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In a career that spans nearly 30 years, Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as a bassist, composer and band leader. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected. Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall (New York City), Teatro Manzoni (Milan, Italy), Thatro Roberto Cantoral (Mexico City, Mexico), Central Park’s SummerStage (New York, NY), Auditório Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), The Capitol Theater (Salt Lake City, NV), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England). In 2005, 2008 and 2013, Ben was a featured composer, arranger and performer with Jazz Sinfonica, an 80-piece orchestra based in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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England-Italy: A Jazz Re-match, Second Half

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Welcome to the second half of England-Italy, a jazz rematch [for the first half click here]. England and Italy have both championed jazz very early on, and they have been among the first European jazz scenes to develop a recognizable accent in how they speak the jazz language, light-heartedness and sense of humour being integral aspects ...

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England-Italy: A Jazz Re-match, First Half

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A few days ago, England and Italy faced each other in the finals of the European Soccer Cup. It was a compelling match with a nail-biting end between two teams that exceeded expectations and that promise to have a brilliant future. Italy won in a penalty shootout because in sports—especially in the finals of a tournament—there ...

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Cochemea, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, Daniel Freedman & More New Releases

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This week we return to our periodic perusal of new releases, including re-releases from the vault of Black Fire Records (courtesy of the ever vigilant Strut Records), a newly released 1991 live-recording by Miles Davis and the upcoming project by his saxophonist from that band, Kenny Garrett. Speaking of saxophonists, don't miss the gems by electro-saxophonists ...

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Colin Stetson, Ches Smith, Marisa Monte, Evgeny Ponomarev & Other New Releases

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The much-awaited return of Marisa Monte and the faux-Nippo-jazz of Julien Daïan open a show which centers around the outstanding new album by Ches Smith and dives deep into the diversity of today's international jazz scene. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Marisa Monte ...

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Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases

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In the two weeks since our last new releases special, so much great music came to our attention that today we have one of those shows that some define as “all killer, no filler..." except that I don't like to think of music as “killing," but you catch my drift. A special focus on ...

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Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz dedicated to the one and only Geri Allen (click here for Part 1), the monumental pianist who would have turned 65 this year, and has left a body of work that will continue to play a fundamental influence on generations of musicians. Her unique ...

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Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 1

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This week we celebrate the work of pianist Geri Allen whose contribution to the jazz world was cut short too early. The fruits of her legacy, however, have already been evident for some time. There are so many among today's pianists who are in their late 40s, from Jason Moran to Ethan Iverson, from Vijay Iyer ...

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Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 2

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We continue our exploration of great tunes that--for a reason or another--were concealed to great effect but also never received the attention they deserved. We'll try to remedy that focusing on ghost-tracks, and other ghostly jazz. We were supposed to select ten tunes... but there were at least thirteen more, plus a couple more ghost-related tunes. ...

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Best Jazz Ghost Tracks and Other Spectral Jazz, Part 1

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Even if ghost tracks existed well before the invention of the compact disc, they certainly became a less rare occurrence in the era of the silver disc. So, if you belong to the CD-generation, you are certainly familiar with the sense of surprise and joy that comes at the end of an album when, as you ...


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