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Penetrate the world of modern jazz, improvisation and composition today and you will find one of its most stimulating and innovative artists. Russ Lossing is drawing attention for his unique vision, deep integrity, and thoughtfully humanistic voice. He is known for his examining musicality. Lossing is a provocative and fresh leader in creating alternatives to long held conceptions in music. His individual voice, as a player and composer, is sought out as an authority in the jazz and avant-garde fields emerging in music today. Participation in Lossing's work is an elegant conversation: a counter point involving listener, musician and composer equally

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Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More

Read "Christian McBride, Matana Roberts, Chicago Underground Quartet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Each of February's shows will have some music recognizing Black History Month. The selected recording for 2020 is The Movement Revisited--A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Christian McBride's epic, and you'll hear tunes from the album each week. This show also features Matana Roberts and Coin Coin Chapter IV -Memphis. The Chicago Underground Quartet is back ...

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Favourite Releases of 2019

Read "Favourite Releases of 2019" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode features some of my favourite recordings released in 2019, chosen from a year of some pretty damn fine music. It always seems that I tend toward bassist-led sessions, and that's the case again, with great recordings from Carlos Bica, Torbjorn Zetterberg and the Miles Perkin Quartet for starters. As well, more women artists appear ...

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Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes

Read "Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Improvisation is the core of clarinetist Ben Goldberg's Good Day For Cloud Fishing, and not just the music. His fascination with poet Dean Young's work led to the creation of this album where the trio of Goldberg, Nels Cline and Ron Miles improvised upon a musical sketch that Goldberg wrote based upon one of Young's poems. ...

The Ways

Label: Hat Hut Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Passageway; Breezeway; Causeway; Archway; Skyway; Byway; Away; Way.

Motian Music

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Asia; Abacus; Fiasco; Introduction; Boomerang; Dance; Etude; Mumbo Jumbo; Jack Of Clubs; Psalm.

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Steve Swell, Ziv Taubenfeld & Ivo Perelman

Read "Steve Swell, Ziv Taubenfeld & Ivo Perelman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode carries on from the previous, playing music from a some of the important independent labels that keep creative music alive. ESP-Disk has been around, survived one crash in the 80s, and is still releasing great music. Son Of Local Colour is a 50-year-later follow up to English pianist Peter Lemer's original Local Colour album ...

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Russ Lossing Trio: The Ways

Read "The Ways" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Russ Lossing Trio should record more. Ways, which follows the excellent Oracle (hatOLOGY, 2011), is just the second recording this longstanding trio has released. More music from them would allow fans to study the development of the chemistry between Lossing, bassist Masa Kamaguchi, and drummer Billy Mintz. The instantaneous telepathy between piano, bass, ...

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Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton

Read "Gordon Grdina, Karl Berger & Jason Kao Hwang, Byron Asher & Colin Hinton" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vancouver's Gordon Grdina is masterfully adept at guitar and oud, so that flexibility leads to many possibilities for playing opportunities, from jazz and improv settings to his world music group, Haram. This episode finds Grdina opening things up with music from two very recent recordings: Skin and Bones (with Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias) and Cooper's ...

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Russ Lossing: Motian Music

Read "Motian Music" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nato a Columbus, Ohio, nel 1960, Russ Lossing è un pianista che, anche proprio per anzianità di servizio, meriterebbe certo maggior fama di quella di cui gode. Influenzato dal lessico jazzistico come dai vari Bartok, Schönberg e John Cage (col quale ha anche intrattenuto un sia pur fugace rapporto personale), Lossing ha suonato con gente importante, ...


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