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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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Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana

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The multifarious talents which are the essence of extraordinary vocalist Queen Esther's identity, encompass the complete spectrum of music from rural southern blues and inner city jazz, to her innovative version of Black Americana. Born and raised in the Deep South, she was a prodigious child whose creativity was recognized early in life. After a successful artistic stint in Texas, where she perfected her unique take on folkloric roots music, Queen Esther relocated to New York City, embarking on a ...

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Blues Deluxe 2

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The cultural fragmentation of recent decades or so has resulted in such a multiplicity of niche categories that the blues community only benefits by its long-term loyalty to the genre. Yet even the oftentimes arbitrary nature of the categorization(s) can't prevent the cross-pollination of styles. And, reasonably speaking, who wants to argue the dividing lines between country, blues and folk music? Not genuinely devoted music-lovers with an inveterate appetite for the likes of Eric Bibb, Greg Wickham and Steve Krase, ...

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Catching up with Cantaloupe Music: Terminals Quartets, Field Recordings, Ilimaq, Anthracite Fields, Become Ocean & Discreet Music

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Cantaloupe Music is the record label created by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can organization--composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe--with Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson. Since its 2001 founding it has featured music from Bang on a Can and other contemporary musicians making concert music a little too edgy and funky for the academic world. It is still home to a wide variety of music, as demonstrated by this sampling ...

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Two Sackville Gems: Abdullah Ibraihim's "Ancient Africa" and Oliver Lake and Joseph Bowie's "Live at A Space 1976"

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In 2011 Chicago's Delmark label acquired the defunct Sackville Records catalog, a Canadian imprint that specialized in mostly trad jazz and the Avant-Garde. Since then Delmark has systematically put out previously unavailable gems from the Sackville's vaults. In the first part of 2017 it reissued pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's solo outing Ancient Africa (Sackville, 1994) and trombonist Joseph Bowie and saxophonist Oliver Lake's duet, Live at 'A Space' 1976 (Sackville, 1976). Abdullah Ibraihim Ancient Africa Delmark ...

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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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