Articles by Ludovico Granvassu

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It Takes Two to Jazz: Part I

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This week we focus on the art of the duo. A challenging format as one does neither have the complete freedom of a solo nor the support of a larger band. Yet, in the hands of the right artists, it can produce magical music. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave “Number Four" Maroons (Blue Note) 0:16 Host talks 4:46 Joe Henderson, Christian McBride ...

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Eddie Who: Michael Blake's Tribute to Eddie Harris

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The latest project by veteran saxophonist Michael Blake and his long-time collaborators Clark Gayton on trombone and Tony Mason on drums is a heart-felt tribute to the legendary Eddie Harris. This mixtape features five tunes by Eddie Harris cherry-picked by Michael Blake mixed with music by Michael Blake selected by Mondo Jazz. Happy listening! Playlist Michael Blake “Afro Blake" Drift (Intuition) 0:00 Eddie Harris “Shamtime" The Electrifying Eddie Harris (Atlantic) 6:53 Slow ...

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Leïla Olivesi, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bryan, Kirk Knuffke and Other New Releases

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Here is the second part of this week's exploration of new releases [for the first part click here] by Kirk Knuffke and Paul Bryan as well as upcoming Blue Note albums by Charles Lloyd, and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini. To top off Mondo Jazz's 100th episode, a celebration of Federico Fellini's centennial through his soundtrack maestro, Nino Rota, as interpreted by Carla Bley and producer Hal Willner. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Mondo Jazz Turns 100! Zeno De Rossi, Vincent Courtois, Tim Berne and New Releases

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This week Mondo Jazz turns 100 episodes old. So we open with the uplifting “celebration" by South African pianist Bheki Mseleku before delving into what we like best, unearthing precious gems from around the world. In this segment we feature another great stack of new releases, including the upcoming The Fantastic Mrs. 10 by Tim Berne's Snakeoil and a special focus on the French and Italian scenes, including one of the albums destined to make many 'best of 2020' listicles, ...

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Jesse Harris' Songs without Words

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How many musicians can claim to be close collaborators of both John Zorn and Norah Jones? Grammy Award-winning prolific singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist Jesse Harris can. His knack for memorable melodies and sophisticated harmonies have made him a sought-after composer and producer for a motley crew of artists that range from Willie Nelson to Brad Mehldau, from The Black Keys to Vinicius Cantuaria. Here is a collection of his “songs without words," because, when he approaches instrumental ...

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Antibalas, Oddjob, Pharoah Sanders, Greg Ward & Other New Releases

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We start 2020 where we left off in 2019, exploring great new releases. In this segment we feature music ranging from the upcoming release of the Afrobeat ambassadors Antibalas, who are turning 20 this year, to a previously unreleased superb 1975 live performance by Pharoah Sanders. In the process we take a look at the vibrant Swedish scene with the music of Oddjob and its pianist Daniel Karlsson, two recent albums featuring saxophonist Greg Ward, a very original take on ...

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

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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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