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Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

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Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

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Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrés Vial: Sphereology Volume One

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Pianist Andres Vial has been working on this Sphereology project since 2005, when he organized a Thelonious Monk music festival in his Montreal hometown. “My band played four nights of Monk's music there," he recalls. “I transcribed about fifty of his tunes for those gigs, and the festival ran for four years."

“Even though ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Nicola Conte presents Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sounds of MPS

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A labor of love, Cosmic Forest was compiled by Italian musician, producer and DJ Nicola Conte to both revisit and present to a new audience Conte's favorite “spiritual jazz" recordings from MPS Records' 1965--'75 catalog. Eight of these thirteen pieces came from albums released as part of the MPS label's mid-1970s “Jazz Meets the World" series ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad's Chant Triptych II

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Chris Trinidad seems unique even by musicians' standards: He keeps busy as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, choral conductor, and music educator in and around the San Francisco Bay area, but also has a background in liturgy, liturgical worship and educational leadership.

Chant Triptych II is the second in a series through which he reimagines traditional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonar: Live At Moods

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Recorded Live at Moods jazz club in Zürich (Switzerland) in May 2018, this set reconnects guitar electronics visionary David Torn with the band Sonar. Torn played with Sonar on their previous album Vortex, and this live set picks up three tunes ("Waves and Particles," “Red Shift" and “Lookface!") from that earlier collaboration.

How does ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre

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Personally, I can't resist a musical story that begins: “Molly Tigre set out from Brooklyn to answer one tough question: What if the 70s vibes of the cult Ethiopiques series collided with Saharan desert rock and West African blues, but with no guitar to lead the melodic way?" I'm not quite sure what some of that ...

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Hip Spanic All-Stars: Old School Revolution

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If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), and drummer Jay Lane (Primus) hooked up, during timeouts from their more regular gigs, in the Mission ...

Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

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Hip Spanic All-Stars
Old-School Revolution
Self-Produced
2018

If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right.

In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), ...

NEWS: RECORDING

All About Jazz Reviews Tony Adamo's Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

All About Jazz Reviews Tony Adamo's Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

All About Jazz reviewed Was Out Jazz Zone Mad twice! By CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
January 9, 2019 Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same ...