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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: RADIO

Dida's Touch: The Remarkable Artistry of Dida Pelled

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Whatever material she touches --be it a Horace Silver standard, a Wes Montgomery blues, a Johnny Cash country tune, a Randy Newman heartbreak song, or one of her disarming originals --New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled leaves her indelible mark on it. Her signature style is a mix of playful warmth and remarkable guitar ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Releases of 2016

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Shifting priorities in 2016 prevented me from either listening to or reviewing as much music as I have in the past. Thus, I did not take a swing at many fine recordings that by all accounts should be on this list like: John Scofield's Country for Old Men (Impulse!); Keith Jarrett's A Multitude of Angels (ECM); ...

Dida Pelled: A Missing Shade of Blue

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Guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled previous Red Records release, Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings (Red Records, 2011) was one of my pics for Best-of-the-Year in 2011). That recording was so refreshingly organic that it has remained in my listening rotation since that time. Pelled snuck in a self-produced Modern Love Songs (2015) between Plays and Sings ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dida Pelled: Telling Stories And Serving Songs

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When it comes to music, Dida Pelled doesn't discriminate. This young guitarist-vocalist--a doe-eyed ingénue in appearance, a mature artist in reality--has proven to be an inimitable double-threat who's more concerned with serving a song and doing justice to the music than fitting into a neat little stylistic box. She's equally comfortable playing straight-up jazz at Smalls ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Craig Hartley: Books On Tape, Vol. 1

Read "Books On Tape, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The work of any artist is typically the summation of their life experiences to a certain point, but many aren't aware of how or when these experiences seep(ed) into their art; pianist Craig Hartley just happens to have great awareness and a more confessional approach than most, as he lets specific occurrences, influences, events and individuals ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dida Pelled Trio: Aquebogue, NY, February 12, 2012

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Dida Pelled Trio
Long Island Winterfest
Palmer Vineyards
Aquebogue, NY

February 12, 2012

Long Island's East End is world renowned for it's wine country and high-end lifestyle, but few visitors ever choose to experience either one during the winter. While the wine cognoscenti have come throughout the year, the general public usually waited for ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2011

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Another year is in the books, but the music created and/or released during these twelve months is still around, continuing to serve as a reminder of jazz's majesty. While some continue to complain that jazz is stagnant or at death's door, the finest albums released in 2011 say otherwise. I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

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Back in the early '90s, Stanley Kay, one-time back-up drummer for the incomparable Buddy Rich, later a manager of such artists as Maurice Hines, Michelle Lee and Paul Burke and the entertainment director for the New York Yankees, had a good idea: the time had come, he reasoned, to assemble an all-woman big band that would ...

Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings

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Youthful precociousness is one thing. There is typically an element of immaturity present. Fully developed and evolved at a young age is something else entirely. Israeli Dida Pelled has emerged fully formed as singer and instrumental soloist in New York City, after completing her obligation to the Israeli military and relocating there (not unlike fellow countryman/saxophonist ...