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Christmas 2016 II: Contemporary

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Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling says of the holidays, “In the Western world, whether you're Christian or not, Christmas has some kind of seasonal relevance to you...You really cannot escape the holiday--even if it is just coming at you on television...for me, the holiday comes enriched with a lot of beautiful personal memories. It also comes freighted with the knowledge that millions of other people would carry their own such memories; and not all those memories are of happy occasions."

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Christmas 2016

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A Cappella is the original format for choral singing. The five selections addressed here make 2016 one of the better years for this music. Kings College Cambridge -The King's Men Twelve Days of Christmas Choir of King's College, Cambridge 2016 The King's Men are a vocal ensemble made up of choral scholars attending King's College, Cambridge. They are considered a “close-harmony" group. Close harmony is an arrangement of the notes ...

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Jazz Quanta Vocals: Carol Bach-y-Rita, Sara Serpa, Alyssa Allgood, Gina Sicilia, Ilse Huizinga

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Carol Bach-y-Rita minha casa / my house Self Produced 2016 Polyglot exotic Carol Bach-y-Rita released her conspicuous debut, What Love Is in 2009. Since then, she has kept busy performing, taking her sweet time in developing her new project, the self-produced Minha Casa / My House. Her selected repertoire bursts with originality and invention, manifesting in orchestration, arrangement, and composition. Regarding orchestration, Bach-y-Rita mixes and matches instruments with a carefree whim that ...

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Blues Quanta: Power Trios – Johnny Stachela, Eddie Turner, Paul Deslauriers, Jeff Jensen, Lee Delray

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Who on earth invented the power trio? It might be easy to say Cream or Jimi Hendrix, as they were pioneers, but who first? It could be Buddy Holly and the Crickets or Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two (if we could call them “power" trios). No matter what, all examples have the blues as their common thread. The tradition of the blues power trio remains alive, well, and recording, as we can see here. Johnny Stachela Band ...

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Jazz Quanta July: Fundamental Piano Trio I - Bill Evans, Mike Jones, Fahir Atakoğlu, Roberto Magris, Chat Noir

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Bill Evans Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest Resonance 2016 Pianist Bill Evans has never suffered from a lack of musical documentation. A majority of his recordings remain in release and more unheard performances continue to surface. Resonance Records' Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest is not the first unreleased Evans in their roster, Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (2012) preceded ...

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Van Morrison: …It's Too Late to Stop Now…, Volumes I-IV

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Genius, Innovation, that “Thing..." oh, and Live Recording... Early in this new century, All About Jazz published my list of the ten best live rock recordings with a second installment addressing “the best of the rest." Ten years of praise and ridicule have led me to accept how naive I was to believe that I could reduce such a list to so few recordings (even in the compressed period of 1969 to 1979). Certainly a worthy addition to ...

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Jazz Quanta June: The Sacred Orchestral: Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis

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Music and the Christian Tradition are as intimately involved as making love. Since the beginning of an organized Christendom, music has been a part of the liturgy and celebration of what was to become the “Good News." Regardless of one's spiritual inclinations, this religious music looms large on the cultural horizon and cannot be ignored. While so-called “classical" music has provided many religious musical expressions, there have also been several notable jazz contributions to the form not the least of ...

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Jazz Quanta June: Sacred Voices Old and New - Harry Christophers, Eamonn Dougan & The Sixteen, Magnificat, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Seraphic Fire

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Sacred Music, that music associated with religion and religious observance, has been a fertile and endless loam of material since as early as 500 A.C.E. The Sixteen, Harry Christophers The Deer's Cry Coro Records2016 The Deer's Cry is part of the Harry Christophers and the Sixteen's 2016 Choral Pilgrimage performance schedule. The disc contains music composed by William Byrd (1543--1623), Thomas Tallis (1505--1585), and Arvo Pärt (b. 1935). The inspired pairing ...


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