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Aretha in Jazz & New Releases

Read "Aretha in Jazz & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from ...

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Running The Bas(s)es

Read "Running The Bas(s)es" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

In baseball parlance, “touch 'em all" refers to hitting a four-bagger, a home run. In this week's episode, we try to “touch" a whole bunch of wonderful contemporary bassists. The following would make up a pretty darn good all-star team of “bass" runners: John Hébert with Marty Ehrlich, Joshua Abrams, Drew Gress in Free Country, Sean ...

Phil Haynes: My Favorite Things (1960-1969)

Read "My Favorite Things (1960-1969)" reviewed by Geno Thackara

For some reason, cover songs almost always seem to come across more jokey in folk/bluegrass mode than any other. There's just a certain innate good humor in upbeat romps with acoustic string instruments, especially so when the treatment is applied to formerly loud rock and roll songs. Perhaps it also feels that way because such pieces ...

Phil Haynes & Free Country: My Favorite Things(1960-1969)

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There have been several jazz projects that looked back at the popular music of the 1960's, but none have been as all-encompassing as what drummer Phil Haynes and his band Free Country do here. They touch on Baby Boomer favorites like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and James Brown, but their sweep of the Sixties is wide ...

Phil Haynes: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Uscito nel 2015 ma registrato a Berlino nel 1999, presso gli studi della SFB e con il supporto di Gebhard Ullmann, questo disco documenta l'attività in solo di Phil Haynes, un tipo di performance piuttosto rara per un batterista ma che al contrario egli ha sempre portato avanti nel corso della sua lunga carriera.

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Phil Haynes: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Many musicians, at some point, acknowledge a desire that has been building within them --to create music not for anyone else, but for themselves, and, ultimately, by themselves.

Obviously, this is easy for pianists, and more difficult for single-line instruments, but now much more common. Drummer/percussionists, especially in jazz, have different problems. First, of ...

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Michael McNeill Trio: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On his second release as a leader Flight pianist Michael McNeill elegantly embellishes his own intricate compositions with bold spontaneity. He imbues the melodic elements of the album with subtle angularity and maintains a strong lyrical sense even while flirting with dissonance.

The contemplative “Za," for instance, has a crystalline harmonic structure within which McNeill ...

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Michael McNeill Trio: Flight

Read "Flight" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Michael McNeill and his trio (bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Phil Haynes) return after Passageways with the marvelous Flight.

The first notes of “Placid Ruffled" indicate McNeill's classical background and compositional intent. The album is extremely well recorded, allowing, at least with headphones, for every overtone and their interactions to be heard clearly (especially ...

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Phil Haynes No Fast Food: In Concert

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Disco doppio registrato dal vivo in due diverse occasioni nel giugno e nell'agosto del 2012, questo lavoro ha nel titolo del progetto, No Fast Food, un emblematico ancorchè metaforico programma: la musica è infatti lontanissima dall'essere preconfezionata e pronta ad essere consumata rapidamente senza attenzione ed è invece costruita attraverso la creativa interazione di un trio ...

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Phil Haynes: Phil Haynes’ “No Fast Food” Trio: In Concert

Read "Phil Haynes’ “No Fast Food” Trio: In Concert" reviewed by Dave Wayne

No Fast Food In Concert is rife with all sorts of footnotes and fascinating jazz lineages. But, one can simply enjoy it without being a fact-obsessed music nerd such as me; the first track, a truly pretty-but-not-precious waltz titled “Dawn on the Gladys Marie" is evidence enough of the simple universality of great music. There's a ...