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New music from Becoming Quintet, Dave Scott, and More

Read "New music from Becoming Quintet, Dave Scott, and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Three exciting new albums are featured in this week's program. The debut from excellent new Posi-tone label band Becoming Quintet, Trumpeter Dave Scott's fifth SteepleChase release leading his Violin Band, and remarkable guitar playing from Italian Jacopo Delfini. In between some archive cuts and other new releases.

Playlist Becoming Quintet “One Track Mind" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Julian Lage: Love Hurts

Read "Love Hurts" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

A un anno esatto di distanza dal precedente Modern Lore arriva il nuovo lavoro di Julian Lage, ex enfant prodige della chitarra, che a soli 31 anni può già permettersi di festeggiare quest'anno i 20 anni trascorsi dalla sua prima incisione professionale (un duetto con il mandolinista bluegrass David Grisman nell'album Dawg Duets). Nel frattempo non ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Werlin's Notable Hi-Res Releases in 2018

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2018 has been a good year for jazz music in hi-res audio formats. ECM, Songlines, Intakt, ACT Music, Firehouse 12, Foné, Mack Avenue, TRPTK, and other independent labels released newly-recorded and recent catalog albums in high resolution through download vendors, Bandcamp, and the labels' own websites. One US music vendor lists more than 300 jazz titles ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

10³²K: The Law of Vibration

Read "The Law of Vibration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

This is where the laws of physics meet the laws of the universe. The imaginative dynamism that marked 10³²K's debut That Which is Planted (Passin' Thru Records, 2014) is taken to another level on their new release The Law of Vibration. The trio of trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, bassist Kevin Ray and percussionist Andrew Drury are joined ...

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Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 1)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The compositions that we refer to as “jazz standards" were the pop songs of their time, before gradually developing into mainstays of the jazz repertoire. This week we focus on jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth, from Prince to Led Zeppelin, from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Medeski, Martin & Wood: Omnisphere

Read "Omnisphere" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il fantasmagorico trio Medeski, Martin & Wood ha iniziato la propria attività nel 1991, andandosi a prendere inizialmente la corona di migliore jam band per poi proseguire lungo percorsi originali di assoluto valore, dove jazz e avanguardia si intersecano senza problemi. Per non farsi mancare nulla i tre musicisti americani non dimenticano mai di aggiungere qualche ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases

Read "Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is winding down and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up. Given the quality of what is coming our way, we duly oblige.

Enjoy two hours of gorgeous new music, including some unexpected gems from the European jazz scene like the Austrian ensemble Little Rosies Kindergarten and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

UHHM: UHHM

Read "UHHM" reviewed by John Bricker

UHHM's self-titled debut album throws progressive rock and free jazz into a dizzying, heavily improvisational mix of satisfying songs and forgettable avante-garde experiments.

Created in 2017, UHHM is a Baltimore-based trio with Nick Sala on guitar, Jack Naden on drums and Chris Frick on keyboards and French horn. Their genre-blending and experimental compositions lead ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors

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Bereft of forced funk and over-complicated compositions, jazz-rock fusion can be as liberating as the best rock and roll. That is, if the technical expertise brought to bear is restrained and sublimated to the unity of the ensemble and the musicians involved play with the unity of a true band. Then the emotional expression usually contained ...