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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

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The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones.

Yazz Ahmed
Polyhymnia
Ropeadope

The eagerly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tribe: Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990 - 2014

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Hot on the heels of jny: Detroit trombonist and co-founder of the Tribe Phil Ranelin's Phil Ranelin Collected 2003—2019 (Wide Hive, 2019), comes another funked up spiritual-jazz beauty from the collective. The music on both albums is about as good as jazz ever gets and, given the social divisions being encouraged by reactionary politicians on both ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phil Ranelin: Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019

Read "Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019" reviewed by Chuck Koton

One day, in Indianapolis in 1948, a nine year old Phil Ranelin made a fateful visit to his paternal grandmother's home. She was a real music buff and that afternoon, before she went to do some work out back, she told young Phillip, “Any of these records, feel free to play 'em and see what kind ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nat Birchall: Obeah Man

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Welcome to the latest analog-era time warp... the vinyl revival has rebirthed the 45rpm seven-inch jazz single. The format faded away in the 1960s. Even back then, chart hits such as Stan Getz's “Desafinado" (Verve, 1962) were freak events, but before the coming of album playing FM radio stations, an edited version of an album track ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Emanative & Phil Ranelin: Vibes From The Tribe

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The Tribe referred to here was a musicians' cooperative in jny: Detroit, Michigan, active from 1972-1977. It was co-founded by trombonist Phil Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison and was equal parts band, record label and community project. Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was among the members. The organization had close affinities with jny: Chicago's Association for the Advancement ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup

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The confluence of the stars. Our “listeners' favorites" show and the infamous DrJ New Year's Eve warmup together! How greasy could it be? Well, very. We've got some of your favorites from Shows 341-350 as well as some funky stuff from older shows that got you resonated. No disco, though... sorry. But you can still crank ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: October 1968 & More

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The first show of the month means it's time for a dive into the Blue Note vault for our monthly celebration of Blue Note 50th anniversaries. Before that, the doctor presents a selection of recent music that caught his ear. As a bonus, you will find Albert Ammons, from the second Blue Note release, which was ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Minimalist Jazz & An Interview With Caroline Davis

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Jazz and minimalism? An interesting combination that produces fascinating and hypnotic results which we will delve into in this episode of Mondo Jazz.

We also interview saxophonist Caroline Davis about her latest album, Heart Tonic, plus a loungy tribute to Cecil Taylor, and a preview of live performances by Patrick Zimmerli and Derek Gripper. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Catalina's Bar & Grill Proudly Presents Phil Ranelin's “Freddie's Groove” On Thurs. October 10, 2013

Catalina's Bar & Grill Proudly Presents Phil Ranelin's “Freddie's Groove” On Thurs. October 10, 2013

Former FREDDIE HUBBARD TROMBONIST PHIL RANELIN’s Memorial Celebration of FREDDIE HUBBARD’S 75th Birth Year! Featuring: THE PHIL RANELIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE Exploring some of Freddie’s classic compositions and Ranelin’s own “Freddie’s Groove” written in honor of the legendary Trumpeter Phil Ranelin - Trombone
Pablo Calogero - Reeds
Jacob Scesney - Reeds
Aneesa Al-Musawwir - Bass ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Azar Lawrence Quartet at the RG Club

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Azar Lawrence Quartet and Special Guests
RG Club
Venice, CA
November 2, 2012-July 21, 2013

Venetians like to consider themselves among the hipper denizens of the Los Angeles area, yet remarkably, there hasn't been a Venice jazz club in over 20 years. And any neighborhood that aspires to “hipness" better be able to boast of ...