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We've Just Begun - A Review of Recent Recordings

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Despite the pandemic, it has been a great year for new music. Today's broadcast includes new releases from cellist Tomeka Reid and pianist Carol Welsman, plus a review of various recordings that are on this year's preliminary Grammy ballot. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist The DIVA Jazz Orchestra “Slipped Disc" from Diva & the Boys (MCG Jazz) 00:00 Kenny Washington “The Best Is ...

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Reid, Halvorson, Roebke and Fujiwara

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On this show a focus on the outstanding 2019 album from Tomeka Reid, Mary Halvorson, Jason Roebke and Tomas Fujiwara called Old New. To compliment those selections there are also tracks from each of the band members in various other units demonstrating the excellent music that each of these musicians create. There are also other fantastic new releases. One from revered Italian jazz guitarist Martino Vercesi, with his 4 tet, his fifth solo album, which is a collection of original ...

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Tomeka Reid Quartet, Piero Bittolo Bon & Ratchet Orchestra

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I guess this episode could be termed a “friendly" one, as it just so happens a number of my musical friends have new releases out for sampling, so I dove right in. Toronto drummer Nick Fraser has an excellent album out with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis and they open the show. Violist Ig Henneman from Amsterdam is part of a very non-traditional trio with trumpeter Jaimie Branch and flautist Anne La Barge—I know Ig from working with her and ...

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Album Review

Tomeka Reid - Filippo Monico: The Mouser

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Cellist Tomeka Reid reveals another aspect of her artistry on The Mouser, on five unfettered excursions in the company of Italian percussionist Filippo Monico. Rather than the supple propulsion and poised angularity of her eponymous quartet (Thirsty Ear, 2015) or the AACM repertoire of Artifacts (482 Music, 2015), Reid concentrates on exploring the full resources of her instrument to respond in the moment to her fellow protagonist. Indeed, this is one of those albums where the focus is more on ...

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Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

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The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their newest release, Soufifex. There's always challenging music on releases from the Relative Pitch label, and this episode brings music from new albums by Ingrid ...

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Tomeka Reid: Tomeka Reid Quartet

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Even jazz fans who follow recordings coming out of Chicago might still not have heard of cellist Tomeka Reid. Before 2015, when Tomeka Reid Quartet was released, she worked mostly as a sideman (side-person?) with such local luminaries as Nicole Mitchell and Dee Alexander, as well as participating in the AACM. Given that it's her debut as leader, Quartet is a remarkably assured recording, programmed with an excellent sense of pace and point. Performances don't outstay their welcome and fit ...

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Tomeka Reid: Tomeka Reid Quartet

Read "Tomeka Reid Quartet" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


As an accomplished composer and improviser, cellist Tomeka Reid, is an integral part of Chicago's creative music scene. In addition to being an educator, Reid is a versatile and tireless performer both in her hometown and beyond. Moreover her unique style graces the works of such luminaries as flutist Nicole Mitchell, multireed player Anthony Braxton as well as her own collaborative trio albums. The tense and thrilling Tomeka Reid Quartet is her first release as a leader. The, ...


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