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ARTICLE: RADIO

Day and Taxi, Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More

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First out of the mixed bag of audio treats this week (it's Halloween after all!) is a track from Oliver Lake's first recording 43 years ago Ntu: The Point from Which Creation Begins. I haven't played Oliver in a while and that seemed like a good place to begin catching up. Adam Rudolph's epic project, Ragmala, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lisa Hoppe, Sorey & Crispell, Gebhard Ullman and More

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This episode is very wide-ranging in styles and sounds; the boundaries keep expanding. I was very impressed with bassist Lisa Hoppe's new trio, Third Reality, with saxophonist David Leon and guitarist Tal Yahalom. Very original stuff! It's on a German label—Jazzhausmusik—so do some digging to find it. It's well worth the effort. Drummer, composer and influencer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Grdina: Cooper's Park

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Cooper's Park's eighteen minute centerpiece crashes into energetic existence sounding like someone just remembered to push record while the ensemble was in high flight mid jam. Flailing majestically away, guitarist Gordon Grdina, alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega and pianist Russ Lossing are heard early working overtime on every level from solo to tag-team tandem, giving, taking, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Shipp - Mark Helias - Gordon Grdina: Skin And Bones

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The Skin and Bones Music Series is an ongoing succession of creative music events in various venues in and around the city of Kelowna in British Columbia. The concerts have hosted a diverse group of jazz artists from veterans such as Peter Brötzmann to rising stars The Bjorn Kriel Trio. Among the series' featured acts was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Grdina Quartet: Cooper's Park

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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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Focus on Tony Malaby

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A focus on saxophonist Tony Malaby with a variety of music from his work as a leader, co-leader and as a sideman demonstrating his exceptional playing.

Playlist Gordon Grdina “Visceral Voices" from No Difference (Songlines) 00:00 Rez Abassi “Dark Bones" from Out of Body (Feroza) 09:04 Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth “Arthur Avenue" from Epicenter (Clean ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

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The clarinet is hardly as an exotic instrument as the oud, but both instruments have their places in modern jazz and it's always fascinating to hear how each sounds within those contexts they're placed. As a point of comparison, the music on these two releases is at once haunting and comforting, mesmerizing and intoxicating, ultimately luring ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio del 2018 Secondo Neri Pollastri

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Anche quest'anno, faticosamente e responsabilmente, ho selezionato tra i miei numerosi ascolti dodici dischi e dieci concerti che potessero essere considerati se non “i migliori," quantomeno “tra i migliori." La selezione è fatalmente influenzata non solo dalle mie predilezioni (non si può ascoltar tutto e fatalmente ci si concentra su ciò che per qualche ragione ci ...