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Destination South Africa (Part 2)

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One episode was not enough, so we needed more time to cover the South African scene. This week we look back at an earlier phase of the history of jazz in South Africa, focusing on some foundational bands and musicians, and the musicians they inspired both in South African and elsewhere. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Winston Mankunku Ngozi “Yakhal' Inkomo" from Yakhal' Inkomo (Gallo) 0:16 Host talk 8:49 Manhattan ...


Kaja Draksler Octet

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The Kaja Draksler Octet is a colorful group featuring very diverse musicians from different countries that chose Amsterdam as their home base. The music of the Slovenian pianist varies from simple songs to intricate compositions with refined textures, which are often inspired by modern classical music. Greek artist Andriana Minou wrote lyrics for this group. Kaja Draksler received the 2018 Paul Acket Award, a yearly grant endowed by the North Sea Jazz Festival to a musician deserving wider ...


Belovèd Django Bates

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If you are intrigued by jazz because of its capacity to surprise, amaze, astound, even flabbergast and leave you without words... then British pianist Django Bates is the musician for you! This week Mondo Jazz has reached out to Django Bates for an interview, in advance of his North American tour. This episode features almost two hours of music by Django Bates, from the Loose Tubes days to his current Belovèd Trio featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and ...


A Musical Portrait Of William Parker

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This new installment of our “50/50" series--a collection of mixtapes made in collaboration with the artists hosted at Centro d'Arte--is dedicated to bassist and composer William Parker, a driving force of New York's free jazz scene since the 1970s, and one of the most brilliant musical minds of today's creative music. The selection features five tracks taken from the composer's vast discography; the other five are picked by William Parker himself from some of his favorite records.


Bob Reynolds Group

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Soulful, danceable, dynamic, the missing link between Yellowjackets and D'Angelo: that's how you could describe this Los Angeles-based group. The foursome started in 2015 and have been playing regular gigs in famous jazz clubs such as the Baked Potato and the Blue Whale, developing a natural-sounding blend of jazz, soul, R&B and pop. The first Bob Reynolds release came out in May. Personnell: Bob Reynolds: saxophone, Ruslan Sirota: piano, Janek Gwizdala: bass; Chaun Horton: drums. Recording ...


James Hall More: Than Just a Trombone

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This show features an interview with trombonist James Hall where we discuss his new album Lattice which is out on Outside in Music as well as other hot topics. We also follow the theme of good music so expect to hear all types of jazz featuring the likes of Miles Davis and Chick Corea Playlist Chick Corea & Steve Gadd “Chick's Chums" from Chinese Butterfly (Decca) 0:00 Danny Green Trio “Snowy Day In Boston" fromOne Day It Will ...


Follow the Leader!

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This episode features tracks from two influential band leaders--John Lurie and Miles Davis--and the talented musicians who played in their respective bands. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 The Lounge Lizards “The Yak" from Queen of All Ears on (Strange & Beautiful Music) 0:16 Host talk 5:55 Medeski, Martin & Wood “The Lover" from Friday Afternoon in the Universe on (Gramavision) 7:48 John Scofield “Chicken Dog" from A Go Go on ...


Bluenotes Speaks to Fabien Degryse

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Bluenotes talks to Belgian jazz guitarist Fabien Degryse about his musical journey and his latest release, Softly (Midnight Muse, 2017). Also, classics from Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Philip Catherine, and new material from Kristen Cornwell. All this in Bluenotes Speaks to Fabien Degryse. Playlist Kristen Cornwell, “Spoonful," from Spoonful: Back to the Blues (Cornfish Music, 2018) 00:30Philip Catherine, “Rene Thomas," from Guitars (Atlantic, 1975) 05:55Miles Davis, “Rocker," from Birth of the Cool (Capitol, 1957) ...


Falling in Love with Jazz

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This week we dive into the music that got me hooked on jazz, from crossover hits like Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Dave Brubeck's “Take Five" to maybe lesser-known, but equally fabulous, tracks by Marc Ribot, Dave Holland, and more. If you don't usually listen to jazz, this episode could be a good place to start. Some of these songs are accessible enough to have a made a dumb teenager in New Jersey (me) pay attention--and they still ...


Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart live @ BIMHUIS

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For the second installment of BIMHUIS Radio on All About Jazz we present the full recording of the recent concert by Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein & Bill Stewart held at BIMHUIS, in Amsterdam, on 31 May 2018. You'll hear a brilliant melting pot of groove, melody and swing by three phenomenal jazz heavyweights on Hammond organ, electric guitar and drums who have been playing as a trio for 30 years. Happy listening!