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ARTICLE: RADIO

Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

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Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More

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Exactly one day after the funeral of his beloved wife, and urged by friends and family, Polish saxophonist Leszek Żądło along with bassist Andrzej Cudzich and drummer Janusz Stefański entered Studio Stebo in Krakow, Poland in 1995 and recorded some very emotional and powerful music. Finally released, that recording is the feature on this week's episode ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Charles McPherson: The Man and His Muse

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Acclaimed alto saxophone wizard Charles McPherson has a new muse: his 25-year-old daughter Camille, a premier dancer with the San Diego Ballet, where he also serves as composer-in-residence these days. McPherson was a young father in his twenties, with three children from a first marriage. Thirty years up the road, after marrying the lovely Lynn, a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Robert Bush Best of 2014

Read "Robert Bush Best of 2014" reviewed by Robert Bush

2014 proved a banner year for jazz recordings. Still, two of my favorite discs this year came in the form of previously unreleased material--the Jarrett Trio and Coltrane Quintet cannot be overlooked, in my opinion.

Wadada Leo Smith
The Great Lakes Suites
(Tum Records)

Keith Jarrett, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bert Turetzky & Friends: San Diego, CA May 26, 2011

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Bert Turetzky and Friends
Dizzy's
San Diego, CA
May 26, 2011

Bertram Turetzky might well be considered the Godfather of San Diego contrabass. He has mentored many of the area's top players, like Bob Magnusson, Mark Dresser, and Rob Thorsen, to name a few.

Even though he's ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Bert Turetzky / George Lewis / Vinny Golia: Triangulation II

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Bert Turetzky / George Lewis / Vinny Golia

Triangulation 11

Kadima Collective

2010

The trio at work here consists of three giants of improvised music. On trombone, George Lewis has few peers; multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia has been a rock of the Los Angeles free-jazz scene for over 30 years; and contrabassist ...

Kadima Collective

Read "Kadima Collective" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

When you first come across the recordings on Kadima Collective, a couple of things stand out. The first is that the label, devoted to free improvisation, is based in Israel; secondly, there's a good chance that the CD will feature a bassist, often one of substantial international stature, like Barre Phillips, Mark Dresser or Joëlle Léandre. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bert Turetzky / Mike Wofford: Transition & Transformation

Read "Transition & Transformation" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

Within seconds of hearing the opening strains of this album, it's obvious that Bert Turetzky and Mike Wofford are serious cats. At once visceral, studied, and passionate, the music leaps out of the speakers like a force of nature. Even when they cover tunes by Monk, Mingus, or Oscar Pettiford, the results are startlingly original. They ...