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Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

Read "Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection of moon songs penned by women to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Playlist Aaron Weinstein, John Pizzarelli “Diga Diga ...

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Dan Tepfer & Kirk Knuffke: Generous Versatility

Read "Dan Tepfer & Kirk Knuffke: Generous Versatility" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Dan Tepfer and Kirk Knuffke are two musicians that, despite being being only in their thirties, have already become reference players on their respective instruments. Known for their versatility, which allows them to be equally at home with the repertoires of Johann Sebastian Bach or Erik Satie as well as with all-out improvisation, they have a capacity to make their collaborators shine. This mixtape features some highlights from their already extensive discography as leaders or sidemen. Happy ...

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Bitches Brew @ 50, Sonny Rollins with Brownie & Max (& More)

Read "Bitches Brew @ 50, Sonny Rollins with Brownie & Max (& More)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we have recent music from Akiko Tsuruga (her best yet!), Pierre Dorge, Chris Rogers, Anthony Fung and Conrad Herwig. But the big news is that Bitches Brew was recorded in August, 1969 over three days. This week we offer the sessions recorded on August 19, 1969. The edit log for the title track (on our Mixcloud blog) is fascinating, as the track was 'constructed' post-production. Oh, and there's Sonny Rollins with Clifford Brown and Max Roach from 1956, ...

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Joe Henderson on Milestone

Read "Joe Henderson on Milestone" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature a trio of Joe Henderson cuts from the late '60s-early '70s, showing his transition from the mainstream to the electric, plus another teaser from the Rubberband album by Miles Davis and a mixed bag of new and old releases. Playlist Miles Davis “Paradise (feat. Medina Johnson)" from Rubberband (Warner Brothers) 00:00 Joe Henderson “Black Narcissus" from Power to the People (Milestone) 07:00 Roger Rota, Matthias Bauer & Maria Lucchese “Incontro 1 to 4" ...

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What's the Concept?

Read "What's the Concept?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Can jazz have “concept albums?" Probably not, but some records do work harder at sustaining a mood--or a sense of narrative--than others. The boys look at five test cases--one brand new, two from that prime year 1969, and two from the transition from the eighties to the nineties. Madge gets a look in during pop matters, along with a discussion of a live show by face-maker and drummer Brian Blade. Playlist Discussion of The Session's album Collusion ...

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Paul Plimley, Evan Parker & Denis Fournier

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This show marks the one-year anniversary of publishing One Man's Jazz on All About Jazz's radio section, and we're taking a decided dip into the “deep end" of the improvisation pool. There's lots of avant-garde, experimental, free form, free improv on the bill. Is it “noise," is it the future? That's for the listener to decide, so here's some music to do just that: listen. You'll hear challenging pieces from the likes of Paul Plimley, Joao Lencastre, Sensaround (Alister Spence, ...

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The Experimentalists – Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane (1956 - 1959)

Read "The Experimentalists – Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane (1956 - 1959)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In his book “Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965," David Rosenthal outlines a group of musicians within the hard bop idiom that he identifies as “experimentalists," describing them as ..."consciously trying to expand jazz's structural and technical boundaries: for instance, pianist Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane prior to his 1965 record Ascension. This category would also include Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus, whose playing and compositions were at once experimental and reminiscent of the moods and forms ...

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Ben Sidran on 50 years in jazz

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In this podcast, the multifaceted Ben Sidran (my dad) on his 76th birthday, talks about on falling in love with bebop as a young boy, counter culture in the 1960s, jazz as a form of journalism, how to get paid like a musician, his proudest moments, writing a misunderstood rock and roll anthem, getting to Carnegie Hall, facing fears, and what he learned from his heroes (including Mose Allison, Gil Evans, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin, and Phil Woods). ...

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Freddie Hubbard and Bennie Moten

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Beginning show number 608 with some Latin flair and doing those honors is veteran trombone cat Wayne Wallace with the tune “All The Things You Are" off his latest 2019 CD Rhythm of Invention. From that rousing point, we go into Freddie Hubbard, then Akiko Hamilton Dechter “Moment's Notice" and the great Ben Webster. We profile a new jny: Kansas City cat in B.J. Jansen and visit the old KC days with Bennie Moten. As the show carries on, we ...

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Notre Vie Comme Un Western

Read "Notre Vie Comme Un Western" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Bastille Day broadcast included new releases from John Finbury & Thelma De Freitas, Calabria Foti, Peter Eldridge & Kenny Werner and Maggie Gould plus birthday shout outs to songwriters Jimmy McHugh, Joan Whitney, saxophonist Lauren Sevian, drummer Gayelynn McKinney, cellist Akua Dixon, bassist Iris Ornig, vocalists Suzanne Pittson, Debbie Harry, Luciana Souza and trumpter Carol Morgan. Playlist Lauren Sevian “Miss Lady" from Bliss (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Andrea Wolper “The Girls in Their Dresses" from Parallel Lives (Jazzed Media) ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes from August 1969

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Salutes to Blue Note recordings by organists John Patton (with James Blood Ulmer on guitar) and Lonnie Smith (live in Atlantic City), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (with Harold Land), saxophonist Lou Donaldson (with Charles Earland), The Three Sounds, pianist Andrew Hill (from a session never formally released on Blue Note), as well as Wayne Shorter (with a compare & contrast with Miles Davis—radically different versions of the same tune). Be sure to tell you friends about the show, and explore the ...

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New Music from William Parker and Whit Dickey

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Great music from the Aum Fidelity label with new albums from William Parker and Whit Dickey together with a selection of other recent releases and some classic “Bird." Playlist William Parker in Order to Survive “Eternal Is the Voice of Love II" from Live/Shapeshifter (Aum Fidelity) 00:00 Whit Dickey Tao Quartets “Peace Planet" from Peace Planet & Box of Light (Aum Fidelity) 08:56 Warren Galea “Chrysanthemums" from The Odyssey (Vento Azul) 19:30 Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe ...