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From Choro to Chaos

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Berkeley Choro Ensemble
The View from Here
Self-Produced
2017

Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

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More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

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Afro-Cuban All Stars
Absolutely Live II
DM Ahora! Productions
2017

You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

New Sinatra DVD Collection: Beautiful Stories in Song

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In September 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the final three titles in The Frank Sinatra Collection, six shows and performances which collectively present highlights from four decades of studio, concert and television performances by The Chairman of the Board.

The Royal Festival Hall (1962) & Live at Carnegie Hall captures Ol' Blue Eyes performing ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

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Big Mean Sound Machine
Runnin' for the Ghost
Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records
2017

On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

Paolo Fresu Quintet dal vivo per i 50 Anni Della Azienda Cifarelli

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Azienda Cifarelli Spa
Voghera
19.06.2017

Per quali insondabili ragioni un quintetto jazz può rimanere in vita trentaquattro anni senza dare segni di stanchezza? La loro musica come può evitare di cadere nella routine, anche se è vero che negli ultimi anni gli ingaggi non sono numerosi come in passato? Come è ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

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Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts

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Brownout
Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath II
Ubiquity Records
2016

Brownout bandleader and guitarist Adrian Quesada listened to a lot of different music, including blood-curdling heavy metal monsters Black Sabbath, while growing up in South Texas. Even while creating original music more reflective of their Mexican and American funk, ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

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Dave Fiuczynski
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!
RareNoise Records
2016

Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

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Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
This Could Be That
Self-Produced
2016

This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...