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Gregor Huebner, Alexandra Grimal and a focus on Anna Webber

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Stunning new Cuban Jazz with a political message from Gregor Huebner, exciting new sounds from Alexandra Grimal and a focus on the work of Anna Webber dominate a show of mixed styles and emotions.

Playlist Gregor Huebner “Equinox" from El Violin Latino Vol. 3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 00:00 Alexandra Grimal “Meltemi" from ...

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Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more

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This week's episode of Neon Jazz opens with At the Edge of the World, the latest album by gifted New York City-based jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg. During the rest of the episode we feature music ranging from the feisty veteran Betty Carter to the richly talented Kansas City saxophonist Ernest Melton from his highly anticipated album ...

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Dave Douglas, Ken Thomson and More

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On this show we look back at the fantastic live recordings from the Dave Douglas Brazen Heart band live at The Jazz Standard. Also featured the new album from Ken Thomson and a further look at the work of Jerry Bergonzi. In between a selection of new and archive material.

Playlist Andrew Cyrille “Worried ...

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Ken Thomson

Ken Thomson is a staple of New York City’s contemporary music and jazz communities, and is widely regarded for his ability to blend a rich variety of influences and styles into his own musical language while maintaining a voice unmistakably his own. Embracing the combination of complexity in harmony, rhythm, and form while adding a punk-rock aesthetic, Thomson has carved out a unique corner in today’s multifaceted musical world. As a performer-composer bridging jazz and contemporary music, Thomson has released two albums with his group Slow/Fast. The most recent of these, Settle, was praised by the New York Times for its “intricate long-form compositions,” and garnered a five-star review in All About Jazz

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: Settle

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There are ways to get to know people really well, really quickly. Many of these fall under the general category: “challenge them, somehow." For a certain time of my life this meant: “go camping with them." Really. If you go camping with a group of people, you will find out a lot about them in a ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can, New York’s innovative and energetic champion of new music, officially announced the new clarinetist for its “All-Star” lineup. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have become a singular vehicle for visionary composition over the course of the last 20 years, and with the addition of Ken Thomson will continue to set the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Gutbucket: Cascades and Collisions

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Over its 12-year career, Gutbucket has resituated its various musical parts like the pieces of a Rubik's cube. The elements of that cube, the sonic strains, have remained similar--an amalgam of fuzz rock, jumpy jazz, post-serial classicism--but its panoply of shifting color has been redeployed in unique ways on each of the Brooklyn-based quartet's five CDs, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: It Would Be Easier If

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Il primo brano “Kleine Helmet," coglie di sorpresa perché da una front line con chitarra elettrica, sax/clarinetto basso e tromba, era difficile aspettarsi un sorta di pastorale del terzo millennio, un'atmosfera cameristica screziata da impercettibili irregolarità ritmiche - grande il lavoro di Fred Kennedy - che lascia l'ascoltatore con un senso di pace sospesa e sognante, ma con il ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Ken Thomson Turns His Reed Work to Chamber Jazz

Ken Thomson Turns His Reed Work to Chamber Jazz

Improvisation is a big, if not the biggest, pillar of jazz music. For many, it's what gives the music its unique identity, separating it from pop and the rest. Musicians wax poetic about the experience of playing that way, and I've written extensively about it through the years, particularly applauding those groups that practice free playing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: It Would Be Easier If

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Ken Thomson, New York based saxophonist and composer, describes the music of Slow/Fast as “21st Century Third Stream." It's an apposite description, for it certainly brings together elements of jazz and classical music, but it underplays the third element of Slow/Fast's sound--the influence of rock. All four members of Slow/Fast, heard on the band's debut, It ...