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One Man’s Jazz’ 2020 Favourite Releases

Read "One Man’s Jazz’ 2020 Favourite Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


These days, it seems we all like to pick our favourites or best-of lists. I've been doing this for several years so why stop now. Despite the pandemic and its disastrous effect on the music business, there was some excellent music released in 2020. I'll cover some of them in this show and the next. If you want to check out all of my choices visit the One Man's Jazz website. There are some new things on the bill this ...

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Jim Black, Milt Hinton & Gerald Clayton

Read "Jim Black, Milt Hinton & Gerald Clayton" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with a favorite in the Kansas City area known, The Grand Marquis. The hour also features new music from a variety of jazz musicians all over the world like Jim Black, Christian Tamburr, Emie Roussel, Delasito and FKAJazz. We finish things up with some live music at the Village Vanguard with Gerald Clayton. Keep on swinging out there. Playlist The Grand Marquis “Can't Put You Down" Brighter Days (Grand Marquis Music) 00:00 Host talks ...

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Jim Black Trio: Reckon

Read "Reckon" reviewed by John Sharpe


The piano trio field is a big one, even that corner reserved for the evenly poised triumvirate heirs to Bill Evans. But drummer Jim Black's unit carves out its own distinctive acre. On the fourth album since its inception in 2011 the threesome, completed by NYC-based, Austrian-born pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan, has reached the stage where they have total trust in one another. On a program of 11 concise self-contained cuts spread across 47-minutes, they create an ...

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Jim Black, Danilo Gallo, Alabaster DePlume, Jeremy Cunningham & Other New Releases

Read "Jim Black, Danilo Gallo, Alabaster DePlume, Jeremy Cunningham & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming release [for the first part click here] we focus, in particular, on the work of drummer Jim Black with his new trio and as a member of the outstanding band Dark Dry Tears led by Italian bassist Danilo Gallo, and on another batch of genre-defying releases by International Anthem, featuring Jeff Parker, Resavoir's drummer Jeremy Cunningham and the first European player signed by the Chicago label, British saxophonist ...

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Jim Black's Malamute Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Jim Black's Malamute Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Restless, agile, but with a steady course: this is how one could describe the malamute, the Alaskan sledge dog, and this description is also appropriate for the eponymous New York band lead by drummer Jim Black and featuring Oskar Gudjónsson on tenor saxophone, Elias Stemeseder on keyboards and Chris Tordini on bass. The four musicians cannot be pinned down to one genre. Together they create a unique style with seemingly incompatible elements: warm-blooded tenor sax, jumpy keyboards and propulsive bass ...

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Jim Black: Malamute

Read "Malamute" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Shortly after breaking into the progressive jazz scene in the 1990s via his work with saxophonist Tim Berne's Bloodcount, trumpeter Dave Douglas's ensembles, Pachora and other fruitful ventures, drummer Jim Black's signature stylistic approach to the kit ignited much interest. Simply stated, he does wonders with a basic 5-piece drum-set amid his quirky off-beats and uncanny sense of time while often staying on top of a given pulse and then some, also evident while leading his AlasNoAxis band.

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Jim Black / Alas No Axis: Houseplant

Read "Houseplant" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Stylistically, revered progressive-jazz drummer Jim Black's Houseplant might not signify a radical departure from his four previous albums for the Winter & Winter record label, spanning 2000-2006. However, Black's substantial imprint on jazz--and here, jazz-rock--offers a mark of distinction due to his quirky, and sly manner of filling in the blanks from behind the kit. And true to form, he punches out some torrid backbeats throughout this sprightly session, featuring his longtime musical group, Alas No Axis.

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