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Joao Barradas: A New Place For The Accordion In Jazz?

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In the 1940s Art van Damme swung sweetly on the accordion with cover pictures of beautiful girls sipping cocktails.

Then, in the 1950s, the ebullient Angelo DiPippo introduced the instrument to hipsters at the Newport jazz festival before going on to play in the wedding sequence of the first Godfather movie.

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Mário Franco: Rush

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Portuguese bassist, composer and dancer Mario Franco, describes Rush as “a rock-inspired jazz album." It came, he says, from “an inner need of electric sounds."

Franco, born 1965, started out playing classical music before switching to jazz. He is a dancer with the National Ballet Company of Portugal.

His latest ...

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Joao Espadinha: Kill The Boy

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"Kill The Boy," title of Portuguese guitarist Joao Espadinha's first album, is taken from G.R.R. Martin's novel “A Feast For Crows," fourth in the epic fantasy series, “A Song Of Ice And Fire," which went on to become the immensely popular television series “Game Of Thrones."

But there is no violent medieval escapism ...

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Carl Verheyen: Essential Blues

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At age 63, there isn't much L.A. session guitarist and sometime member of Supertramp Carl Verheyen doesn't know about music in general and the blues in particular.

“By the time you get to my age, you've probably played the blues 10,000 times," he says ruefully.

Of his latest album, Essential ...

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Jimmy Dawkins: The Chicago Blues Box 2

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It's a strange but true story: how a French woman schoolteacher, reared on classical music and Gallic chansons, came to play a major role in reviving the fortunes of Chicago blues in the 1970s.

Marcelle Chailleux was introduced to the blues by Jacques Morgantini, a founder member of the Hot Club de France. ...

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Sean Noonan: Man No Longer Me

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Man No Longer Me is about the transformation of a man who gets tickled by a sunbeam one morning on a mountain top and who, as the story progresses, wanders and gets lost in a desert and transforms into a coyote.

All clear, so far?

New York avant-garde drummer Sean ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24

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The early 1950s were a worrying time for Duke Ellington. Musical tastes were changing and big bands were going out of business. Ellington was nervous. “I like to keep a band so I can write and hear the music next day," he said, “The only way you can do that is to pay the band and ...

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Joao Roque: Roque

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Joao Roque is a young Portuguese guitarist and this--cue in a fanfare--is his first album. It's a trifle hit and miss, Roque struggling to express himself. He writes his own material, so if he doesn't quite get there with one song, he starts over again with the next.

Enough originality emerges to make ...

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Trio 65 1/2: 66 67

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The somber shade of Bill Evans hovers over this album, recorded 1966-67, by three of his fans, Danish musicians, Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards), Ib Lund Nielsen (bass) and Ole Streenberg (drums), who went under the collective moniker Trio 65 ½.

This title, coined by drummer Streenberg, is a play on the title of Evans' ...

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Fonnesbaek & Kauflin: Synesthesia

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Young US pianist Justin Kauflin and Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek share the neurological condition known as synesthesia, in which the senses become mixed. For the two musicians, this means experiencing sounds as colors with their minds' eyes.

They met in jny: Copenhagen for the first time in 2015. Fonnesbaek recalls, “Besides being a ...