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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die, Part 2

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This week we continue the retrospective dedicated to Frank Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa himself and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians.

As Frank Zappa loved to say, quoting Edgard Varèse, “the present day composer refuses to die" and the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more.

Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ran Blake: Something To Live For

Read "Something To Live For" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Con copertina diversa, torna a quasi diciannove anni dalla sua prima edizione (1999; incisione Boston, marzo '98) un album certamente prezioso (per quanto magari un po' discontinuo) di quel singolare pianista (e personaggio tout court) che è Ran Blake, oggi ottantatreenne. L'album si compone, adesso come allora, di diciannove brani, per lo più brevi o molto ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Solo Piano – Fred Hersch and Ran Blake

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Fred Hersch
Open Book
Palmetto
2017

Pianist Fred Hersch's 2015 release Solo (Palmetto) and the present Open Book recall Keith Jarrett's deeply introspective The Melody at Night, With You (ECM, 2000) with respect to the two artists having survived significant health crises. While Open Book is not as introspective as the ...