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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paula Matthusen: Between Systems and Grounds

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A quick glance at the personnel and tracks for this album will warn you: jazz, this ain't. Indeed, music, arguably, this ain't. Rather, Between Systems and Grounds is a set of elaborately generated, minimalist soundscapes that were part, apparently, of art installations at various institutions. The press materials focus on the process more than the product: ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Javon Jackson: For You

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Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. For You is his twentieth release as a leader, and it finds him paying homage to Hubbard ("My Man Hubbard"), McCoy Tyner ("88 Strong"), Pharoah Sanders ("Mr. Sanders"--though ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Weston Culture

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Inspired by Randy Weston's passing, Mike and Pat explore four pivotal albums from the pianist/composer's long career, taking in works from 1960 to 2003. Weston's collaboration with trombonist/arranger Melba Liston is discussed in some depth, as her contributions were crucial to some of his greatest recordings. Pat laments not including Weston's album Highlife from 1963, which ...

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Let's Get Experimental

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Violinist, composer, singer, and poet Sarah Bernstein visits the 'cast to discuss her career in music, her various on-going groups and projects, and her recording with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, Crazy Lights Shining. The rest of the program explores various kinds of “experimental music," from drummer Rudy Royston's unusual front-line of bass clarinet and accordion to Thrainn ...

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Cardigans Off!

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Special guest Keri Johnsrud enlivens the first part of the podcast as we discuss her career in music and new collaboration with pianist Kevin Barnes, Welcome to the Neighborhood, an album devoted to the music of one Mr. Fred Rogers. Mike investigates as to whether Fred really served as a Green Beret in 'Nam because you ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Petrucelli: Presence

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Tenor-saxophonist John Petrucelli's Presence is an ambitious sprawl of an album. Petrucelli features a jazz quintet (with piano, bass, guitar and drums) together with a string quartet, then gives his tunes titles like “Field of Heaven," “Garden of Angels," and “Scallop Shell of Quiet," as if to warn the listener that the album carries more conceptual ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gadadu: Outer Song

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Look at the personnel for Brooklyn-based group Gadadu and you might be misled into thinking it's a jazz-based outfit--two (count 'em) horn players listed as full members and not an electric guitar in sight. But Gadadu (which sounds a little bit like a martial art for babies) is, at heart, a pop group, albeit one fond ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chicago Jazz Festival 2018

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Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
August 29-September 2, 2018

A Beginner's Guide to the Chicago Jazz Festival The Chicago Jazz Festival is a free event scheduled each Labor Day weekend and offering over fifty concerts in various outdoor venues. The 40th edition--running from August 29 to September 3, 2018--is now ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ice, Ice, Baby

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Mike's apparently random picks for this episode, whose release dates range from the mid-fifties to this very year, turn out to have at least one aspect in common: the artists involved illustrate different aspects of “cool."

After detours exploring Michel Petrucciani's personal life and Mike's beef with British jazz critics, we wind things ...

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Come Up to the Fender

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It's a mixed-bag this fortnight, with two brand new releases by up and comers (Sasha Mashin and Hubert DuPont), a theme album by a Spanish guitar-slinger, and one of many attempts to turn the jazzy music of Steely Dan into full-blown jazz. Pop matters features brief discussions of British odd-ball musicians Brian Eno and Syd Barrett, ...