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Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy

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Rudy Royston's latest project, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music), is an expertly crafted, chamber-like jazz ensemble with musical influences that range from blues and Americana to rock and gospel. Featuring a stellar line-up with Hank Roberts on cello, John Ellis on woodwinds, Gary Versace on accordion and Joe Martin on bass, the music of this project is ...

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Ben Allison, Ron Horton, Frank Kimbrough: A Collective Trio

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Ben Allison, Ron Horton and Frank Kimbrough have been collaborating for more than a quarter century, including as members of the influential Jazz Composers Collective.

During these years they have established themselves as stalwarts of the New York jazz scene and developed their own instantly identifiable sounds, solidifying their international reputations as leading voices ...

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20 Years of One Man’s Jazz

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This show marks the 20th anniversary of One Man's Jazz which began its radio journey on May 1, 1999 at CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, eventually shifting to extraterrestrial Taint Radio in 2012. Rather than just play something from my favourite recording list for each of those twenty years (that was too easy), I decided to ...

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Jazz Crescendos Galore!

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When creating a radio playlist one always has to make sure to sequence songs in a meaningful way. The dynamics of their interaction is critical. There should be not too many fast pieces played back to back, nor too many ballads one after the other. Fast and slow, soft and loud should be sequenced in a ...

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Michael Blake - The Restless Adventures of a World Awakening Artist

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An enduring presence for the last 30 years, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Michael Blake has built his reputation playing jazz and creative music in New York City. The visionary composer and arranger has built a discography that impresses for depth and range, from his hard-hitting projects Hellbent and Blake Tartare, to the soul and R&B tinged ...

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Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand

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Free Association is a new series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with some of the finest selectors on Mixcloud.

Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz & Soundtracks

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Jazz has had a very close relationship with cinema and TV. To be perfectly frank in this relationship cinema and TV have not as generous as jazz has been towards cinema.

Jazz has been only sporadically covered by quality movies. When that has happened the quantity of stereotypies and clichés about jazz spoiled them ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kresten Osgood Quintet: Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz

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Danish drummer Kresten Osgood achieves the musical equivalent of pay-it-forward with Kresten Osgood Quintet Plays Jazz. His ensemble of up-and-coming Copenhagen musicians delivers convincing renditions of some archetypal compositions, plus three originals by the leader.

The choice of music on these two discs exposes the quintet to many types of possible criticism. Listeners familiar ...

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Follow the Leader!

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This episode features tracks from two influential band leaders--John Lurie and Miles Davis--and the talented musicians who played in their respective bands.

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 The Lounge Lizards “The Yak" from Queen of All Ears on (Strange & Beautiful Music) 0:16 Host talk 5:55 ...

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Erik Friedlander's Throw a Glass: Artemisia

Read "Artemisia" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Erik Friedlander ci aveva deliziato nel 2015 con la pubblicazione di Oscalypso, dedicato a Oscar Pettiford. In quell'occasione avevamo apprezzato l'abbinamento del suo violoncello al sax tenore di Michael Blake, particolarmente riuscito. Ora, con questo Artemisia, Friedlander si presenta, sempre in quartetto, affiancato dal pianoforte di Uri Caine, altro musicista la cui duttilità impavida è in ...