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Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these. Solo: Jamie Saft Solo a Genova RareNoise Records 2018 That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber Pup, Plymouth, Red Hill, The Spanish Donkey and Berserk! and Avant Gard jazz with Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte, Roswell Rudd, and ...

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Seven Women 2018 – Part II

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Hey, this is starting to become a habit. Nina Simone Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles Bethlehem Records 2018 Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles is a tidy summation of the first recordings made by vocalist/pianist Nina Simone. According to the liner notes, these selections, the singles releases from the Bethlehem catalog, were recorded in a single session with bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Albert Heath in December 1958 (the exact date ...

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Seven Women 2018 - Part I

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If 2017 taught me anything, it was that my “Five Women" column would need to expand. So, this year, we will enlarge the format to “Seven Women" and be the better for it. Anat Cohen Tentet Happy Song Anzic Records 2017 Anat Cohen's excellent Happy Song was released last year and expertly covered by All About Jazz's Geno Thackara in his review of the release. In his review Thakara shared an anecdotal exchange ...

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At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight

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While not technically a “bundle," I am using my personal column to discuss the most important recorded music release of the past year, if not decade. Music, as we presently know it, would be very different had the Louisiana Hayride not existed. Uncharitably known as ..."the poor man's Grand Ole Opry," the Louisiana Hayride was anything but. Not as provincial as the GOO, the Hayride took chances promoting up-an-coming artists that included most notably Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny ...

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Notable and Nearly Missed 2017

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I am winding down the twentieth year contributing to All About Jazz. I have never had a year where there wasn't too much good music to review (or it got to me too late). This is my attempt to make good before '17 becomes '18. Skip Heller That was Then: Collected Recordings 2008- 2017 Self Produced 2017 In addition to his being a restless music provocateur surveying the landscape of Americana, Skip Heller ...

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Holiday 2017 III - Popular

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Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare. David Ian Vintage Christmas Trio Prescott Records 2017 Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian follows up a particularly fruitful 2014 Holiday Jon Estes who has been along for the since the beginning and drummer Josh Hunt who has ...

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Holiday 2017 II - Classical

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It was a good year for Messiahs and an equally good one for the “classically-related" repertoire. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band Drive the Cold Winter Away: A Renaissance Christmas Celebration Self Produced 2017 Lutes, theorboes, sacbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, shawms and harps, that is what makes up the instrumentation for popular Renaissance fare, circa 1450 to 1700. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band has carved a career from addressing the music of the period on Arkiv ...

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Holiday 2017 I – Georg Frederic Handel’s "Messiah"

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A banner year for Handel's warhourse. Charlesworth, Rupert; Wolf, Andreas; Niquet, Hervé; Concert Spirituel Chorus; Pichanick, Anthea; Piau, Sandrine; Concert Spirituel Orchestra; Katherine Watson Messiah. HWV 56 (1754 Version) Alpha Records 2017 The past several years has seen provocative French productions of Handel's flagship Messiah. These include Benoit Haller's spare but taut 2013 account with La Chapelle Rhenane on K617 Records and Emmanuelle Haim's and Le Concert d'Astrée, Choeur et Orchestre supreme 2014 ...

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Four Beethoven Symphony Cycles – Blomstedt, Blunier, Weil, and Martynov

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My opinion may be little better than the layman's, but I believe it is incorrect to consider Beethoven's cycle of nine symphonies the 'bedrock of western music." It is not. The bedrock of western music was beginning to be established with the plainchant of the sixth century, evolving through the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, where it emerged, transformed, as the creative monolith that was Beethoven. Beethoven was the musical equivalent of sacred prophecy become manifest. This is why there ...