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Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More

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At the heart of this week's show are albums by Tito Mangialajo Rantzer and Andy Ballantyne both of which include dedications to famous jazz musicians. Amongst other material there is also new music from Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio and Tonbruket.

Playlist Tito Mangialajo Rantzer “After Sam" from Dedications (Solista Records) 00:00 Andy ...

Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

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While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton

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Vancouver's Gordon Grdina is masterfully adept at guitar and oud, so that flexibility leads to many possibilities for playing opportunities, from jazz and improv settings to his world music group, Haram. This episode finds Grdina opening things up with music from two very recent recordings: Skin and Bones (with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias) and Cooper's ...

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Don Cherry Tribute, Four Visions, Alberto Pinton & Earprint

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The late trumpeter Don Cherry had and still has a huge influence on the creative music scene, from his work with Ornette, Coltrane, Old And New Dreams, CODONA, and Carla Bley to his exploration and fusion of world music. That influence led Italian drummer/percussionist, Cristiano Calcagnile, to form an ensemble to perform a tribute to Cherry ...

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The Fictive Five: Anything Is Possible

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Anything Is Possible constitutes the second release from a quintet first convened by San Francisco-based reedman Larry Ochs for his 2013 residency at The Stone in New York. Following that successful summit, and perhaps not unrelated, the pairing of trumpeter Nate Wooley and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, players as at home in extemporized form as in adventurous ...

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Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More

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A very eclectic show this time out: drummers are front and center: Joao Lencastre, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen, Harris Eisenstadt, Kahil El'Zabar from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Germany's Max Andrzejewski. The latter and his band Hütte are tackling the music of rocker/composer Robert Wyatt. If that isn't off the wall, how about a combination of ...

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Audio Cave Artists

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This episode hones in on some of the fine artists recorded by Audio Cave, an independent label based in Krakow, Poland. They've been in operation since 2012, releasing a mix of genres. Much attention is paid to the finished products' sound, as you'll hear in the music from the likes of the Oles Brothers, Mark Alban ...

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New Releases from Bhate, Bisio, Weiskopf, Eisenstadt and More...

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This week we focus on recent releases from Jaelem Bhate, Jerry Bergonzi, Walt Weiskopf, Dustin Laurenzi, Michael Bisio, and Harris Eisenstadt plus a handful of top tunes from the jazz archive.

Playlist Jaelem Bhate “On the Edge" from On the Edge (Self Released) 00:00 Jerry Bergonzi “1st Ray Intention" from The Seven Rays ...

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Gabriel Ferrandini: Volúpias

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Portuguese American drummer Gabriel Ferrandini's album Volúpias offers fascinating, impressionistic sound-portraits of the streets and avenues of Lisbon. Yet, unlike what one might expect from an ode to the urban experience, Ferrandini's portraits are often sedate and abstract, more a stroll than a view from a passing vehicle window.

These impressions are given form ...

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Harris Eisenstadt Old Growth Forest: Old Growth Forest II

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The eternal debate persists. Is Harris Eisenstadt primarily a drummer or a composer? He composes music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, yet he leads several jazz groups including Canada Day (a quintet and sometimes quartet or octet), the small large ensemble Recent Developments, and this quartet with trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and bassist Jason ...