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What I'm Listening to Now

Discover what jazz musicians are listening to.

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO NOW

Michael League

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Here are a few albums that I'm listening to now. In this list, I decided to highlight several of the artists who will be at this year's GroundUP Music Festival, an experience dedicated to exposing open-minded listeners to new music. 1. Susana Baca, Eco De Sombras (Lusaka Bop, 2000) My first introduction to arguably the most important figure in Afro-Peruvian music (as well as a former cultural ambassador of Perú) was this record. I actually played ...

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO NOW

Jeroen Kimman

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1. Puro Huayno, Antologia de la musica Peruana (Wisepack ltd, 2000) For a few years I've been in love with Hauyno music from Bolivia and Peru, to a point where I sometimes have to force myself to put something else on; it's addicting. It's like its own musical language, and I will never be able to work out what is exactly going on rhythmically; those kind of things that can just not be written down. This Peruvian compilation ...

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO NOW

Otis Sandsjö

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1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972)Listening to Aretha coming home makes you feel like coming home. R.I.P. 2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012). This album was on repeat around the time of my daughter's birth a few months back. It says it all. A saxophone sound from another planet. 3. NONAME, Telefone (Vinyl Me, Please, 2017)“Yesterday" was the soundtrack to my whole 2017. ...

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO NOW

Nick Millevoi

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Nick Millevoi, a young guitarist and composer of jny: Philadelphia, likes to surprise, as the sheer diversity of his project demonstrates. He has the innate curiosity of the best music explorers and is equally at ease composing for large ensembles as for small rock bands. As his bio aptly puts it, Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock and roll, noise, and modern composition. 1. Jeff Parker: ...

Mick Rossi

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Pianist, drummer/percussionist, and composer Mick Rossi is known for his diverse, progressive work in the New York Downtown scene where he has collaborated with the likes of Steven Bernstein, Mark Dresser, Dave Douglas, Erik Friedlander, Gerry Hemingway, Ron Horton, Andy Laster, Michael Sarin and Cuong Vu. Despite the very busy and long-standing collaborations with Philip Glass and Paul Simon, he has established himself as one of the most courageous, gifted and charismatic musicians in the New York scene and beyond ...

Mats Gustafsson

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If Mats Gustafsson's approach to music were to be described with a single adjective, it would have to be “intense." This applies to him both as a musician, as illustrated by over three decades of playing with stalwarts of the free and creative jazz scenes on both sides of the Ocean (Ken Vandermark, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Derek Bailey etc.), and as a voracious crate-digger and record-trader with a two and a half ton vinyl cave in rural Austria. We ...

Krystle Warren

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Singer-songwriter Krystle Warren was born in jny: Kansas City, and after spending several years in jny: New York City, moved to jny: Paris. In addition to important collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu, Keziah Jones, Zap Mama, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, she has also released two EPs and two full-length albums with her long-time band, The Faculty. Her 2009 debut CD Circles, recorded with two-time Grammy-winning producer Russell Elevado at the Electric Lady Studios in ...

Caroline Davis

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After honing her skills on the jny: Chicago scene, Caroline Davis has rapidly established herself as an in-demand musician and educator in jny: New York, where she moved in 2013, and internationally. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz's best releases. The leader or co-leader of several interesting projects, ranging from her quintet to the duos Maitri and Alula, with Matt Mitchell, Caroline's voracious music interests, which go well beyond jazz, made her the ...

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO NOW

Frank Macchia's Freaky Fricassee of Music

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These are just a random group of some of my favorite tunes compiled for your listening pleasure. Not just jazz tunes, but some rock, pop and classical as well. I hope you can check out some of these artists. I really dig them!! TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1After Youre Gone3:53Terry GibbsDream Band Vol 12Alabama (Takes 4 & 5)5:10John Coltrane QuartetThe Classic Quartet--Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings3All Of Me2:18EsquivelMusic From A Sparkling Planet4Bernie's Tune (LP Version)4:21Clare FischerCrazy Bird5Clear Spot3:40Captain Beefheart & The Magic ...