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Maria Grand, Michel Portal, Anthony Joseph, J&F Band & Other New Releases

Read "Maria Grand, Michel Portal, Anthony Joseph, J&F Band & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A playlist replete with music that hits you hard and deep regardless of the volume at which it was recorded—ranging from a compelling album marking the 85th birthday of Michel Portal to the new concept album by Maria Grand [pictured], and a whole bunch of genre-defying projects to keep your spirits high! Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 The Gangsters “Le Funk" The Gangsters (Self-released) 0:16 Host ...

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Album Review

Maria Grand: Reciprocity

Read "Reciprocity" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


In a mere decade composer and saxophonist Maria Grand established herself as a refreshingly singular voice on the creative music scene. Both as a side-woman and a leader, Grand has matured into an expressive artist with a fluid style and a warm tone. Her second full-length release, the enchanting Reciprocity, well demonstrates Grand's talents in a sparse trio setting. Inspired by motherhood, the recording brims with an exalted joy. “Creation, Ladder of Swords" has a deep spiritual aura ...

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Album Review

Maria Grand: Magdalena

Read "Magdalena" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The intimate and personal Magdalena is tenor saxophonist Maria Grand's second release as a leader. On it she fleshes out the ideas explored on her dynamic debut EP, Tetrawind (Biophilia, 2017). Sandwiched between two spoken-word tracks, the recording showcases Grand's skills as a vocalist, instrumentalist and composer. Singer Jasmine Wilson recites Grand's verse with emotive eloquence on the opening “La Immortal." Grand plays her sax with contemplation while drummer Jeremy Dutton's rustling percussion enhances the dramatic mood.

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Maria Grand: Tetrawind

Read "Tetrawind" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Throughout the history of jazz there has always seem to be two camps, one camp maintains a discriminatory dividing line between vocalists and instrumentalists. Vocalist are not always viewed as equals with instrumentalist. Unfortunately, vocalists are stigmatized as not possessing the same time sense, improvisatory skills, and instrument control. However, this has thankfully been changing as of late. Furthermore, there is a continually growing number of artists that are both vocalists and instrumentalist. Saxophonist, vocalist, composer, and educator María Grand ...


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