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Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

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In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More

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Back in 2017, one of the great quartets was in a celebratory mood over the release of a new recording, so they booked the Shapeshifter Lab in New York for their record release party. Someone had the smarts to record those musical proceedings and the results are a new album by bassist William Parker and In ...

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: RADIO

Audio Cave Artists

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This episode hones in on some of the fine artists recorded by Audio Cave, an independent label based in Krakow, Poland. They've been in operation since 2012, releasing a mix of genres. Much attention is paid to the finished products' sound, as you'll hear in the music from the likes of the Oles Brothers, Mark Alban ...

Mara Rosenbloom, Thumbscrew & Nation Beat

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Mara Rosenbloom/Melanie Dyer/Ken Filiano/Rashaan Carter
Soup & Sound
April 10, 2019

It's an old tradition, sometimes out of necessity, for artists to host low-key gigs in their own homes. The hyper-inventive and often powerfully percussive drummer Andrew Drury has been offering soup and sound for quite a while now, opening ...

Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II

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A sei anni di distanza dall'ottimo esordio, ecco il secondo capitolo del Devin Gray's Dirigo Rataplan, una delle formazioni che l'ancor giovane batterista di stanza a New York utilizza per veicolare la sua eclettica visione musicale. E che quartetto, perché oltre al leader troviamo Dave Ballou (trombettista assai considerato dai colleghi e attivo anche nell'ambito della ...

Jeff Williams: Bloom

Read "Bloom" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In a new departure, Jeff Williams has forsaken the quartet, quintet or sextet configurations of his previous four albums for Whirlwind in favour of this very convincing trio format. In tandem with this slimmed-down enterprise, he's employed a pianist and composer who is undoubtedly a rising star of jazz. Carmen Staaf graduated with a joint degree ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More

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My music GPS keeps pointing to bassist Carlos Bica for riveting music. His new release I Am the Escaped One finds him heading in a different direction than the usual guitar trio. This time he's working with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe. The result is captivating. Bica is now living in Germany but ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wójciński-Szmańda Quartet, Dustin Laurenzi and More

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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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Harold Danko: His Own Sound, His Own Time

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The famous sculptor, Henry Moore, hit the nail on the head when he said: “there's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it." This statement certainly rings true in the case of pianist and composer, Harold Danko. Even though he has retired from a long and distinguished career ...