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NEWS: FOR SALE

10 New Vinyl Releases Available Now For Ordering – Lee Konitz, Rez Abbasi, Tori Freestone, Gareth Lockrane, Walter Smith III + More

10 New Vinyl Releases Available Now For Ordering – Lee Konitz, Rez Abbasi, Tori Freestone, Gareth Lockrane, Walter Smith III + More

Announcing 10 new limited edition vinyl albums: Whirlwind is delighted to dig into their back catalog and make available for the first time a limited edition printing of First Meeting: Live in London Volume 1, by Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer, Michael Janisch and Jeff Williams. One of the label's all-time most popular releases, this new double LP ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Violinist Meg Okura

Read "A Conversation with Violinist Meg Okura" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Meg Okura is a distinguished violinist/composer who has been decorated with several awards. Her latest album, Ima Ima, is a collection of well thought out and very well executed compositions that stem out of her role as a mother. Join Meg and I as we talk about composing, motherhood, David Bowie, and other somewhat related things. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

“Ima, You Don’t Look Jewish,” A Three-year Old Said To Her Mother.

On Mother’s Day, Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell and guitarist Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)

Read "2018 Winter Jazz Festival Preview & 2017 Highlights (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Happy New Year! In the first 2018 episode of Mondo Jazz we look back at some of the great releases of 2017 and look forward to the Winter Jazz Festival, which every January brings the New York jazz year into full gear, with previews of some of the international artists featured in its program.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

John Abercrombie Remembered

Read "John Abercrombie Remembered" reviewed by Dave Allen

This past August the world lost one of the most distinctive voices of jazz guitar in the past 50 years. John Abercrombie's music was a strong influence and inspiration for many guitarists and musicians developing in the '80s and '90s. His sound, touch and thoughtfulness was immediately distinctive from other guitar heroes of that or any ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe

Read "Unfiltered Universe" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Rez Abbasi, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and pianist Vijay Iyer share South Asian roots and have respectively incorporated many of the region's modalities and song-forms into the progressive jazz idiom at various points in time as solo artists or collaborators. Hence, the musicians coalesce for the third chapter of Abassi's Invocation group that merges South Asian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Two years after the release of his acclaimed Charlie Parker project Bird Calls (ACT), saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa returns with his longstanding Indo-Pak Coalition for Agrima, a vinyl and download-only release that is a dazzling hybrid of Indian music and furious jazz-rock.

Besides Mahanthappa the group consists of guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer/tablaist Dan Weiss, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Lungamente atteso, viene pubblicato in questi giorni Agrima dell'Indo-Pak Coalition di Rudresh Mahanthappa, un album dove tradizione orientale e contemporaneità si fondono in percorsi articolati e avvincenti. A nove anni dall'unico lavoro discografico (Apti Innova, 2008) il trio raccoglie i tratti fondanti di quel progetto aggiungendo nuove soluzioni, in un quadro esaltante per inventiva personale e ...