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A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1

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Charles Mingus would have turned 99 years old on 22 April 2021. So with a year ahead of his centennial celebration we've decided to focus this edition of Mondo Jazz on Mingus as a composer, featuring some of the best renditions of his most memorable compositions.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Maceo Parker “Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul" Roots Revisited (Minor) 0:16 Host talks 5:56 Osmiza “Fables of ...

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Veronica Swift, Daniel Casimir, Rahsaan Barber, Neil Ardley & More New Releases

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This week we focus on music about fake news: Veronica Swift (pictured) and Daniel Casimir, Spaza, historic British jazz reissues by Neil Ardley and young compelling reeds players Rahsaan Barber, Pauli Lyytinen, Tobias Meinhart, Michael Thomas, Leonhard Skorupa of the Austrian angular trio Znap!, and Nathan Daems of the Belgian power-outfit Echoes of Zoo. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Rahsaan Barber “The Pink Piranha" Mosaic (Jazz Music ...

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Lina Allemano, Benito Gonzalez, Stefano Bollani, Fredrik Nordström & More New Releases

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The extrovert pianism of Stefano Bollani and Benito Gonzalez opens this show, which then dives into recent Nordic and Eastern European jazz (Fredrik Nordström, Julia Karosi, JAF Trio), embraces the compelling melodicism of Roberto Spadoni, Chris Pattishall, Stefano Coppari, Wayne Horvitz and Sara Schoenbeck, explores the music of two adventurous Canadians (Lina Allemano and Francois Houle), before landing in Ornette-land courtesy of Miguel Zenon.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...

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Don Cherry, Big Monitors, John Coltrane, Emanuele Passerini

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With today's show we focus directly or indirectly on current and past masters of the creative scene, from Don Cherry to John Coltrane and from William Parker to Tony Allen. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Big Monitors “Hunk Pappa Blues / Junk Meal" Knots and Notes (Auand) 0:16 Host talks 3:16 Tony Allen “Cosmosis (feat. Ben Okri & Skepta)" There Is No End (Blue Note) 4:31 ...

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Jihye Lee, Dave Holland, Omar Sosa, Bheki Mseleku & Other New Releases

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Hypnotic tunes, Orchestras, South African piano masters and James Brandon Lewis' prolific vein are the main themes of this show focusing on new and upcoming releases.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Omar Sosa “Shibinda" An East African Journey (OTA) 0:16 Host talks 4:54 Sam Fribush “[Outtake]" Sam Fribush Organ Trio, Vol. II: The Root (CHM) 7:00 De Beren Gieren “Stress Als Optie" Less Is Endless (Sdban) 11:24 Host ...

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Stephanie Nilles, Julian Lage, Charles Mingus, Sons of Kemet & More New Releases

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Our exploration of new and upcoming releases, and reissues continues with the compelling homage to Charles Mingus by Stephanie Nilles (pictured), followed by Mingus' stunning Bremen live recordings recently released by Sunnyside Records. Sandwiched between two beautiful Blue Note albums (the upcoming project by the Julian Lage Trio and an instant classic by Charles Lloyd) and two projects by the beacons of the jny: London scene, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia, and a mix of European projects by Bad Uok, ...

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Sana Nagano, John Zorn, Sam Gendel, Zane Carney & More New Releases

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We kick off this episode of Mondo Jazz with another gem from Georgia Anne Muldrow and land with John Zorn and the first (of what will certainly be many) box set dedicated to his delightful Bagatelles. In the middle, a mini-section on the Palladino bass-dynasty which acts as a bridge between two of the hot scenes of today, jny: London's and jny: Los Angeles,' with a special focus on fascinating new releases by Sam Gendel, Carlos Niño, Zane Carney, Henry ...


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