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Alister Spence

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Alister is recognized as one of Australia’s most original, distinctive contemporary jazz pianists/composers. With a performing and composing career spanning more than 25 years, his wide-ranging talents have led him to perform with and compose for some of the world’s most respected artists in the areas of contemporary music, improvisation, film and theatre. In recent years he has devoted his energy to writing and performing with his trio, The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) on double bass and Toby Hall (formerly with pianist, Mike Nock) drums and glockenspiel. This celebrated group has recorded six CDs (Rufus Records and Alister Spence Music [ASM]) and has a growing international reputation. Their most recent CD, Not Everything But Enough (ASM005, 2017) was listed in Top 10 Jazz Releases 2017, Music Magazine Japan and "Honorary Mention Best of 2017" in New York City Jazz Record

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Bisio, Erik Fratzke, Lisa Ullen & Barber Mouse

Read "Michael Bisio, Erik Fratzke, Lisa Ullen & Barber Mouse" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is packed with music from some terrific new releases you should check out— St. Paul guitarist/bassist Erik Fratzke's Fake Accent, Gordon Grdina's Arabic-flavoured Haram, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, bassist Michael Bisio's excellent Mbefore , and European trios led by Sweden's Lisa Ullén, Germany's Felix Hauptmann, and Italy's Barber Mouse with a novel ...

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The Alister Spence Trio with Ed Kuepper Plus Other New Releases

Read "The Alister Spence Trio with Ed Kuepper Plus Other New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this weeks show there is a focus on recent releases. There is also an Australian jazz-rock supergroup just about to embark their first tour, some classic jazz stylings in a modern setting, brand new work from cutting edge duos and exciting releases from Ricardo Pinzon, Yaniv Taubenhouse and Tony Malaby. Playlist Alister ...

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Tim Berne & Greg Belisle-Chi, Marta Sanchez and Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey

Read "Tim Berne & Greg Belisle-Chi, Marta Sanchez and Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A very mixed bag this time out with samplings from new releases by pianists Matthew Shipp (with drummer Whit Dickey), Australian Alister Spence with some European mates and Marta Sanchez; also new are releases from Tim Berne with guitarist Greg Belisle-Chi and Irish alto player Adam Nolan. You'll also hear music from some very interesting musicians ...

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John Coltrane & New Clean Feed Releases

Read "John Coltrane & New Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


"Acknowledgment" from the new John ColtraneA Love Supreme Live In Seattle highlights this episode of OMJ along with a taste of some excellent new releases from Portugal's Clean Feed Records--Friends & Neighbors, Joao Lencastre & Communion, The Rite Of Trio, and Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble. Also in the Clean Feed batch but played in earlier shows ...

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Paula Shocron, Nendo Dango & Steven Bernstein

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Following up on music by Argentinean pianist, Paula Shocron, led me to Nendo Dango Records, the Buenos Aires label run by Shocron and her partner, drummer Pablo Diaz. This episode features very forward-thinking music from several Nendo Dango releases. There's also more piano from a new recording by Australian Alister Spence and Japan's Satoko Fujii. Their ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea

Read "Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show has a tribute to the great Chick Corea and new releases from here and there: Finland's UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, France's Le Gros Cube led by saxophonist Alban Darche, Australian's Alister Spence Trio augmented by guitarist Ed Kuepper, Canada's See Through 4, another guitarist Jörg Schippa from Germany, and Nate Wooley's Mutual Aid Music. ...

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Alister Spence Trio With Ed Kuepper: Asteroid Ekosystem

Read "Asteroid Ekosystem" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Australian pianist/keyboardist Alister Spence—with his avant-garde credibility established via free-roaming work with his trio and collaborations with pianist/composer/bandleader Satoko Fujii—takes another let's-see-what-happens exploratory step in a collaboration with guitarist Ed Kuepper on the double CD outing, Asteroid Ekosystems, a sonic trek into the extraterrestrial area of space debris between Mars and Jupiter. Or not. ...


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