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March 2018: Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berrigan, and Henry “Red” Allen.

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Episode 135 takes a thorough and loving look at Louis Armstrong's 1930's recordings for the Decca company. After a couple years nursing a blown lip and searching for new musical contexts, Louis hooked up with manager Joe Glaser and soon had a contract with Decca records, which featured him on a kaleidoscope of recordings, from remakes ...

Louis Armstrong: The Decca Singles 1935-1946

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Good news, jazz fans--rhythm saves the world again. The Universal Music Group tentacle labeled “Verve Records" has issued The Complete Decca Singles 1935-1946. Don't be put off by the term “singles." Since this was the 78 era, all recordings were essentially singles and the set thoroughly covers Satchmo's output for Decca during the period. (Even the ...

Jay Leonhart: Don't You Wish?

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Jay Leonhart has been active as a jazz bassist from the 1960s, and since 1983's Salamander Pie (Digital Music Productions, 1990), he has, from time to time, headlined records as that rara avis, the singer-songwriter who plays acoustic bass rather than acoustic guitar. (one example: “Goodbye, Miami" from the debut--it sounds more prescient day by day.) ...

Aaron Comess: Sculptures

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The British might call the new album by drummer Aaron Comess, Sculptures, a “curate's egg." It's instrumental music, so as likely to be filed under “jazz" as anywhere else, but the focus is not on linear improvisation over changes or, for that matter, free improvisation either. Rather, it's a collection of performances running from two to ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

February 2018: The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason

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After a January of unusual episodes, the boys are back in the groove for February.

Episode 133 features a wide spread of entries, from Juli Wood's tribute to Finnish folk music Synkka Metsa to the Vienna Art Orchestra's energetic homage Duke Ellington's Sound of Love. Alex Sipiagin's Returning also gets a thorough look-in, along ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Black Flower at Moriska Paviliongen

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Black Flower
Moriska Paviljongen
Malmo, Sweden
February 16, 2018

Black Flower opened their concert at Moriska Paviljongen with a trance-like song redolent of early Pink Floyd, but soon enough the bpm picked up and seismic bass notes started resonating. We've all heard of EDM, but is IPM (instrumental ...

Dafnis Prieto: Back to the Sunset

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Back to the Sunset, the new album by the Dafnis Prieto Big Band opens with “Una Vez Mas," a fairly traditional Latin big band workout. Don't let that fool you--this is not your padre's Latin jazz album. Half way through the decidedly more mysterioso second track, “The Sooner the Better," it's amply apparent that Prieto is ...

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Lisa Bjorange at Bullret Jazz Club

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Lisa Bjorange Quintet
Bullret Jazz Club
Malmo, Sweden
January 29, 2018

“Bullret Jazz Club," in the “Kuben" space at Malmo Live hosted an appearance by the Lisa Bjorange Quintet on January 29, 2018. The group offered two sets filled with youthful energy and risk taking.

Bjorange's quintet is very ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

January 2018: Charles McPherson, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker

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January opens with an interview with alto saxophonist, composer, and philosopher Charles McPherson and closes with Pat hosting a one-man show on Duke Ellington's suites.

Episode 132 features a hundred-minute talk with alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, who discusses a formative encounter with Charlie Parker, his time playing in Charles Mingus' band, the lessons he ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Syrinx Effect: A Sky You Could Strike a Match On

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Syrinx Effect is comprised of just two musicians: Naomi Siegel (trombone) and Kate Olson (soprano saxophone); they expand their sound with effect pedals and overdubbing. Eric Eagle, the producer on their new album, A Sky You Could Strike a Match On, plays percussion on several of the tracks.

Syrinx Effect labels itself “interstellar folk ...