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Miles Davis & Chet Baker

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As we kick off our first show of 2020, we give you the talented trumpeter Jaimie Branch as she infuses her modern blend of jazz into the lexicon. From there, we dig into new releases from Robert Walter, Mike Clark and Doug Stone. We also look into the past with legends Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Maynard Ferguson and Billie Holiday. Playlist Jaimie Branch “Theme 001" Fly or Die (International Anthem) 00:00 Host talks 4:15 Miles Davis “Stella By ...

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Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise

Read "Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over a relatively short career, the adventurous composer and trumpeter Jaimie Branch has developed a mature and singular style with a politically informed dimension. On her second album as leader, she and her band create tense atmospheres that brim with creativity and spontaneity. The two part “Prayer For Amerikkka" opens with bassist Jason Ajemian's dark, reverberating thumps. These set an expectant mood that drummer Chad Taylor enhances. Branch blows longing, melancholic notes that rise and fall over the ...

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Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More

Read "Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her 'tude and much-praised talent to her follow-up recording to Fly or Die in Fly Or Die II--Bird Dog of Paradise. Her music is even more incendiary as she turns her attention to the current state of political and social unrest in America. Also making debuts this week are the Malleus Trio from Vancouver with their second release Play, much-heralded bassist Nick Dunston, Chicago guitarist Dan Phillips' latest project, Quartet Next, and also with a deep ...

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Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases

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September! What a month. The summer is over... so are the summer festivals... but that is also the month when record labels start churning out some of their best releases to bring the temperature up in advance of the end-of-year polls and listicles. So here comes an onslaught of heavy-hitters with their new or upcoming releases, from Jaimie Branch to Kris Davis, from Kneebody to The Bad Plus, from Terri Lyne Carrington to Abraham Inc. and Miguel Zenon and a ...

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Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones

Read "Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Possibly, more than any other instrument, the saxophone defines the sound of jazz. Most jazz combos have at least one saxophonist on the front—and when you see that saxophone, you know it's going to be doing a LOT of soloing, even if the bandleader or composer plays another instrument. But what happens to the shape and texture of jazz when you subtract the sax from the equation? Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

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Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected well-known jazz musicians from Chicago including drummer Chad Taylor of Chicago Underground Duo. In Chicago, Jaimie Branch played in many different settings, from improv ...

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Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 1

Read "Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 1" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Some cling to the belief that jazz is in crisis or worse, dead. Our impression is quite the opposite, and to prove our point, we've compiled a mixtape featuring some of the best jazz released in 2017. Also, check out our staff's BEST OF 2017 lists and view our 2017 recommendations. Happy Listening! Playlist Fabrizio Puglisi, Guantanamo, “Giallo Oro" from Giallo Oro ...


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