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Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases

Read "Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week our playlist is bursting at the seams with great projects, several of which explore the renewed interest in what many like to call 'spiritual jazz,' from Roberto Ottaviano to Dwight Trible's Cosmic Vibrations and Matthew Halsall out of the increasingly interesting Manchester jazz scene. The rest of the playlist alternates forward looking projects like the welcome return of Craig Taborn's Junk Magic, Supersense the multisensory project by Steph Richards with Jason Moran, or Torbjörn Zetterberg's Den Stora Frågan, ...

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Steph Richards: Supersense

Read "Supersense" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With all the threatening weirdness and desperate surrealism that has become life in the USA, it makes absolute sense that Supersense, daring trumpeter/composer Steph Richards' third full length album, starts out like an encroaching invasion of ants, or microbes, or a disruptive, divisive, myopic political movement. As with such forward seeking rebels as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono, Richards' modus operandi is chiseled in the very foundations of the music itself. Never ...

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Stephanie Richards: Creative Music

Read "Stephanie Richards: Creative Music" reviewed by Kevin Press

Calgary's Stephanie Richards has been rubbing shoulders with some of the world's finest jazz players since putting down roots in jny: New York City. The trumpeter has a passion for testing boundaries and an intuitive approach to her work. Her latest, Take the Neon Lights, is a tribute to her new home. All About Jazz: Collaborations have played a big part in your career to date. Is that by design? Steph Richards: It's inherent in the ...

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Stephanie Richards: Take The Neon Lights

Read "Take The Neon Lights" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Trumpeter/composer Steph Richards kicks ass and she wants you to know it from the very first cutting, fluttering evocations of Take The Neon Lights' title tune/opener to the near “Taps"-like silence that closes things out, “All the Years of Our Lives." With a colorful CV of playing alongside such boundary-busting, risk-taking players as David Byrne, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Laurie Anderson, Jason Moran, and Yoko Ono, Richards comes by her thrilling avant-garde inclinations as a matter ...

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Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More

Read "Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The much-acclaimed Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans' passion for combining jazz improvisation and Indian music continues unabated on her latest recording Bridge of Dreams. She brought together some top musicians from India, including the incredible vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Sandy's frequent accompanist tabla player Bobby Singh and the Sirens Big Band from Sydney for the project. Recently, the project was premiered live on stage at the Sydney Festival. Also in this episode, trumpeter Steph Richards steps in front of a quartet for ...

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Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon

Read "Fullmoon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reared in Canada and now calling Brooklyn, NY home, trumpeter Stephanie Richards (David Byrne, Henry Threadgill, John Zorn) has been all over the map, whether performing with well-known or globally famous, pop and rap artists or pushing the envelope with forward-looking musicians. Here, let's say she's fashioning musical events with a penchant for communicating with alien beings, trillions of light years away. With sampler/live sampler ace Dino J.A. Dean, this 33-minute program conveys an organic-electronica type modus operandi, if there ...

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Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon

Read "Fullmoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With the release of Fullmoon, trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards joins the ranks of Susana Santos Silva, Franz Hautzinger, Peter Evans and Nate Wooley. This enlightened group of trumpeters have taken the art of the solo to new heights with various combinations of extended technique, microtonality, free improvisation and electronic/acoustic experimentation. Here, Richards touches on almost all of the above with her inventively deployed playing. A native of Canada--now a Brooklynite--Richards has worked across genres compiling an impressive ...


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