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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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Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More

Read "Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Is it too early to choose a “best-of" for 2020. I know it's only January, but drummer Jim Black has released an absolute killer of an album with pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan that is an outstanding piece of work. Reckon came out on the Intakt label from Switzerland in January, so be on ...

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Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes

Read "Tower Jazz Composers Orch. & Daniel Bernardes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

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. ...

Good Day For Cloud Fishing

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Demonic Possession is 9/10ths The Law; Parthenogenesis; Phantom Pains; A Rhythmia; Corpse Pose; Because She Missed A Test, She Introduced Me to Her Son; Reality; Sub Club Punch Card; Ant-Head Sutures; Someone Has To Be Lowered Into The Whale Skull For The Ambergris; Surprised Again By Rain; An Ordinary Day Somewhere.

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Ben Goldberg: Good Day For Cloud Fishing

Read "Good Day For Cloud Fishing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Poetry and jazz, jazz and poetry, which came first? Ben Goldberg poses that same question with Good Day For Cloud Fishing. His answer to the philosophical 'chicken or the egg' riddle is well, both. Sure, Homer wrote the Iliad centuries before King Oliver put cornet to lips, but damn if there wasn't some gutbucket rhyming to ...

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Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases

Read "Michael Leonhart, Rava, Lovano, Zappa & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From previously unreleased recordings of Frank Zappa to the much-anticipated new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra and the exciting collaboration between Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano, this week we delve into another stash of really exciting new releases. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...

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20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

Read "20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There is a treasure-trove of jazz gems away from the usual labels, venues, websites... one has just to look around and search for it. This week we feature bands whose quality may have not been matched by their international commercial success... but that's often the curse of excellent music that goes off the beaten path. Since ...

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Brandee Younger, Alexi Tuomarila, Fabian Almazan & More New Jazz

Read "Brandee Younger, Alexi Tuomarila, Fabian Almazan & More New Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From tributes to past masters to new perspectives, acoustic to electronic, the new and upcoming releases we play this week show the wide-range of today's creative scene. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Brandee Younger “Games" Soul Awakening (Self-released) 0:17 Host talks 5:54 ...

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf

Read "Glitter Wolf" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Some jazz musicians dare you to follow them to the rarefied realm of their imagination, where you might discover paradise, or you might get lost in a forest of abstraction. Allison Miller says, “Hey, let's take a ride!" then revs the engine and takes you on a grand tour of a carnival of sounds. A masterful ...

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Allison Miller is regarded as one of the leading jazz drummers of today. With her Boom Tic Boom 'family' she presents her latest album Glitter Wolf, described by the band itself as 'a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer and Jazz Messengers.' American jazz magazine Downbeat includes her in the top ...


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