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The Anansi Trio is a group of like-minded musicians drawing from a wide range of musical influences. Using the language of Jazz as their starting point they also use elements of Afro-Cuban and Indian music as well as other global traditions. Using percussion, saxophones and acoustic bass they create a music that’s unique and experimental yet remains accessible. With a diverse rhythmic approach and a focus on improvisation, The Anansi Trio hopes to put their own stamp on the American legacy known as Jazz. Band Bios Mark Merella is a musician whose versatility on drum set and hand percussion has made him an in demand player for live, studio and educational settings

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Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Royal Krunk Jazz Orch. & Rogue Art

Read "Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Royal Krunk Jazz Orch. & Rogue Art" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The episode is packed with excellent music from new releases: Andrew Cyrille's sublime quartet, three strong and challenging releases from Rogue Art, Steph Richards & Joshua White, William Parker's Mayan Space Station, Angelika Niescier & Alexander Hawkins, and Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra, and much more. Dig in. Playlist Rodrigo Dominguez “Bolero" from ...

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Adam Pieronczyk, Francisco Mela & R.I.P. Jerry Granelli

Read "Adam Pieronczyk, Francisco Mela & R.I.P. Jerry Granelli" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


An intriguing track by saxophonist Adam Pieronczyk on a compilation of Polish jazz artists, 12 or so years back, ushered me into the current Polish scene, and I've been enjoying it since. Adam's latest features guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly. drummer Francisco Mela was mentored by {m: McCoy Tyner}} so he's honouring that important relationship with a three-album ...

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Danilo Gallo, Ernesto Jodos, East Axis & Garfo

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This show is loaded with new releases. My favourite record label, Clean Feed, continually provides excellent music and I dip into the latest batch (read our reviews), sampling new albums by Italian bassist Danilo Gallo & Dry Dark Tears, Lisbon's Garfo and edgy trumpeter Luis Vicente & his trio. ESP-Disk's place in the history of jazz ...

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Anansi Trio: Calling

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The Washington, DC based Anansi Trio create a lot of varying sounds with a deceptively simple lineup of reeds, bass and percussion. Their first album, On The Path (Anansi Trio, 2018), established their approach of mixing jazz and world rhythms based around the intricate sound of Mark Merella's combination trap drum and conga setup. This second ...

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Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes

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Improvisation is the core of clarinetist Ben Goldberg's Good Day For Cloud Fishing, and not just the music. His fascination with poet Dean Young's work led to the creation of this album where the trio of Goldberg, Nels Cline and Ron Miles improvised upon a musical sketch that Goldberg wrote based upon one of Young's poems. ...

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Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More

Read "Avram Fefer, Harris Eisenstadt, Satoko Fujii & Joe Fonda and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


You can always count on Clean Feed Records for great music, and this episode features some tunes from recent releases on the Portuguese label's catalogue. Saxophonist Avram Fefer adds Marc Ribot to his usual trio and the results on Testament are fantastic. Pianist Zack Clarke steps back to a traditional piano trio format, but the music ...

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Kevin Sun, Roadworks, Anansi Trio and More

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Saxophonists are all over this episode. Australia's Julien Wilson provides two different settings to display his formidable talents, and so does New York's Kevin Sun. Swiss alto player Christoph Gallio made his One Man's Jazz debut with his trio, Day & Taxi, but this time he's back with a larger and freer ensemble, Roadworks. You'll hear ...

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On The Path

Label: Anansi Trio
Released: 2018
Track listing: Intrusive Thoughts; The Royal We; Un Poco Loco; Odessa; Freaks; On The Path; Altogether; Turnaround; Africa; Bipolarity.

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Anansi Trio: On The Path

Read "On The Path" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The concept of a sax-bass-drums trio is not a new one, but Washington, DC's Anansi Trio puts a new twist on the idea through Mark Merella playing what he calls a hybrid drum kit, incorporating conga drums, cymbals and parts of a trap drum set. This adds extra measures of bounce and groove to his playing ...


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