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Ben Goldberg

Clarinetist / Composer Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. In addition to composing for and playing in the Ben Goldberg Quintet, he currently performs in the following groups: Tin Hat; plays monk, a trio with Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; Nels Cline’s New Monastery; and Go Home, a new quartet with Charlie Hunter, Ron Miles, and Scott Amendola. The 11- piece Ben Goldberg's Brainchild performs Ben's on-the-spot compositions

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 2

Read "Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Celebrated for his distinctive voice on trumpet and cornet, elegant and timeless, Ron Miles was equally at ease with classical music, jazz tradition as well as with more out there experimentations. Here we feature a wide range of projects he lead, co-lead or guested on. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 1

Read "Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Ron Miles was a jazz hypnotist who would lure his listeners into his music world, taking them to another dimension and gently dropping them back on earth at the end of his concerts, or albums, leaving them wondering... “what did just happen...? And how did I get here?" A few days back he passed ...

Album

Studio Sessions Vol. 10

Label: Gaucimusic
Released: 2021
Track listing: Improvisation #1; Improvisation #2; Improvisation #3; Improvisation #4; Improvisation #5; Improvisation #6; Improvisation #7.

Album

Everything Happens To Be.

Label: BAG Production
Released: 2021
Track listing: What About; 21; Fred Hampton; Everything Happens To Be.; Cold Weather; Chorale Type; Tomas Plays the Drums; Long Last Moment; To-Ron-To; Abide With Me

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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: Album Review

Ben Goldberg: Everything Happens To Be.

Read "Everything Happens To Be." reviewed by Jerome Wilson


If you do not listen too closely, there are parts of this download-only release that sound soothing and gentle. That is not really the case and that is the fun part of this music. When the reed players play a pretty or swinging melody line, there is always some irritant factor elsewhere in the band to ...

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Article: Live Review

Other Minds 25, Day 2

Read "Other Minds 25, Day 2" reviewed by John Chacona


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Taube Atrium Theater Other Minds Festival San Francisco, CA October 15, 2021 There are festivals for which centering the social aspect of music is the point of the exercise. Conceived, as founder Charles Amirkhanian put it in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Henry Threadgill's Zooid, New No Business Releases & Christopher Parker

Read "Henry Threadgill's Zooid, New No Business Releases & Christopher Parker" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Two of the giants of the saxophone are featured in this episode of OMJ: Henry Threadgill and his longest-running band Zooid (he plays more with this band than others) and the late, great Sam Rivers from his archive of unrecorded music released by NoBusiness Records. Rivers leads one of his not-too-common guitar quartets. Also from NoBusiness ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Terence Blanchard, John Ellis, Ben Goldberg, Becca Stevens & Other New Releases

Read "Terence Blanchard, John Ellis, Ben Goldberg, Becca Stevens & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two beautiful and diverse renditions of Nefertiti-era Wayne Shorter, two exciting new albums featuring John Ellis, yet another surprise from Becca Stevens and much more in the second part of this week's edition focusing on recent and upcoming releases.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 John ...


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