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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

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While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

ARTICLE: RADIO

All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov

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This week we focus on a batch of new releases including the latest album from Simon Nabatov who has a great band, they are so good I play something from each band member as well.

Playlist Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer “Wonderment" from Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Simon Nabatov Quintet “Old ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Pitsiokos: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years

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Adventurous, hair-raising, mind-bending, dense, fibrous, layered, hallucinogenic, twisted. These are the words that come to mind when listening to the excellent but challenging music on Chris Pitsiokos's album Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years. Pitsiokos' compositions often sound like a musical transcription of the trippiest parts of William Burrough's “Naked Lunch." The result? An ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brandon Seabrook: Convulsionaries

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This exciting freewheeling, free-playing, ear-stretching, mind-expanding set from composer / guitarist Brandon Seabrook strives for new ground in music--a hybrid of modern classical idioms and experimental jazz. It succeeds. The music stretches what one might conceive of as “jazz."

Joined by Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on cello, Seabrook accomplishes his breakthrough ...

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Flora Carbo, Mário Costa and Wocjiech Jachna

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This episode continues its mission to explore jazz from around the world. Australia's jazz scene is influenced by many great female players. In addition to Sandy Evans you will hear the debut of saxophonist Flora Carbo. Polish trumpeter Wocjiech Jachna and trio debut their latest, God's Body, while Portuguese drummer Mario Costa's latest for Clean Feed ...

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Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2018

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Jazz Festival SaalfeldenJazzfestival Saalfelden 2018
Saalfelden, Austria
Casa del Jazz
23-26.08.2018

Il Jazzfestival di Saalfelden garantisce di solito un combinato efficace di musica avventurosa, inedita, ed esibizioni invece legate a nomi “sicuri," sempre di gran qualità. Quest'anno la formula si è rivelata meno felice del solito, pur contando su un ...

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11th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Sunday, September 16 From 2-6 PM — Marc Ribot And The Jazzbeens To Headline

11th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Sunday, September 16 From 2-6 PM — Marc Ribot And The Jazzbeens To Headline

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York ...

Stray: Into Darkness

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Two old masters and two younger pretenders unite to produce Into Darkness. Saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist John Russell were both part of the so-called second generation of improvisers, following in the wake of progenitors such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and John Stevens. Joining them in a continuous 51-minute live performance from London's Iklektic in ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Unlimited 31 - Mary Halvorson "Ribbons of Euphoria"

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The 31st edition of Unlimited Festival, in Wels, titled “Ribbon of Euphoria," was curated by American guitarist Mary Halvorson. who organized a program focused on guitar-oriented groups, offering to the audience a wide range of improvised music. Performers included Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Ellery Eskelin, Tomas Fujiwara, Mira Lu Kovacs, Susana Santos Silva, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica ...

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Vision Festival 2017

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New York's Vision Festival of innovative music marked its 22nd anniversary last month with another stellar lineup boasting pioneers of the avant-garde playing alongside a premier cadre of younger musicians. Presented at the historic Judson Memorial Church in the heart of Greenwich Village by Arts for Art, the festival featured six nights of challenging music, much ...