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Ambrose Akinmusire

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Ambrose's conceptual extension into a new musical language is never to the exclusion of beauty. As one who listens intently, he values the fertility of a pause, of communication, of tension. Ambrose began conceptualizing early as a musician, theorizing and experimenting as a catalyst for development. He seeks other genres of music to analyze and expose, drawing inspiration from such musicians as Bjork and Chopin. Ambrose’s music restructures accepted notions of jazz in a way that reflects his ability to recognize nuances, multiplicities, and patterns. First playing piano at the age of three, his familiarity with music began long before putting his mouth to a trumpet

Album

Stand Art

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: De-Dah; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; All The Things You Are; Big Foot; When A Woman Loves A Man; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; I Should Care; Invasion During An Operetta; Laura.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

Read "Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players" reviewed by Leo Sidran


From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...

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Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty: Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty: Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century Phil Freeman 250 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78904 632 8 ZerO Books 2022 There is a scene in Douglas Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Pan Books, 1979) where a computer named Deep Thought is about to reveal the answer ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Singers: Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More

Read "Singers:  Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features vocalists as both band leaders and featured performers with other musicians. In the first category, there are Fay Victor and Anita O'Day among others. In the second, we have Kurt Elling with the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Becca Stevens with Ambrose Akinmusire plus several more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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Article: Album Review

Tigran Hamasyan: Stand Art

Read "Stand Art" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Many jazz pianists start out by playing tunes from the standard pop and jazz repertoires before tackling their own compositions. Tigran Hamasyan has gone in the opposite direction. He has been recording original works and traditional Armenian songs since 2005. Now, on his eleventh album, he finally gets around to playing American standards. Hamasyan ...

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Article: Six Picks

April 2022

Read "April 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Remboato Remboato Nagalu 2022 After pianist Koichi Sato's Embryo—praised in a recent Six Picks issue not only for its musical excellence but also for the elaborate packaging and presentation that Shinya Fukumori's Nagalu label offers— Remboato is the Japanese label's second outing of the year and features a remarkable acoustic ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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Article: Live Review

Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver at The Bop Stop

Read "Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver at The Bop Stop" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver Bop Stop jny:Cleveland, Ohio March 20, 2022 With a distinguished resume that includes his 2007 wins in both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire still finds himself traveling under the radar ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK, Cecile McLorin Salvant and, well, much more

Read "Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK, Cecile McLorin Salvant and, well, much more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a smokin' Shirley Scott side plus a tribute to McCoy Tyner. We'll spin tracks from modern jazz luminaries Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis and Gerald Cleaver who are touring as Treefoil. Then, we'll hear arrangers Neal Hefti, Ralph Berns and Dizzy Gillespie in action, and finally new works from Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melissa Aldana, Punkt. ...


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