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Becca Stevens

Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I as inspiration for a commission to write a concert of new music, which expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego. As for her muse for the album, Stevens explains, “Regina is like an alter ego, or an imaginary friend

Album

Jacob’s Ladder

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: -maybe as his skies are wide-; Herr und Knecht (Master and Slave); (Entr'acte) Glam Perfume; Cogs in Cogs, pt. 1: Dance; Cogs in Cogs, Pt. II: Song; Cogs in Cogs, Pt. III: Double Fugue; Tom Sawyer; Vou correndo te encontrar / Racecar; Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. I: Liturgy; Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. II: Song; Jacob’s Ladder, Pt. III: Ladder; Heaven: I. All Once – II. Life Seeker – III. Würm – IV. Epilogue: It Was a Dream but I Carry It Still.

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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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News: Performance / Tour

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Pianist/Composer Jesse Fischer Announces West Coast And London Dates

Brooklyn-based pianist to follow up successful Jazz Road tour of the Midwest in 2021 with three West Coast dates and a London headline debut, performing music from Resilience (2020) and Flipped II (2018). Performance dates will coincide with the release of em>Resilience (Recharged), a newly remixed and reimagined version of the title track of Resilience, with ...

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Article: Six Picks

March 2022

Read "March 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Jun MiyakeWhispered Garden Enja Records / Yellowbird Records 2022 Leaving the hazy Lost Memory Theatre (Enja, 2013, 2015, 2018) behind and moving on to the equally shrouded Whispered Garden, Paris-based trumpeter, composer and sound-architect Jun Miyake introduces us to a musical magnum-creation, his newest, that seems to encompass everything from ...

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Musician

Cara Dineen

"A very special voice... the lady that can sing" -Dee Dee Bridgewater 'Anomalous Chanteuse' Cara Dineen is a multi-faceted performer, vocalist, and composer. She made quite a stir over the past decade, performing with her two bands: The Brooklyn Sugar Stompers (traditional early "hot jazz" & blues) and jazz/pop mashup band BELLATONIC throughout the NYC- Metro area and beyond. After graduating Summa Cum Laude and obtaining her B.M. in vocal performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2009, she moved to New York where she and her bands were selected to perform for a multitude of high-profile event clients including: SpaceX, Coco Chanel, GQ Magazine, and the NYC Viennese Opera Ball, among many others

Album

What to Wear in the Dark

Label: Resilience Music Alliance
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dancing In The Dark; Barrytown; Both Sides Now; God Moves on the City; 59th St Bridge Song (w/intro from Hal Galper's A Touring Musician); Desperado; Anthem; On The Road to Find Out; Here Comes The Sun; It Happens All The Time In Heaven.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music of 2021

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music of 2021" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


2020 was a disaster and 2021 was less than a beacon of hope. COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror but closer than it appears. The political clown cars are over capacity, still running on fossil fuel and spilling occupants into the drinking water. That said, jazz and creative music flourished in ways that could make us ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases

Read "Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We open with tributes to three artists that passed in the past few days, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse and Franco Cerri, before delving into new releases ranging from the straight-ahead hard-hitting energy of Pete Rodriguez to the sound (and silence) explorations of Ayumi Tanaka and her Trio.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...


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