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Take Five With Greg Burk

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About Greg Burk

Following his acclaimed 2016 release Clean Spring on SteepleChase Records, American pianist and composer Greg Burk returns with solo piano As A River--his 12th and most lyrical album to date.

The son of classical musicians, Burk spent his formative years on the jny: Detroit jazz scene, followed by studies ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Is in the (H)air!

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Inspired by Head Full of Hair, Heart of Full of Song, Pyeng Threadgill's investigation in music about the role of hair in her life, family, community and throughout the African diaspora, this episode of Mondo Jazz builds a narrative about hair, because --whether it's a braided bun or flowing tendrils --hair has always mirrored the cultural ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

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As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe.

Happy Listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Bryant: The Garden of Equilibria

Read "The Garden of Equilibria" reviewed by Dave Wayne

As one of the few keyboardists to perform and record with Ornette Coleman on a consistent basis, Dave Bryant stands alongside the likes of Geri Allen and Paul Bley. Yet, Bryant is not nearly as well-known. A Berklee graduate who studied privately with Coleman starting in 1983, Bryant's first appearance on record was with the trio ...

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Bruce Torff: Down the Line

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Chicago area native, Bruce Torff, leads his second outing on Summit Records, following up on Look Again (2013). Torff is, first and foremost, an academician with three Master Degrees and a PhD from Harvard. He is a professor at Hofstra University and a prolific author, as well an excellent keyboardist and composer. Torff's slim recorded musical ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Cheerin' Up The Universe," New CD By Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill, Due For Sept. 4 Release By Accurate Records

"Cheerin' Up The Universe," New CD By Trumpeter/Vocalist Bob Merrill, Due For Sept. 4 Release By Accurate Records

Trumpeter/vocalist Bob Merrill has had an amazingly varied career in and around music—mentored by his late father-in-law Joe Bushkin, Jaki Byard, and Red Rodney; starting and operating Hip Pocket Recording Studios in jny: New York City; and recording as a leader himself. Cheerin’ Up the Universe, his new CD and fourth to date, is being released ...

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The David Ullmann 8: Corduroy

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I have to admit to suffering a bit of cognitive dissonance upon listening to David Ullmann's Corduroy. Ullmann's original compositions, expertly played by an ensemble comprised of Brooklyn's top-drawer modern jazz talent, are ostensibly inspired by television themes from the 70s. For me, 70s television themes evoke gritty, urban sounds full of clavinet, fuzz-wah Rhodes, funky ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Mike Rivard: Entranced By The Music

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As globalization blends cultures and markets more and more everyday, it is only natural that artistic traditions and the artists that study them do the same. Mike Rivard is a leader in this regard, pioneering some of the most unique blends of musical styles and sounds today. Talking to him about his band Club D'elf and ...

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Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski: Gathering Call

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Drummer Matt Wilson may define the ideal of unabashed enthusiasm better than anyone else in jazz. His cymbals and drums even seem to be smiling when he sets sticks to them, so it should come as no shock that musical zeal is a key factor in the success of Gathering Call. For his eleventh album as ...

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Agachiko: Agachiko: Yes!

Read "Agachiko: Yes!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Agachiko is a band led by Boston-based vocalist Gabrielle Agachiko, bringing together an impressive array of musicians that includes saxophonist Russ Gershon of the Either/Orchestra, and Ken Field of the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, both distilling their amply-endowed playing down to a bare essence where all that remains is the music to support an exceptional voice and ...