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Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More

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Exactly one day after the funeral of his beloved wife, and urged by friends and family, Polish saxophonist Leszek Żądło along with bassist Andrzej Cudzich and drummer Janusz Stefański entered Studio Stebo in Krakow, Poland in 1995 and recorded some very emotional and powerful music. Finally released, that recording is the feature on this week's episode ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jonathan Finlayson, Master Oogway & More

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These days touring is maybe the most critical aspect of a jazz musician's ability to not only promote one's music but also to survive financially. Toronto drummer Ethan Ardelli is proof of that pudding. He's taken his fine quartet and hit the road across Canada for the month of November--23 events from coast to coast--and will ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Black Motor, Tomasz Stanko and Other New Releases

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Finland's power trio, Black Motor, is sure to get your own motor running with a pair of tracks from a live recording issued by We Jazz. The music comes from a We Jazz festival held in Berlin in October last year which showcases some of their artists. This week's show also features music from the heart ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert with William Parker: New Normal

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If sentimentality is the synonym of nostalgia, then the antonym is anticipation, and maybe a better word would be modernity. That word comes to mind spinning the trio recording New Normal by trombonist Jeff Albert, drummer Dave Cappello and their guest, bassist William Parker.

Sentimentality is often associated with New Orleans, the birthplace of ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di.... Jeff Albert

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01. Jason Roebke -High/Red/Center (Delmark -2014).
Trovare un buon equilibrio tra forma e libertà in ensemble di medio/grandi dimensioni è veramente difficile. Jason c'è riuscito molto bene in questo disco con alcuni dei miei musicisti preferiti di Chicago.

02. Alvin Fielder/Dave Dove/Jason Jackson/Damon Smith -From-to-From (Balance Point Acoustics -2013).
Vi è ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake: A Night In November - Live in New Orleans

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Hard to believe, but A Night In November--Live in New Orleans is the first drums / saxophone duet recording by legendary New Orleans free jazz saxophonist and educator Kidd Jordan. He's accompanied by a true kindred spirit, Hamid Drake. Though both have made names for themselves in the rarefied world of free improvisation, neither are shy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Albert's Instigation Quartet: The Tree on the Mound

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The Tree on the Mound si apre e si chiude con due composizioni di Fred Anderson. Nessuna sorpresa se pensiamo che Jeff Albert ed Hamid Drake sono stati allievi del grande sassofonista di Chicago e che Kidd Jordan ha avuto con Anderson una collaborazione proficua e duratura. Sono questi i brani più lirici, commoventi nella loro ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Reed's Loose Assembly Featuring Roscoe Mitchell: Empathetic Parts

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The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) has nurtured the talents of Chicago's most inventive artists since 1965. Drummer Mike Reed, the venerable organization's recently appointed Vice Chairman, repays the favor on Empathetic Parts, with his longstanding quintet, Loose Assembly, by welcoming one of the Association's original founders, multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell, as featured guest ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hamid Drake & Bindu: Reggaeology

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For the first two minutes of atmospheric discourse between the twin trombones of Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert, and the human beatbox that is Napoléon Maddox, you would be forgiven for thinking that Hamid Drake's Reggaeology was an ironically titled free improv set. But that impression doesn't last. Infectious riddims kick in, based on Bob Marley's ...

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Lucky 7's: Pluto Junkyard

Read "Pluto Junkyard" reviewed by Troy Collins

The brainchild of trombonists Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert, the Lucky 7's are a consummate example of post-Vandermark Chicago-based collectivism. Bishop's longstanding work with fellow artists such as Rob Mazurek, Ted Sirota and Ken Vandermark informs his inside-outside approach, lending a forward thinking but historically aware sensibility to this versatile mid-sized ensemble. A New Orleans native, ...