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Deep Jazz Trip Vol. 1

Read "Deep Jazz Trip Vol. 1" reviewed by Nick Davies

In this show Nick plays lots of new music and some tracks from the archives; a new format for the podcast version of the show.

Playlist Ben Flocks “Muses's Mask" from Mask of the Muse (West Cliff Records) 1:41 James Martin “Rectify" from Keep Movin' (James Martin Music) 03:59 Miguel Zenon “El Negro ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases

Read "Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September! What a month. The summer is over... so are the summer festivals... but that is also the month when record labels start churning out some of their best releases to bring the temperature up in advance of the end-of-year polls and listicles. So here comes an onslaught of heavy-hitters with their new or upcoming releases, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

These Leos Are Jazz Lions

Read "These Leos Are Jazz Lions" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Some heavyweight birthdays in this mid-August broadcast, which included new releases from saxophonist Ben Flocks, songwriter Mark Winkler and guitarist Paul Silbergleit with celebratory shout outs to songwriter Bernice Petkere, Benny Carter and organist Trudy Pitts in the first hour, Roberta Piket, Jeri Southern, Howard Johnson and Regina Carter in the second hour, Abbey Lincoln in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More

Read "Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with a cat that has seen many jazz roads and is itching to get down many more, Bob Sheppard with a track off his latest CD The Fine Line. We then visit the world of Horace Silver and vibes cat Mike Dillon doing an Elliot Smith cover. We hear new material from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caili O'Doherty: Padme

Read "Padme" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On her intriguing debut Padme pianist Caili O'Doherty showcases her superb skills as a composer, an improviser and a bandleader. The individual musicians' spontaneous expressions are integrated within the harmonic construct of her nine originals that comprise the album. As such the solos sound as natural extensions of the prewritten music making O'Doherty's freshman effort dynamically ...

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Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain

Read "Battle Mountain" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'ispirazione per la musica contenuta in Battle Mountain--è lo stesso Ben Flocks a rivelarlo nelle note di copertina--arriva dalla grandiosa natura delle Santa Cruz Mountains, zona incontaminata della California nella quale Oceano Pacifico, rocce granitiche, colline rigogliose danno vita ad un paesaggio affascinante e misterioso.

Il secondo brano--il traditional “Shenandoah"--e “Silver City Bound" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain

Read "Battle Mountain" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

California native, saxophonist Ben Flocks' compositions parallel an imaginary cross-country trek via the diverse climates he conjures with these alluring compositions. Spanning intermittent similarities to guitarist Bill Frisell's sojourns into Americana along with frothy New Orleans second line fare, spacey jazz rock, and a few quirky little ditties intermingled along the way, his debut is an ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Amanda Ruzza Band: New York, NY, November 8, 2012

Read "Amanda Ruzza Band: New York, NY, November 8, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Amanda Ruzza Band
Zinc Bar
New York, NY
November 8, 2012

Brazilian-born bassist Amanda Ruzza took the stage at Greenwich Village's Zinc Bar, backed by a solid band--drummer Mauricio Zotarelli, electric guitarist Alex Nolan, pianist Mamiko Watanabe, trombonist Chris Stover and tenor/soprano saxophonist Ben Flocks--about which the bandleader jokingly referred as “a nice band with ...