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Ben Allison

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. 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

Hypocrisy Democracy

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Knit Wit; Justice; It's Nothing New; Dilemonk; Coffee, Dogs, And Telelogs; It's a Small World; Freedom; Glee For Lee; Revolver; Deep Dark, Minor Madness.

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Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 2

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Stevie Wonder has often infused his performances with compelling renditions of jazz standards like Miles' “All Blues" or Coltrane's “Giant Steps." In return, countless jazz musicians have looked into his Songbook for compositions that would provide them with a fertile ground for their own explorations. In the second part of our “Stevie @70" ...

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Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 1

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Stevie Wonder has more entries in the Real Book than any other pop musician, The Beatles included. It is not surprising therefore that his Songbook has been mined by hundreds of jazz musicians, including the likes of Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon or Herbie Hancock. To mark the 70th birthday of ...

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Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More

Read "Otis Sandsjö, Pablo Ablanedo, Webber/Morris Big Band and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases [for the first part click here] with the great return of master arranger Pablo Ablanedo, the new single by Swedish saxophonist and flutist Otis Sandsjö, two new projects by the prolific oud and guitarist Gordon Grdina, and saxophones in solo, duo, trio and quartet settings. ...

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Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases

Read "Chad Taylor, Nduduzo Makhathini, Aka Moon, Matt Wilson and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases [for the first part ]. Here we focus on the new works of drummers Chad Taylor, with his trio and in the duo with James Brandon Lewis and Matt Wilson, the global jazz of the cult band Aka Moon and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini... ...

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Majel Connery, Omer Avital, Nick Cave, Vijay Iyer and More New Releases

Read "Majel Connery, Omer Avital, Nick Cave, Vijay Iyer and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we go through another delicious stash of new and upcoming releases, many of them launched on Bandcamp on 1 May for the 'waived fee' events the website is promoting every first Friday of the month to support musicians in the time of Covid19. The cherry on top? The much anticipated first single, sung by ...

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Sophie Alour, Aaron Parks, Sarah Murcia, UR-Kestra and Other New Releases

Read "Sophie Alour, Aaron Parks, Sarah Murcia, UR-Kestra and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Plenty of European jazz on this week's show, with a special focus on the French scene and the mighty Convervatorium von Amsterdam Concert Big Band's new album. Also featured the great new releases by Aaron Parks and by Jason Palmer as well as the debut EP of the promising young quartet featuring Maya Keren, Camila Nebbia, ...

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Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel, Thana Alexa, John Zorn, John Scofield and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our weekly exploration of brand new releases, with a special focus on guitar-centric albums [for the first part click here]. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme (Self-released) 0:00 Rob Luft “Life Is the Dancer" Life is the Dancer (Edition) 0:16 Host Talks Wolfgang ...

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Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Luciana Souza, Dave Douglas & Other New Releases

Read "Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Luciana Souza, Dave Douglas & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may be in lock-down mode but oustading jazz releases keep coming out as if nothing were of the COVID and the social distancing, bringing us much needed relief. One more reason to pay tribute to today's artists and to encourage everyone to support the music scene by purchasing music directly from the musicians and labels ...


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