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Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September

Read "Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Blue Note fiftieth anniversaries, as usual, on this first show of the month: Reuben Wilson (A Groovy Situation), McCoy Tyner (Asante) and Jimmy McGriff (Something to Listen to). And there's another James P. Johnson Blue Note single (BN-26) that includes “Caprice Rag" (piano players, pay attention). We've also got 21st century music from the U.K.'s Sarah Tandy, Etienne Charles, Martin Wind and Yosvany Terry with Baptiste Trotignon, as well as classics from Kenny Barron, John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. Enjoy ...

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Albums from Urbex, Alex Moxon, Steve Slagle and Toc

Read "Albums from Urbex, Alex Moxon, Steve Slagle and Toc" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this week's show we feature music from Belgian drummer's Antoine Pierre's project Urbex, inspired by the electric period of Miles Davis, and in particular Bitches Brew. I also feature Canadian guitarist Alex Moxon with his debut recording and Steve Slagle celebrating Charlie Parker's centenary. There's more new music with two new releases from the Circum-Disc Label with Toc and Dave Rempis. I have another featured album from Felice Clemente's back catalogue and one or two other treats.

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Elevator to Hell!

Read "Elevator to Hell!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Sometimes the boys just can't agree. This is one of those times. Two new selections split them down the middle (though they at least “like" both selections), while one of the two oldies drives poor Mike (and Mike's family) up the proverbial wall (or is that escalator?) Odd crooner Scott Walker and the Giles Martin remix of Abbey Road are the focus of pop matters. Playlist Discussion of Matt Ulery's album Pollinator (Woolgathering Records) 1:40 Discussion of ...

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Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia

Read "Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

These days no one should be surprised at the quantity of highly talented women instrumentalists active in the current jazz and creative music scene. They come from all over the globe, and this episode casts the spotlight on some with current new releases: New York-based German saxophonist Charlotte Greve (The Choir Invisible), Belgian singer and keyboardist Lynn Cassiers (Yun), Italian bassist Federica Michisanti (Jeux De Coleurs) and Argentinean saxophonist Camila Nebbia (Aura). Add Toronto's fine trumpeter Lina Allemano to this ...

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Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

Read "Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift" reviewed by Russell Perry

In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 and 2015 celebrated vocalists and the juries which included Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves and Luciana Souza recognized Cécile McLorin ...

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Michael Brecker, Steven Bernstein and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop World - Part 2

Read "Michael Brecker, Steven Bernstein and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop World - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This is the second part of our exploration of Michael Brecker's and Steven Bernstein's work as first-call musicians in the world of high-end pop productions. Their capacity to adapt to the demands of these productions while remaining true to their jazz roots has offered millions of listeners that might have looked at jazz with a grain of diffidence an opportunity to re-assess their skepticism. Brecker and Bernstein musicians that have played and keep playing a prime role in ...

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Excuse My Dust- -Dorothy Parker Returns to New York

Read "Excuse My Dust- -Dorothy Parker Returns to New York" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

To celebrate the return of Dorothy Parker's ashes to her native New York, we open with a new version of Mrs. Parker's classic “I Wished On The Moon," performed by Diana Krall, along with new releases from saxophonist Teodross Avery, vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, violinist Tomoko Omura, pianist Maggie Herron and the Flying Horse Big Band with birthday shoutouts to Teri Thornton (pictured) Mark Winkler, Horace Silver, Claire Martin, Sherrie Maricle,Akiko Tsuruga and more. Thanks for listening ...


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