Articles by Ludovico Granvassu

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Bassisterhood - Part 1

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All around the world, there is a bassisterhood that is rapidly expanding and claiming its rigthful place on the jazz scene. This week we'll focus on the queens of the low-end and the fascinating bands and projects they lead.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Noriko Ueda “Bohemia After Dark" Debut (Terashima) 0:16 Host talks 5:49 Giulia Valle “Clave Baloo" Eden Club (Fresh Sound/New Talent) 7:26 Host talks 13:26 Silvia ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra, Dan Rosenbloom, Awakening Orchestra, Grassy Knoll & New Releases

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The second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz revolves around the jny: Chicago-jny: Paris-jny: Brussels triangle, with forays in the New York, jny: Los Angeles and jny: San Francisco scenes, to deliver great much awaited new releases by the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Grassy Knoll and The Awakening Orchestra. To put the wheels in motion, the high-octane music of Dan Rosenboom. That and much more... Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...

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Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases

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In this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases we explore a whole range of human interactions, from Matt Wilson's hugs to Kahil El'Zabar's jumps and shout, from Prince and Miles Davis going mano a mano to Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis proceeding arm in arm like true funkateeers, from Antoine Pierre following Miles' steps to Lionel Loueke doing the same with those of Herbie Hancock. And more... Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Companion Mixtape

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From Charles Gayle's alter ego, Streets the Clown, to the music performed by the Kamikaze Ground Crew for the Flying Karamazov Brothers, from the countless jazz renditions of the iconi themes that Nino Rota wrote for Federico Fellini's movies to the equally countless jazz tunes inspired by circus acts... Jazz and Circus have a long history of cross-pollination. This mixtape is a fun-filled companion to the two parts of our show “A Night at the Jazz Circus!" [click ...

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A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 2

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One thing that Jazz and Circus have in common is that—unlike way too many things that we see in our daily lives—you can't fake them. You cannot pretend you're an expert among circus or jazz artists... If you are not ... it'll show! And this authenticity may be one of the reasons why they seem so precious in this age of disposable fakeness. Here we continue our exploration of the connections between jazz and circuls with a dolly ...

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A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1

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Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline. This week we explore the connections between these two performative art forms, focusing on jazz inspired by the circus world, composed for circus shows, or evoking—in a way or ...

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Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More

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In the second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases we focus on new projects by saxophonists Ben Wendel (as leader and sideman of Tom Guarna, Nubya Garcia (revisiting Joe Henderson for the Blue Note Re:imagined project, and as member of Maisha. Also noteworthy the new project of drummers Cindy Blackman Santana (with a guitar dream-duo of Vernon Reid and Carlos Santana), and Antoine Berjeaut as well the new trio by Norwegian bassist Ellen Andrea Wang. To ...


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