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Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton

Read "Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vancouver's Gordon Grdina is masterfully adept at guitar and oud, so that flexibility leads to many possibilities for playing opportunities, from jazz and improv settings to his world music group, Haram. This episode finds Grdina opening things up with music from two very recent recordings: Skin and Bones (with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias) and Cooper's ...

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Russ Lossing: Motian Music

Read "Motian Music" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nato a Columbus, Ohio, nel 1960, Russ Lossing è un pianista che, anche proprio per anzianità di servizio, meriterebbe certo maggior fama di quella di cui gode. Influenzato dal lessico jazzistico come dai vari Bartok, Schönberg e John Cage (col quale ha anche intrattenuto un sia pur fugace rapporto personale), Lossing ha suonato con gente importante, ...

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Gordon Grdina Quartet: Cooper's Park

Read "Cooper's Park" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since the release of his first album in 2006, Think Like the Waves (Songlines), Gordon Grdina has sought a musical language that would allow him to incorporate his dual interests in the electric guitar and the oud. It is tempting to view this as an “East meets West" process, wherein Grdina's jazz and rock-infused guitar playing ...

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Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More

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My music GPS keeps pointing to bassist Carlos Bica for riveting music. His new release I Am the Escaped One finds him heading in a different direction than the usual guitar trio. This time he's working with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe. The result is captivating. Bica is now living in Germany but ...

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Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

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The underlying theme in this episode appears to be ensembles of varying sizes and styles. From Sweden, trumpeter Goran Kajfeš' quartet Tropique blends elements of groove, trance, improv, African with a Don Cherry on top in the new Into The Wild, while another quartet, the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet from Poland, knocks down the walls of same-same with ...

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Joseph Benzola, Liebman/Rudolph/Drake, Tom Kessler and More

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Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber has seen her star rising since settling in New York. She's become a highly regarded member of the creative improvisation scene there, and each recording of her own compositions becomes more impressive. With her septet she tackles a number of homages to some of her favourite 20th century composers' percussion ...

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Russ Lossing, Adam Kolker and Paul Motian's "Jack of Clubs"

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This time around we focus on Russ Lossing and Adam Kolker, and feature tracks from Paul Motian's seminal album Jack of Clubs, with some fellow travellers in between,

Playlist Russ Lossing “Jack of Clubs" from Motian Music (Sunnyside) 00:00 Paul Motian Quintet “Hide and Go Seek" from Jack of Clubs (Soul Note) 07:16 Gordon ...

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Ernie Watts, Lisa Hilton, Russ Lossing and More

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New releases from Ernie Watts, Lisa Hilton, Michael Wolff, Russ Lossing, and Quintetto Lo Greco showing the wide variety in the World of Jazz.

Playlist Ernie Watts “I Forgot August" from Home Light (Flying Dolphin Records) 00:00 Lisa Hilton “Twists of Fate" from Oasis (Ruby Slippers Productions) 09:27 Michael Wolff “Allison" from ...

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Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More

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The much-acclaimed Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans' passion for combining jazz improvisation and Indian music continues unabated on her latest recording Bridge of Dreams. She brought together some top musicians from India, including the incredible vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Sandy's frequent accompanist tabla player Bobby Singh and the Sirens Big Band from Sydney for the project. Recently, the ...

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Russ Lossing: Motian Music

Read "Motian Music" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

The late drummer Paul Motian left quite an imprint on the jazz world, with over one hundred compositions to his name, and numerous artists releasing covers of his songs, as well as tribute albums and performances since his passing in 2011. Some of those have included Jeff Cosgrove's self-released 2012 album For the Love of Sarah, ...