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Amir ElSaffar

Amir ElSaffar, trumpeter, composer, singer, and santoor player, is garnering an international reputation for his work, both in the traditional Iraqi Maqam and in jazz music. Described as "one of the important carriers of the Iraqi Maqam tradition" by Maqam master, Hamid al-Saadi, Amir currently leads the only ensemble in the US performing Iraqi Maqam, Safaafir. Amir sings and plays santoor, and is accompanied by traditional instruments, such as the joze (spike fiddle) and tabla. This ensemble has researched ancient practices that have been lost in recent generations, and is now reviving these sounds, continuing the legacy of the great masters of this tradition

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More

Read "Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes a wide array of jazz musicians from the present and recent past including Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Weather Report, Henry Threadgill and Roy Haynes. 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 Sextet of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Amir ElSaffar: In search of ecstasy

Read "Amir ElSaffar: In search of ecstasy" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Amir ElSaffar has spent much of his life in search of the ecstatic moments that help connect to something bigger. In his case, he does this through his relationship with music and culture. Trying to define or even explain what he does is not so simple, even for him. He leads five ensembles and ...

Album

The Other Shore

Label: OutNote Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dhuha; Transformations; Reaching Upward; Ashaa; Concentring; Lighting Flash; March; Medmi (Epilogue).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Esinam, Maurice Louca, Amir ElSaffar, Keshav Batish & More New Releases

Read "Esinam, Maurice Louca, Amir ElSaffar, Keshav Batish & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Around the jazz world in 70 minutes, as we criss-cross from North America to the Caribbean, from West-Africa to Europe, from North-Africa to India and back.Happy listening and enjoy your jazz air-miles!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Dave Holland “The Village" Another land (Edition) 0:16 ...

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Article: Album Review

Hafez Modirzadeh with Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey and Craig Taborn: Facets

Read "Facets" reviewed by Troy Dostert


A rigorous, sometimes imposingly cerebral innovator, tenor saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has dedicated himself since the 1980s to ever more ambitious ways of opening up the Western musical tradition to scrutiny. A particular obsession is the restrictive quality of conventional instrumental tunings, which, as Modirzadeh perceives them, can limit the possibilities available to improvisers and composers alike, ...

Article: Album Review

Jamie Baum: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'interesse di Jamie Baum a integrare nella sua ricerca varie tradizioni musicali orientali trova in questo disco l'espressione più ampia e organica. L'invito a esibirsi nel 2003 e nel 2009 al festival jazz di Kathmandu ha rappresentato per la flautista un'occasione per interagire con musicisti tradizionali nepalesi e indiani, stimolandola ad approfondire le loro musiche. I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New sounds from Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Marker

Read "New sounds from Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Marker" reviewed by Bob Osborne


New albums from Berlin trio Trialogues, Nick Grinder and Ken Vandermark's Marker plus great piano music from William Tatge and selections from Johannes Enders. In between music old and new. Playlist Trialogues “Samarkand" from Trialogues (Edition64) 00:00 Nick Grinder “New and Happy" fromFarallon (OiM Music) 05:18 Marker “Alphaville #2/Trance/Alphaville #1" from New Industries ...

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Article: In Pictures

2019 Hudson Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Hudson Jazz Festival" reviewed by Rudolph Lu


Hudson, New York is a two-hour ride from New York City, an hour away from Albany, and home to the Hudson Jazz Festival. Now in its second year, this year's festival took place from February 17 through February 19, with all performances held in the recently restored Hudson Hall. Day one featured the music ...


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