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John Ellis

The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists, Ellis expresses a keen intellect and easy virtuosity while maintaining a mischievous gleam in his eye and never letting tongue stray far from cheek. That combination is best showcased in Ellis’ eccentric combo Double-Wide, which recently released its third album, Charm, on Ellis’ own Parade Light Records

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The COVID Chronicles, Vol. 1

Read "The COVID Chronicles, Vol. 1" reviewed by Leo Sidran

How is Coronavirus impacting the creative class? What happens when musicians lose their primary income overnight? What opportunities are there for creativity in this moment of social distancing? What is the conversation for performing musicians, online creators, and artists? How is it different in countries with a social safety net? Victoria Canal, Jack Conte, ...

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Peter Slavov: Little Stories

Read "Little Stories" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While these ten tracks recorded by bassist Peter Slavov's variable-sized outfit were all fleshed out in the studio between 2017 and 2019, this debut album actually covers a wider span of time. Collecting music penned over the past 20 years, and attaching attendant stories for background and bridging purposes, Slavov essentially looks back over his entire ...

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Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges

Read "Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Kendrick Scott authored one of the most compelling jazz releases of last year with A Wall Becomes a Bridge (Blue Note, 2019), a nuanced meditation on identity, history and prejudice, shepherded under the direction of producer and former band mate Derrick Hodge. Pairing gorgeous, searching improvisatory canvases with break beat interludes and samples from guest DJ ...

Little Stories

Label: Slavov Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Prologue: Glide; Gone; Small Little Things; Photos; Bye; History of Beauty; Ghost; In Defense Of The Minotaur; A.M.; Elegy.

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Helen Sung: Sung with Words

Read "Sung with Words" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Solidamente collocata in area mainstream dagli anni del suo esordio, agli inizi del millennio, la texana Helen Sung s'è fatta apprezzare per il brillante pianismo e la guida di vivaci formazioni con eccellenti partner. L'estetica di fondo del nuovo disco non è diversa dai lavori precedenti ma aggiunge un'interessante relazione con la poesia, ispirata ...

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Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy

Read "Rudy Royston's Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Rudy Royston's latest project, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music), is an expertly crafted, chamber-like jazz ensemble with musical influences that range from blues and Americana to rock and gospel. Featuring a stellar line-up with Hank Roberts on cello, John Ellis on woodwinds, Gary Versace on accordion and Joe Martin on bass, the music of this project is ...

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Worktime, One Step Beyond and Questions

Read "Worktime, One Step Beyond and Questions" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Charenee Wade starts us off offering wisdom, followed by questions posed by Jimmy Raney, Danny Grissett, Kenny Werner, John Ellis & Tal Farlow. Then, a major Sonny Rollins celebration with tracks from his monumental Worktime recording. We've also got a Jazz Times 'Top 50 of all time' alto sax session from Jackie McLean. More? Of course: ...

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Lionel Loueke Group Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Lionel Loueke Group Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Lionel Loueke has gone a long way, from playing to cassette tapes in his native Cotonou, Benin, to performing for president Obama at the White House. He is part of the bands of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and collaborates with the greatest talents of his generation, including Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper.

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Rudy Royston: Flatbed Buggy

Read "Flatbed Buggy" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A veteran rhythm-man whose long list of credits includes work with Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas, Rudy Royston already had a couple releases on Douglas's Greenleaf Music label (303, from 2014, and Rise of Orion (2016), and now Flatbed Buggy continues this promising track record with a winsome set of music that manages to pull off ...


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