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Eric Alexander, Tristano and Nat Cole Centennials & Ellingtonia

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Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander appeared in Baton Rouge Tuesday, November 19th @ the Manship Theatre, downtown Baton Rouge. So we warmed you up for his visit with his trio and quartet work, as well as a sideman with Mike LeDonne on the B-3 and pianist Junior Mance (knee deep in the blues). There's also our last ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Markley Quartet: Slow Play

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The jacket cover on this splendid new studio recording from OA2 Records reads “Ben Markley Quartet Featuring Joel Frahm," and for good reason: the New York City-based saxophonist lends considerable improvisational weight to Slow Play, which would be a far different animal without him. That's not to say that pianist Markley, bassist Marty Kenney and drummer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Listeners' Recent Faves

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Listeners' favorites this week from shows 381 to 390! Lots of 'pop' covers tickled your fancy this time around, along with a trip to jny: New Orleans and the usual dose of grits & gravy. Enjoy the show. And, no, we haven't abandoned Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes (yet:); they will be featured next week. Thanks ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 27-19, 2019

It sometimes happens at the historic Monterey Jazz festival that the “main" and most memorable takeaways of a program occur away from the main arena stage. And so it went at the 62nd annual festival in September--at least to these ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

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That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicolas Bearde: I Remember You: The Music Of Nat King Cole

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In 2019, Cole is king. Feted on record by John Pizzarelli, celebrated with a new seven CD set of his early work from Resonance Records, and praised and reappraised from numerous journalistic angles, Nathaniel Adams Coles--better known as Nat King Cole--is receiving the posthumous plaudits he so richly deserves in this, his centennial year. Now, adding ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Alexander: Leap of Faith

Read "Leap of Faith" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Acclaimed saxophonist Eric Alexander needs no special introduction. His pioneering work in the jazz world has been an inspiration to many of his peers since the early 90s. On this special chordless endeavour—featuring the chops of Doug Weiss on bass and drummer Jonathan Blake whose own recording in a very similar chordless constellation was likewise recently ...

Two From The Giant Step Arts Label

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Giant Step Arts is a non-profit organization and label dedicated to helping jazz musicians create the music they want to without worrying about the pressures of the marketplace. On two of their initial releases, that translates into concert recordings done at New York's Jazz Gallery where the bandleaders are free to work out their ideas in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Newk, Clarinet Madness & More

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June 2019 was one of those months with 5 Saturdays, so we got to play around with the music more. As usual, a mix of newer music from the likes of Theo Hill, Kate Reid and Anat Cohen--the latter two duos with Fred Hersch on piano. Then we have two, yes two, “compare and contrast": one ...

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David Kikoski: Phoenix Rising

Read "Phoenix Rising" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist David Kikoski and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, among the brightest lights on New York City's jazz scene for more than two decades, have known each other for almost as many years but Phoenix Rising marks the first time they have recorded together. After listening, one observation springs immediately to mind: it's about time.