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John Law: The Re-Creations Trilogy

Read "John Law: The Re-Creations Trilogy" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

John Law is one of the most prominent pianists on the British jazz scene and he is also a distinctive composer. So far, he has focused primarily on building a substantial compositional body of work, culminating in his ambitious Art of Sound tetralogy (33 Jazz, 2007-2009), followed by strong records like Three Leaps of the Gazelle ...

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Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records

Read "Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Canadian vibesman Dan McCarthy has come a long way since the release of his already very accomplished debut album Interwords (self produced) in 2006. Since moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2004, McCarthy has been able to collaborate with some of the city's finest improvisors, such as Steve Swallow or Ben Monder who are also the ...

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King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis

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King Crimson
2019 Celebration Tour
Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Canada
Théâtre St-Denis, Montréal, Canada
September 14 & 17, 2019

After covering six shows including two 2014 dates in San Francisco, another two 2015 shows in Montréal, and single, back-to-back 2017 performances in Montréal and Toronto, perhaps the biggest question is:

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Ian Michael Brown: The Beauty of Not Knowing

Read "The Beauty of Not Knowing" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Ian Michael Brown seems like a fellow who enjoys a little mystery—not the kind that is dark or forbidding, but the kind that makes travel and exploration so much fun. That feel is only further reinforced by a lush jazz-fusion sound which takes a few tonal cues from Brad Mehldau and the Pat Metheny Group. He ...

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Sonny Rollins & Miles Davis

Read "Sonny Rollins & Miles Davis" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From an album that is charting very well and a man that is robust in the world of jazz these days, we begin our 614th Episode with Eric Wyatt on a new album paying the ultimate respects to his friend and hero Sonny Rollins. From there, we explore a host of cats that are putting quality ...

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ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

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Krannert Center
ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival
Champaign/Urbana, IL
September 5-7, 2019

It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks ...

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2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
August 30-September 2, 2019

According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

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George Shearing Centennial, Woodstock turns 50 and the Charlie Parker Festival

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The celebration of 1969 continued in this broadcast, which included new releases from vocalists Nicholas Bearde, The New York Voices and Quiana Lynell, pianist Alberto Pibiri & the Al Peppers, plus a special Woodstock tribute by Erik Applegate & Time Child, with birthday shout outs to Pat Metheny in the first hour, Mary Stallings (80!) and ...

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Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

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August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial

Read "August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial" reviewed by Marc Cohn

August jazz birthdays this week on Gifts and Messages. We feature pianist George Shearing for his 100th birthday, along with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker (2020 is the Bird centennial. Are you ready?), Count Basie and Lester Young. Among the living we give thanks for Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Cecile McLorin-Salvant and Branford Marsalis. And there are ...