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Real World Records' Vinyl Reissues

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In the new millennia, the world seems to be a fragile and fragmented place full of fear and where xenophobia spreads like wildfire. All of that has contributed to the rise of isolationist and right--wing movements and governments around the globe. In a world that is in constant turmoil, it is good to have excellent music reissued that at the time has made the world look like a global village when this music connected people from different cultures and religions ...

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The Narell Brothers: Steelpan Music Merchants

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Steelpan musician, Andy Narell and his older brother Jeff Narell represent a game change in the status quo of island music and the instruments born in the Caribbean. Originally created as an musical accompaniment to celebrate Trinidad Carnival, the steelpan has evolved over the years to become a modern acoustic instrument family that supplies a range of unique timbres and tonals colours for all the world's music, including jazz and calypso. Andy Narell, with over 18 albums as leader or ...

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Emanem Releases New Music From Late, Great Heroes Lacy And Rutherford

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Based on the practices of some other labels, many consumers might have expected new album releases from Steve Lacy (1934-2004) and Paul Rutherford (1940-2007) to be “newly discovered" live recordings of dubious quality or reissues of past studio recordings with previously unreleased outtakes included. However, two new releases on Emanem--a double CD from Lacy and a single from Rutherford--puncture such expectations and set new standards for the quality we should expect of posthumous album releases. In each case, the album ...

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Of Stories, Songs, and Self: Fred Hersch's Good Things Happen Slowly & Open Book

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Most everything in Fred Hersch's oeuvre has always miraculously existed as slow read and page-turner all at once. The many phrases, songs, and albums spun from the mind and fingers of this highly expressive pianist-composer have been something to really take time with, to be savored and appreciated for their beauty and depth of creative thought. But his performances simultaneously invite curiosity about what sits around the next bend. That seemingly paradoxical duality is just one of the many gifts ...

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The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio

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Amaury Faye Trio Clearway Pias Jazz Village 2017 Following several years of studying and reputation-building in his native France and beyond, Amaury Faye makes an accomplished and overdue step foward with Clearway. It was largely a standards affair on his leader debut Big Moe Trio (Greenworks, 2010). Here the French pianist includes just two semi-obscure cover selections and uses his own songs to bridge them with the more contemporary sounds of the genre. The ...

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Sven-Åke Johansson's Blue For A Moment

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Sven-Åke Johansson Blue for a Moment NI VU NI CONNU 2017 In conjunction with the film of the same name, the LP boxset Blue for a Moment was prepared as a limited release (250 signed copies) of Swedish musician Sven-Åke Johansson's music. It is in no way a complete retrospective. That endeavor, covering nearly sixty years of music making, would have required a hundred discs, plus visual and performance art, and poetry. The seven ...

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Roots In The Green Mountains

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The vibrant music community of Burlington, Vermont is a veritable fountainhead of the gestation of new and varied forms of this greatest of all the arts. The earthy elegance of Vorcza is one thing, the visceral impact of The Seth Yacovone Band something else altogether. And the roots-based work of Bardela and Kyle Chadburn is distinct unto itself: their original efforts build upon a traditionalism far removed from the eccentricities of Phish and their offspring such as Twiddle is. Nurturing ...

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Green Mountain Jazz

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In observation, analysis and overall discussion of Burlington Vermont's vibrant music scene, the jazz demographic is all too often overlooked. But the vibrant undercurrent of the genre in the Queen City is like that which bubbles under in our culture at large, always present, usually noticeable with careful perusal but otherwise hard to highlight outside its devoted fans (or the annual ten days of the Discover Jazz Festival), without concerted focus. Bassist/composer Robinson Morse and saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy are two ...

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Guitars on Three Continents

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Gonzalo Esteybar One Look River Flow Records 2017 Even when you can glean a lot from a first glance, it still usually means just scratching the surface. Gonzalo Esteybar knows his way around the instrument enough to have studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle and repeatedly toured with its performing arm, the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. Interestingly, though, his bio lists him as a producer first and guitarist next. All those things are ...


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