to new perspectives, acoustic to electronic, the new and upcoming releases we play this week show the wide-range of today's creative scene. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Brandee Younger “Games" Soul Awakening (Self-released) 0:17 Host talks 5:54 Alexi Tuomarila Trio “Boekloev" Sphere (Edition) 7:38 Fabian Almazan Trio “The Everglades" This Land Abounds with Life (Biophilia) 16:30 Host talks 29:23 Magic Malik ...

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John Patitucci: Irmãos De Fé

Read "Irmãos De Fé" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Newvelle Records, the New York based, vinyl-only subscription label, was launched by jazz pianist by Elan Mehler and Parisian, Jean-Christophe Morisseau in 2016. With a high-end, boutique collection that has included digitally recorded, 180g pressings for Frank Kimbrough, Noah Preminger and Jack DeJohnette, the label opens its second season with the iconoclastic bassist, and multiple Grammy winner, John Patitucci's Brazilian tribute collection Irmãos de Fé Patitucci has been a leader for more than thirty years and in the ...

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John Patitucci: Brooklyn

Read "Brooklyn" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brooklyn is where it all started for John Patitucci. While the renowned bassist may have initially made his mark in sunny California, working with jazz luminaries and establishing himself as a strong presence in the studio scene in the '80s, his New York childhood helped to get him there. It's that starting point that serves as the inspiration for this project, which is something of a companion piece to Back In Brooklyn--a documentary on Patitucci's life expected to arrive in ...

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John Patitucci: The Gentle Soul

Read "John Patitucci: The Gentle Soul" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Every jazz musician inhabits a private inner world of amazing energy and light, where they live, dream and fall deeply in love with their unique craft while creating this extraordinary and improvised music. Through the years, some become masters of their instruments, and a selfless interaction with the world takes place, where they share what they learned and even help others find their own voice. This way, paying it forward becomes an act of brotherhood, a present for the future ...

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John Patitucci: Celebrating Jazz Heroes

Read "John Patitucci: Celebrating Jazz Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

As sayings go, “One man's trash is another man's treasure" is pretty straightforward, especially for those enamored with garage sales. For lovers of jazz music, it may hold a bit more significance, for it played a fateful role in the life of one of today's superlative artists in the genre. John Patitucci is one of the finest bass players in jazz. A mainstay of the Wayne Shorter quartet for years, he's also blessed the world of music by ...

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John Patitucci Trio: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by Troy Collins

Grammy-winning bassist John Patitucci's trio recording Remembrance, a heartfelt ode to his heroes and mentors, is the realization of a longstanding dream. Featuring saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade, this stripped-down trio originally recorded as a quartet with pianist Brad Mehldau on Patitucci's Communion (Concord, 2001). The seeds for this date were sown when an unplanned piano-less rehearsal for the Communion sessions revealed the trio's affinity.

Containing all original tunes, Remembrance is Patitucci's seventh recording for Concord ...

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John Patitucci: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by Joel Roberts

The bassist of choice through the years for Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter and many other jazz giants, John Patitucci is noted for his daunting technique on both acoustic and electric basses. Remembrance is a stripped-down effort with Joe Lovano on tenor and alto clarinet and Brian Blade, his longtime partner in Shorter's group, on drums. The trio plays at a supremely high level, Lovano soloing with his usual command and expressiveness and Blade providing subtlety and strength.

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John Patitucci Trio: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by Chris May

It's true what they say: you can't judge an album by looking at the cover. Contrary to the mood suggested by the title and the monochrome sleeve shot of an autumnal city park, bassist John Patitucci's Remembrance is a warm and perky affair. The album is Patitucci's salute to some departed heroes--saxophonists John Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Michael Brecker, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Ali Farka Toure--along with a live one, saxophonist Sonny Rollins. There are poignant ...

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John Patitucci: Line By Line

Read "Line By Line" reviewed by Martin Gladu

Perhaps because of his extensive association with iconic leaders like Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci was deservingly given carte blanche by Concord Records ten years ago. The versatile bassist remains a first-call player on both the acoustic and electric instruments, as well as a role model to many aspiring bassists (exemplified by his involvement in the jazz academe). Line By Line, Patitucci's sixth record for the expanding label (Concord has absorbed Telarc, Heads Up and Fantasy), ...

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John Patitucci: Line by Line

Read "Line by Line" reviewed by J Hunter

After the brilliant chaos of the Wayne Shorter quartet, it's entirely understandable that John Patitucci would want to try something a little more sedate. Line by Line gives the versatile bassist a chance to go places we might not expect. The trip is interesting, though the destinations sometimes are not.

Patitucci is all over the board, both instrumentally and stylistically. Writing the lion's share of the tunes, he alternates between double-bass and six-string electric, playing both in a ...

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John Patitucci: Line by Line

Read "Line by Line" reviewed by Jim Santella

With guitarist Adam Rogers and drummer Brian Blade, John Patitucci explores jazz's modern mainstream on this program of original compositions that comes complemented by several timeless pieces from the larger pantheon. They're joined with saxophonist Chris Potter for a part of the program, while Patitucci works with a small string ensemble on two other selections. He performs both on his contemporary 6-string electric bass character and a traditional acoustic model. Each has its particular function.

Rogers and Potter ...

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John Patitucci: Songs, Stories & Spirituals

Read "Songs, Stories & Spirituals" reviewed by Jim Santella

A straight-ahead session with quiet overtones can provide just what you need after a hard day’s work. John Patitucci enlists the support of vocalist Luciana Souza to make this album fill that want. His superb trio works with several guests to make things perfectly clear.

A melody should be pretty. It should be carried out with simple charm. And yet, the artists have a need to express with individuality. Patitucci accomplishes this through heartfelt interpretation. The selection of ...


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