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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Chris May

The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones.

Yazz Ahmed
Polyhymnia
Ropeadope

The eagerly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary

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Art Ensemble of Chicago
Barbican Hall
Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary
London
November 23, 2019

There is nothing in the rule book which says that a band celebrating its 50th anniversary must avoid new material and instead trawl through its back catalogue. And in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS. This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre. It will also feature Renée Manning and solo performances by Mingus Dynasty. DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019
TIME: 6 pm
LOCATION:
Long Island ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Trip Into the Jazz Room with selections from DJ Paul Murphy

Read "A Trip Into the Jazz Room with selections from DJ Paul Murphy" reviewed by Nick Davies

This shows features music from the Jazz Room complied by Paul Murphy which is out on BBE Records. The music goes deep with tracks from Imperial Tiger Orchestra, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. Sit back, put the headphones on and be mesmerised with 50 minutes of great music.

Playlist Rez Abbasi “Wedding Preparation" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luca Pedeferri: Exultation

Read "Exultation" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Lecchese, trentasette anni, pianista e fisarmonicista, in questo suo nuovo lavoro Luca Pedeferri si rivolge all'opera di Henry Cowell, compositore, teorico e pianista californiano morto oltre mezzo secolo fa non ancora settantenne. Nove i temi rivisitati (con piglio squisitamente jazzistico, va detto subito, anche se non mancano gli scantonamenti in aree di umore più schiettamente contemporaneo), ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jeff Lofton

Read "Take Five with Jeff Lofton" reviewed by Jeff Lofton

About Jeff Lofton Jazz trumpeter and composer Jeff Lofton is a Grammy member and two time SXSW Austin Music Awards winner.

His creativity, musical integrity and talent has been well-received in both his 1950's Miles Davis tribute as well as his original material. In 2009 the City of jny: Austin proclaimed January 15th “Jeff ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rich Halley with Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio and Newman Taylor Baker: Terra Incognita

Read "Terra Incognita" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Rich Halley's leader debut Multnomah Rhythms (Avocet, 1983) featured a large ensemble, a formation that the saxophonist favored for the better part of two decades. When he pared back personnel, he was equally committed to his quartet, recording six albums with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and son, Carson Halley on drums. The Outlier (Pine ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More

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I would never presume to know enough about music to compare two of the most brilliant pianists in jazz today: Matt Mitchell and Satoko Fujii. Feel free to go ahead and do that yourself. All I'll say is that they are both amazing and worthy of all the recognition that comes their way. Each has a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Anti-Rubber Brain Factory & Sameer Gupta

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This episode features two extremely original albums from France, and they couldn't be more different. Guitarist Marc Ducret tackles Shakespeare on his Lady M. He's not the first to look to the Bard of Avon for inspiration (Duke Ellington and Cleo Laine come to mind immediately), but he may be the first one to frame one ...

Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

Read "Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...