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NendoDango Records: Reinventing Tradition

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Argentinian jazz is in a very good state. Young musicians are gathering in collectives, trying to spread the word. They primarily use platforms such as bandcamp to release their music digitally, although physical formats are also occasionally available. Kuai Music is one of the major new players on the field, but new labels arrive all the time. One of them is called NendoDango Records. The people behind the label are the drummer Pablo Díaz, saxophonist Miguel Crozzoli and the pianist ...

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Psalms and Poetry: Den Danske Salmeduo and Nicolai Munch-Hansen

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Sometimes, the answer to the quest for an original sound is so obvious that it is overlooked. While many European jazz musicians have tried to imitate the sound of the American jazz scene and the pulse of New York, fewer have tried to reach back into their own musical heritage. Two new Danish jazz releases find inspiration in their home country. One through the European tradition of psalms and the other through the works of a Danish poet.

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Three saxophonists very different paths since "Propagations"

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Back in 2007, Marc Baron on alto, Bertrand Denzler on tenor and Jean-Luc Guionnet also on alto were three-quarters of the unnamed saxophone quartet that recorded the ground-breaking album Propagations (Potlatch, 2007), alongside Stéphane Rives on soprano. Together, the four reinvented the rule book for a saxophone quartet in the new millennium, ignoring the conventional vocabulary and introducing greater use of sustained notes and pad noise... Disappointingly, despite the album's musical and critical success, the four have not ...

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Christmas Roundup 2016: Aguankó, Jeff Collins, & Vinnie Zummo

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It's that time of year again. While some people genuinely love holiday records, others are just looking for some alternative to have available for self-defense against the onslaught of traditional holiday pop music. Regardless of what camp you're in, here are two new releases, plus three that are new to me: Latin jazz, mainstream jazz, bossa nova, and one that's a retro-pop blend. Aguankó Latin Jazz Christmas in Havana Self Produced 2015

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Leonard Cohen and His Legacy

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In recent years, nobody has raged against the dying of the light more spectacularly and thrillingly as singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. For 50 years he had been telling stories of love, faith, death, despair, solitude, war, politics, and exaltation. Before embarked on a successful and eventful career in the show business he had a successful career as a poet and novelist. His achievements were legendary and his status as a writer, poet, songwriter and the famous ladies' man had ...

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Blues Spotlight: Robert Finley / Donald Jay Johnson And Gas Blues Band / The King Brothers

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The blues is an essential element in American music, and continues to thrive, with new releases and artists coming out on a regular basis. The three artists spotlighted here are all experienced musicians, and have a genuine affinity for the blues, as it is their inherent music. While one makes his stunning recording debut, the other two are seasoned veterans in the business. All are qualified to keep the blues alive. Robert FinleyAge Don't Mean A ...

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Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun & Havana Moon DVD/CD

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It might be fair to say that any concert appearance by a band with fifty years plus history is an occasion in itself and doubly so (or more) to offer that observation about the Rolling Stones. Who would've guessed in 1963, 1973 or 1983 that the group would not only still be together in 2016, but playing regularly around the world? Or remain a sufficiently popular draw to attract the huge crowds that attended the concert(s) in London's Hyde Park ...

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Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel

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Alison Miller may well be the renaissance woman of modern jazz. High-profile mainstream gigs like appearing with the band on Late Night with Seth Myers hardly hint at the diverse complexity of her collaborations and work under own name, most conspicuously including the band Boom Tic Boom. She parses out individual components of her artistry with equal measures of humility and ambition, so that her authority as a bandleader equals her generosity of spirit as expressed in tandem with other ...


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