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Illuminations: Erik Friedlander's Remarkable Artistry

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Erik Friedlander is today's leading cello innovator and a stalwart of the creative music scene. This mixtape captures highlights from some of his recent projects. Erik Friedlander “Beaufin Street" from Bobebridge (Skipstone) 0:00 Erik Friedlander “Night White" from Block Ice and Propane (Skipstone) 4:03 Erik Friedlander “Twenty-six Gasoline Stations" from Nighthawks (Skipstone) 7:03 Erik Friedlander “Zodiac" from Illuminations -A Suite for Solo Cello (Skipstone) 11:36 Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier “Cheek to Cheek" from Claws & ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

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Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program. New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to check out acts that rarely perform in the big apple. These are bands that come either from abroad or from Chicago. This week we ...

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2018 Jazz Surprises

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The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, we've decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we were not familiar with, unexpected reissues or new projects by players we love. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo ...

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Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face some difficult choices but your friends at All About Jazz are here to help ensure you have the best possible experience. Our suggestions reflect ...

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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

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This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians. As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, “the present day composer refuses to die" and the music featured in this show provides plenty of evidence that he was right. Happy listening! [The first part of this Frank ...

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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

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Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death. On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he included a list of 179 people that had influenced him, including jazz luminaries like Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

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Wayne Horvitz: A Musical Portrait

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This week we focus on the music of Wayne Horvitz with special attention for his latest two releases, The Snowghost Sessions and Those Who Remain. It's hard to condense in two hours the long career and many facets of a composer and pianist of great versatility, but we will do our best to present highlights from his various projects as a leader and side-man. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

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Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have concocted a delicious playlist for you which is all stuffing and no tryptophan, two hours to show how jazz musicians can make even Country ...

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Ahn-definable: the Eclectic Artistry of the Ahn Trio

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An eclectic trio whose restless musical curiosity is second only to their virtuosity, the Ahn Trio revel in breaking the rigid boundaries of the classical world. The Juilliard-trained sisters (Lucia, piano; Angella, violin; Maria, cello) have a rock-star attitude matched by a compelling sound that is immediately recognizable no matter whether they are interpreting the music that Pat Metheny, Michael Nyman or Kenji Bunch composed for them, or finding new angles in masters like Ravel and Shostakovich. ...

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Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases

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The new albums bonanza goes on! And we happily oblige, revelling in some gorgeous new releases, some of which will definitely end up on the “Best of 2018" lists of many critics. Surprises, confirmations, re-releases, unexpected collaborations and much more make up this week's playlist full of aural pleasures... Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Phillip Johnston & The Coolerators “Frankly" from Diggin' Bones on (Asynchronus) ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases

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Sometime ago everybody kept saying that the CD was dead. Judging by the growing number of new records that keep coming out at an increasing pace, the CD is still alive and kicking! Intrestgingly, as the number of new jazz albums continues to grow, this has not been at the expense of the average quality of the new album. This week we'll go through a heap of spectacular new releases, with a special emphasis on albums featuring ...

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Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

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This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more. Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1 Playlist Jimmy Smith “I Got a Woman" from Live at the Village Gate (Verve) 0:00 Host talks 7:56 Miho Hazama “Magdalena" from Time River (Sunnyside) ...