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Alex Beltran

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Rift

Label: Calligram Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Lulu; Bird Dance; Sub Rosa; Frequency; Fragments; Jay; The River Will Decide; Rift.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hank Roberts, Charles Lloyd, and Robert Wyatt

Read "Hank Roberts, Charles Lloyd, and Robert Wyatt" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This episode includes fresh sounds from Hank Roberts and Robert Wyatt, Swing-era jazz performed by Air and Benny Goodman, and vocals by Kosi and Patty Carpenter. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Bill Cunliffe “Afluencia" ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Beltran: Rift

Read "Rift" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Chicago-based saxophonist Alex Beltran delivers a tour de force with Rift, an exploration of identity in a musical form. Beltran, who grew up in two distinct cultural spheres, those of his Latino father and his white mother, describes in the liner notes how he never fit with either side of the family. This became a source ...

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Expectation & Experience

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Expectation; J.C. Jones; Empty Shelf; Quiet House; The Great Divide; Feeling Remote; Breathe; A Change of Climate; Alternative Facts; Every Day Is Monday; No Peace Without Justice; The Show Can’t Go On; Empty Stage; Six Hundred; Lockdown; The New Abnormal; Experience.

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Article: Album Review

Shawn Maxwell: Expectation & Experience

Read "Expectation & Experience" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Expectation & Experience, his tenth recording as a leader, Chicago-based woodwind specialist Shawn Maxwell is accompanied by almost thirty musicians—but never by more than three on any of its seventeen tracks. Maxwell says the compositions were written during the global Covid-19 pandemic, and the musicians were mustered singly, most in their own homes. While each ...

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Midnight Stroll

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Midnight Stroll; Circuit Breaker; With the Best Intentions; Finally Done Doin’ It; Ladybug Bridge; Mr. Roads; Blueberry; Starting Point; Swingin’ a Yarn.

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Article: Album Review

Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra: Midnight Stroll

Read "Midnight Stroll" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One can only imagine how difficult it must be, especially in such uncertain times, for any musician to decide that the time has come to assemble a big band and usher it into a recording studio, let alone one whose name and reputation are, more than likely, scarcely known outside his own neighborhood. Thumbing his nose ...


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