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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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The Big Beat: Edwin G. Hamilton, Scott Neumann, Donald Edwards, Arthur Vint, Rob Garcia, Jeremy Warren

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This is a spotlight on drums...a pretty big spotlight. Edwin G. Hamilton The Whole World Must Change Self Produced2016 It's hard enough to find a drummer, much less one who sings. There is Les DeMerle, and he is fine, but, the drummer/singer is a pretty hard chair to fill, if that is what one is looking for. Enter Edwin G. Hamilton, student of Herlin Riley and contemporary of a generation of young artist ...

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Jazz Quanta June: Todos na família: Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya

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The greatest international contribution to American Jazz may well be that from Latin America, generally, and Brazil, specifically. Brazil lends to jazz a rhythmically humid breeze that is, at once, floral, earthy, fecund, and sated. Two contemporary Brazilian gift-givers include the father-daughter forces of nature pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo and his daughter Carol Saboya. There is no greater critical pleasure than considering the two together. Presently, we have that opportunity. Antonio Adolfo Tropical Infinito AAM ...

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Heard It In A Love Song: Ted Gioia & James Gavin

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Recently, I had to admit to myself that: (1) I will not live forever, and because of Number 1, (2) Not listen to all the music there is, and (3) not read all of the books on my list. Well, I am trying to bring up the rear on this latter point reviewing books by two prominent music writers, Ted Gioia and James Gavin... about a year late... well, better that than... Love Songs: The Hidden History ...

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Jazz Quanta April – Five Women IV: Ella Fitzgerald, Bonnie Eisele, Stacy Sullivan, Eileen Howard, Lauren White

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We are enjoying a rich period of jazz vocals creation; the story continues... Ella Fitzgerald Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set Verve 2016 Ella Fitzgerald is certainly the vocalist to include first in this review as hers is one of the few voices that are the jazz vocals gold standard. The Universal Music Group, owner of the Verve Records catalog, have discovered yet one more way to repackage ...


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