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Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree

Read "The Dark Tree" reviewed by Chris May

The year of writing this review, 2019, is the thirtieth anniversary of the recording of The Dark Tree. It is also the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Horace Tapscott, a forgotten master of politically engaged African American spiritual jazz. The album, which is among Tapscott's finest, is crying out for a 2019 anniversary reissue.

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Andrew Cyrille/Dave Douglas/Uri Caine: Devotion

Read "Devotion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The aptly titled Devotion by trumpeter Dave Douglas, pianist Uri Caine and drummer Andrew Cyrille is both a prayer and a dedication. Like a prayer, the trio resolves to maintain a virtuous approach to their celebration of personal heroes, both musical and cultural. The disc opens with “Curly," dedicated to the iconic guileless Stooge, who along ...

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Vicenza Jazz 2019

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza, varie sedi
9-19.05.2019

“Oltre le colonne d'Ercole, alla ricerca di una nuova luna": questo era il sottotitolo della ventiquattresima edizione di Vicenza Jazz, a significare viaggi per mare alla ricerca di continenti perduti o porti di salvezza, viaggi nello spazio alla conquista di pianeti lontani... o semplicemente viaggi nel frastagliato ...

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Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

Read "Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The underlying theme in this episode appears to be ensembles of varying sizes and styles. From Sweden, trumpeter Goran Kajfeš' quartet Tropique blends elements of groove, trance, improv, African with a Don Cherry on top in the new Into The Wild, while another quartet, the Wójciński/Szmańda Quartet from Poland, knocks down the walls of same-same with ...

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March Birthdays Including Nat Cole & Lennie Tristano Centennials

Read "March Birthdays Including Nat Cole & Lennie Tristano Centennials" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We've got a nice slug of celebrants to honor in addition to our 'centennialins.' Our best wishes go out to Bill Frisell (playing here with Andrew Cyrille and Wadada Leo Smith), Joe Locke, Charles Lloyd, and Roy Haynes (backing Sarah Vaughan). A very special shout out to Jessica Williams! Enjoy the show!

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Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall

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Bill Frisell Trio
National Concert Hall
jny:Dublin, Ireland
February 21, 2019

It was a swift return to the National Concert Hall stage for Bill Frisell, following his guest appearance in May 2018 at the finale of fiddler Martin Hayes' residency. This time Frisell was leading his trio of Tony Scherr ...

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Bill Frisell | Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy

Read "Epistrophy" reviewed by John Kelman

When ECM Records released Small Town in 2017, beyond capturing the profound intimacy and musical ability to “finish each other's sentences" shared by the first recorded document of guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a duo setting, one of the biggest walk-aways was the hope that this would not be a one-off. Two years ...

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Roberto Magris: World Gardens

Read "World Gardens" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Roberto Magris is originally from Italy but he has played all over the world, but to a great extent he has chosen Kansas City as his base. He has encountered a lot of different sounds in his travels and that is reflected in the wide variety of the music he creates on this set.

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Tom Bancroft's In Common: Love & Stillness

Read "Love & Stillness" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A qualified medical doctor and highly experienced jazz musician, Tom Bancroft is co-leader of the bass-less Trio AAB and leads the big band Orchestro Interrupto. He studied drums with Jo Morello, Joey Baron, and Andrew Cyrille, and has played with a host of renowned jazz stars including Sun Ra, Charlie Mariano, Oliver Lake, and Sheila Jordan. ...

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NYT Approved

Read "NYT Approved" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Vegetation may die in December but best-of lists sprout like weeds. This episode, the boys examine four selections on the venerable New York Times' best-of list of 2018 jazz releases, and (by their cranky standards, at least) like what they find. Except for a certain passage of spoken-word optimism. Bastards can't abide optimism. The music ranges ...