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Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand

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Free Association is a new series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with some of the finest selectors on Mixcloud.

Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Byron / Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)tonalities

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The title Random Dances And (A)tonalities hints at the inclusive nature of this studio encounter between Cuban-born, New York-based pianist Aruán Ortiz and American clarinetist Don Byron. Ortiz's admiration for Byron's work caused him to seek out the reedman and led to this session that brings together their varied backgrounds. Between the two, they encompass early ...

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Ralph Alessi: Imaginary Friends

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Ever leading the avant-garde, trumpeter Ralph Alessi has never been pressed for future-forward ideas or the time to express them in whatever setting best suits the music. Not counting his prodigious work alongside such leading figures as Fred Hersch, Don Byron, and Steve Coleman, in this tumultuous century alone Alessi has led and released such challenging ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Byron / Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)tonalities

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Aruan Ortiz is a Cuban-born pianist who has worked with a number of progressive jazz luminaries including William Parker, Oliver Lake and Nicole Mitchell. Here he performs a program with clarinetist Don Byron which touches on a wide spectrum of music from J. S. Bach's formal beauty to Duke Ellington's crafty blues.

The two ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Best of 2018: Il Mixtape

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Il 2018 è stato un altro anno di grande rilievo per la musica che amiamo. Abbiamo chiesto ai nostri redattori di condividire le loro preferenze. Ecco che cosa ne è venuto fuori.

Buon ascolto, con l'augurio che il 2019 ci porti almeno altrettanta musica di alto livello!

Michael Leonhart “Music ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio del 2018 Secondo Nicola Negri

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Per chi non se ne fosse accorto, stiamo vivendo un momento musicale straordinario, fatto di ricerca senza confini, ibridazioni linguistiche e condivisione di esperienze spesso agli antipodi--insomma diametralmente opposto al periodo storico, in cui l'ignoranza miope delle nuove destre vorrebbe tenerci divisi, ancorati ad un'idea identitaria ormai superata dalla storia.
Dal jazz più classico alle ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Werlin's Notable Hi-Res Releases in 2018

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2018 has been a good year for jazz music in hi-res audio formats. ECM, Songlines, Intakt, ACT Music, Firehouse 12, Foné, Mack Avenue, TRPTK, and other independent labels released newly-recorded and recent catalog albums in high resolution through download vendors, Bandcamp, and the labels' own websites. One US music vendor lists more than 300 jazz titles ...

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Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

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Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Byron/Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jazz albums have a history of featuring cool cover art, from drummer Chico Hamilton's Ellington Suite (World Pacific, 1959) and bassist Charles Mingus' Ah Um (Columbia, 1959) to almost all of the ECM Records catalog. Maybe grabbing the music-shopper's eye helps in the pulling of the wallet out the pocket or the purse. On the terrific ...

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Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More

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Exactly one day after the funeral of his beloved wife, and urged by friends and family, Polish saxophonist Leszek Żądło along with bassist Andrzej Cudzich and drummer Janusz Stefański entered Studio Stebo in Krakow, Poland in 1995 and recorded some very emotional and powerful music. Finally released, that recording is the feature on this week's episode ...