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ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note Review 2 & Play a Game with DrJ, Newk & Lady Day

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It's Gifts and Messages show No. 400 from the studios of WHYR—how did that happen? To celebrate (but let's face it, we celebrate every week), we have a game for you: tunes written by famous saxophonists 'reimagined' in 2019—name the composer. We also have a start on listening to the Blue Note Review #2 collectors' box ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Gerald Cleaver, Steve Khan, Raffaele Casarano and More

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In the second part of this week's episode (for the first part click here) we continue our exploration of new releases with music by the likes of Gerald Cleaver, David Sánchez, Raffaele Casarano and Mirko Signorile as well as the return of veteran guitarist Steve Khan.

Happy listening!

Ben Allison "Mondo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

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Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

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Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

Read "Public Access / Headline / Crossings" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Khan: Backlog

Read "Backlog" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Latin jazz has rarely featured the guitar, but that hasn't stopped Steve Khan. Backlog continues in the vein of previous albums including Parting Shot (Tone Center, 2011) and Subtext (Tone Center, 2014): creative Latin arrangements of Great American Songbook standards and modern jazz tunes that are rarely played in Latin style (or in any style, in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Rogers: Voyage Home

Read "Voyage Home" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Il jazz non è soltanto un genere musicale: per qualcuno è anche un luogo affettivo, dove ritrovare le proprie radici, vecchie conoscenze, episodi della propria vita, atmosfere familiari. Accade anche per Chris Rogers in Voyage Home, il cui titolo, che può essere tradotto con “rotta verso casa," lascia intendere come l'autore abbia voluto percorrere un viaggio ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

Larry Coryell: Free Spirit and Pioneer

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Not too long ago, I learned that sadly, one of my great inspirations, guitarist Larry Coryell had passed away here in New York on February 19th, 2017. Somewhere around 1968, I remember being in college at U.C.L.A. and going several times to see Larry play as part of the visionary Gary Burton Quartet. Usually they played ...