I would never presume to know enough about music to compare two of the most brilliant pianists in jazz today: Matt Mitchell and Satoko Fujii. Feel free to go ahead and do that yourself. All I'll say is that they are both amazing and worthy of all the recognition that comes their way. Each has a new recording out and those get sampled in this episode. Mitchell's Phalanx Ambassador is as complicated and challenging (for his musicians as well as listeners) as any of his previous work, while Fujii finds, as she usually does, the sweet spot in her heart to convey emotion and power. Her Stone explores whether we still hear music in our minds after going deaf.
Other new releases come from the powerhouse Angles 9 and mellower but still deep Here's to Us, both from Sweden, Pneuma (voice and clarinets) and bass clarinetist Aaron Novik. All of that surrounded by a lot of other great music. Enjoy!
Milton Man Gogh "Doo Rocks" from XXXX Bitter Irony (Self-released) 00:00
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