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Five Women IV – Linda Carone, Gunilla Törnfeldt, Polly Gibbons, Angie Wells, Jeannie Tanner

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Linda Carone Black Moonlight Self Produced 2017 Canadian singer Linda Carone's debut recording, Black Moonlight is an intentional period piece. It is a collection of ten pieces given an organic swing workout. Carone possesses a mature, sensual instrument that when combined with her period support makes for irresistible listening. The singer and support establish a light-as-feather touch, maintaining it with solid creative momentum for the duration of the recording. There are no bumps in this ...

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Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out

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The Copenhagen daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende in 2015 called Margrete Grarup “the best kept secret in Danish jazz." In 2017, with two albums released in rapid succession on Storyville, that secret is out... and a star is born. Grarup has a wonderfully rich and expressive voice. She comes to jazz via the Scandinavian blues and gospel scene. There she would sing “down in Mississippi where I come from" like she meant it. She's actually from Aalborg in ...

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Tim Motzer: Wandering the Depths of Space

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There are guitarists, and then there are sound sculptors who use the guitar as one tool among many (and of course there's no small overlap between the two). Tim Motzer happily resides in both camps but tends to lean toward the latter description most--when running a single axe through a continually changing array of jerry-rigged technology, it's not unusual for him to spend as much time twiddling knobs as he does fingering frets. With such a range of sonics to ...

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Cassette Plus Download Labels

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In the era of digital downloads and streaming, much publicity has been given to the revival in sales of vinyl records, both of new releases and reissues. However, all the noise surrounding that phenomenon has diverted attention away from another one--the resurgence of cassette tapes. Cassettes had their heyday in the 80's, after the introduction of the Sony Walkman which gave listeners previously undreamt of freedom. For the seven years from 1983 to 1990 they outsold other formats ...

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Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series

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In 2015, Simon Reynell, Another Timbre's proprietor, realised he was talking independently to three Canadian composers about producing discs of their music; as a result, the idea of producing a Canadian series emerged. In mid-2016, as part of its “Violin + 1" series, the label released Dirt Road by one of the three, the New York-born, Toronto-resident Linda Catlin Smith. Now, in the wake of the very positive reception afforded to Dirt Road, the Canadian series begins, with the release ...

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440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights

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It's always a pleasure to be reminded what a range of sounds just one instrument can produce. The same 88 keys can be used in endlessly different ways in different inventive hands, and this batch of recordings has several masterful performers taking that starting point toward quite eclectic ends. Dag Arnesen Trio Pentagon Tapes Losen Records 2017 With a love for jazz and folk both classic and modern, Dag Arnesen finds a ...

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Anat Cohen's Brazilian Bonanza: Outra Coisa and Rosa Dos Ventos

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It's not exactly a secret that Anat Cohen is smitten with the music of Brazil. Her clarinet is a key voice on the Choro Ensemble's albums, she's peppered her own dates with the work of Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Luiz Bonfa, and Hermeto Pascoal, and she made the rounds in New York clubs--and on a pair of tracks from Luminosa (Anzic Records, 2015)--with a feisty crew dubbed Choro Aventuroso. She's an Israeli by birth and a New Yorker by address, ...

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Duke Ellington on Storyville Records

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The legend of Duke Ellington--one of very few jazzmen worthy of the overworked accolade “genius"--continues to unfold four decades after his death. In large part this is thanks to the efforts of Ellington himself. From 1950 to 1974, he kept a private “stockpile" of recordings made for his own pleasure... and with an eye on posterity. Following his death on May 24th 1974, Duke's son Mercer donated this “stockpile" to Danish Radio. Since then ...

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Lee Morgan On Music Matters

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Somewhere up in the sky there's a pantheon of jazz legends. Lee Morgan rightfully has a seat in the top tier, and the jam must be extraordinary. Morgan hit the scene in 1956, an obvious prodigy who'd scored two triumphs at the tender age of eighteen: a standing gig in Dizzy Gillespie's big band and the commencement of a prolific recording career as a leader for Blue Note Records. Following his first LP, Indeed, he went on to ...


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