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Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

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We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lars Jansson, Ark Ovrutski, Pablo Held and More

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A focus on Swedish pianist Lars Jansson is complemented with new releases from Ark Ovrutski, Pablo Held and Perry Smith. In a piano trio dominated show there is also a mix of classic recordings and exciting new cutting edge jazz.

Playlist Ark Ovrutski “Second Line" from Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00 Lars ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

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In lineage with his previous releases--notably Sounds of Brasil (self produced, 2011) and Intersection (Origin, 2016))--bassist/band-leader/composer Ark Ovrutski's fourth release Journey Moments is a tightly wound, expertly realized collection of five originals and four like-minded covers that nudge Ovrutski closer to the upper ranks of today's jazz.

Journey Moments creates an overall sense of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ark Ovrutski: Journey Moments

Read "Journey Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In listening to this music, each song, solo, and split-second decision can be defined as a journey moment. Every single one, large or small, plays as a parallel or reflection of life's rich travels, bringing to light thoughts and emotions both firm and fleeting in nature. And in the sum total of them all, where action, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2016

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Another year is almost in the books. And while there were many things to fret about in 2016, a lack of good music wasn't one of them. A quick look back at the year reminds us that jazz legends remain strong, rising stars continue to rapidly ascend, newcomers are making their presence felt, and the dearly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ark Ovrutski: Intersection

Read "Intersection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ukrainian bassist Ark Ovrutski arrived on American soil just over a decade ago, and he's been rather busy ever since. A nonstop go-getter from his earliest days, Ovrutski immediately made the most out of that move, steadily working his way into the ultra-competitive New York jazz scene and seeking out opportunities to further his playing and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ulysses Owens Jr.: Of Odysseys And Evolution

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The back panel of drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.'s Onward & Upward is adorned with a telling quote from spiritual teacher/writer Ernest Holmes. His statement, that “evolution is proof of an irresistible urge which pushes everything onward and upward," could be applied to myriad topics, but it truly captures the essence of jazz drumming through time; it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ark Ovrutski: Sounds of Brasil

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Il bassista ucraino Ark Ovrutski si è trasferito a New York cinque/sei anni fa. La grande mela è una città che offre a tutti la possibilità di confrontarsi con tutti, a cominciare proprio da altri immigrati che hanno la mente aperta e la voglia di trovare nuovi spunti provenienti da altre culture. E di mischiarli con le ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Spotlight: Sounds of Brasil, Ark Ovrutski Quintet

Spotlight: Sounds of Brasil, Ark Ovrutski Quintet

The Spotlight Series highlights upcoming Latin Jazz musicians that have yet to reach national recognition. Many of these musicians thrive in local scenes and some tour in support of releases. All these musicians contribute greatly to the overall Latin Jazz scene, and they deserve our “spotlighted" attention. Sounds of Brasil
Ark Ovrutski Quintet The world is filled with cultural ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ark Ovrutski: Sounds Of Brasil

Read "Sounds Of Brasil" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

What does a Ukrainian-born bassist, who spent the first four decades of his life based primarily in Eastern Europe, know about Brazilian music? This skepticism-filled question might run through the minds of people who hear of bassist Ark Ovrutski's background, but the music on Sounds Of Brasil will instantly squelch any doubt about his skills in ...