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The Song Poetry of William Parker

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The voice is close to the essence of what it means to be human. Through the voice, we express ourselves and sing our sorrow. It goes back a long way to hymns, blues, arias and standards. Through the tunes we tune in to ourselves and forget our daily strife. When songs are best, they become poetry. A succinct way of putting into words what can't be easily said. There is also relief in words. They can expand ...

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A Six-String Travelogue

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Leni Stern 3 Leni Stern Recordings 2018 If it's an exaggeration to say that Leni Stern's gone native after her life-shaping time in Senegal, it's probably not by much. 3 isn't the result of merely studying and and learning a few new forms, but an unrestrained immersion in the life and traditions of a region that's grown close to her heart. The short-ish running time still makes room for a touch of flamenco, some cross-pollination ...

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Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?

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Soon after The Embers opened in New York City in late 1951, Joe Bushkin and His Quartet spent 16 memorable weeks there. With Milt Hinton and Jo Jones, Bushkin was joined by Buck Clayton on trumpet. Astoundingly, Art Tatum had a solo piano gig there at the same time. Bushkin and Tatum listened to each other every night. The crowd was as distinguished as the players. Louis Armstrong sat in with Bushkin, and Vladimir Horowitz was in the house one ...

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Kasper Staub: Slow Music for Fast Times

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Pianist Kasper Staub entered the Danish jazz scene with his trio back in 2012 when he released the album / . The music was just as sparse as the title and introduced a fragile, airy sound, with simple melancholy melodies that were quite unlike anything on the Danish jazz scene at that time. Since then, Staub and the trio have perfected their sound, releasing the equally recommendable Havnepladen (2014). Strøg from 2017 is the latest addition to the trio's discography ...

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The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes

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One of jazz music's most durable and venerated instrumental formats, the piano-led ensemble, trio and otherwise, has proven flexible beyond its surface simplicity, particularly in the hands of ingenious musicians like Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes. Such composers/players, along with their esteemed accompanists, have optimal opportunity to bring their intrinsic creativity to flower in utilizing the sparse lineup and, in so doing, further bond with their bandmates. The musicians also continue to hone their collective and ...

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Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia

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Back in 2016, BGO Records started reissuing the complete works of alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe (1940-2017) on Columbia. The first volume containing Lenox Avenue Breakdown (1979), In the Tradition (1980), Illusions and Blythe Spirit (1981) has already been reviewed on AAJ. The following two volumes complete the project of putting an important body of work from one of the great, unsung saxophonists in jazz history back into circulation. Arthur Blythe Elaborations/Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious ...

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Brazilian Brilliance: Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti

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Brazilian music is much more than established icons like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil and Hermeto Pascoal. The question is where to find the musical voices of the future? Fortunately, David Byrne's Luaka Bop label is dedicated to a mission of releasing world music that goes beyond the mainstream and has released two Brazilian albums from artists that deserve attention. Both Kassin and Domenico Lancellotti are regular avant-pop auteurs shaped by a proud Brazilian tradition that includes the Tropicalia movement ...

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Clean Feed 2018

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Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Braxton, and Rudresh Mahanthappa, they have introduced world audiences to the talents of Rodrigo Amado, Luís Lopes, Dre Hočevar, Gard Nilssen, and ...

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Nylon Strings and Other Things: Albums by Jean Chaumont and Kreisberg/Veras

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Nylon-string acoustic guitars don't crop up in jazz all that often, but when they do the results can be delightful. Below I discuss two very different albums which incorporate that distinctive sound. The Beauty of Differences Misfitme 2018 Jean Chaumont's album The Beauty of Differences bogs down in the middle in an unfortunate burst of worthy-mindedness but is otherwise entertaining and full of promise. Chaumont recorded the album for the ...

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Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

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Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples. The Flying Horse Big Band The Bat Swings! Flying Horse Records 2018 The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a set of big band jazz based on soundtrack cues from the 1966 Batman TV show. That is no stretch at all since that music ...