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Ben Monder

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A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Billy Childs, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, and Marshall Crenshaw. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album, "Blackstar". Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world, and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU and the New School. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014, and a Shifting Foundation grant in 2013. Ben continues to perform original music internationally in solo and trio settings, and in a long standing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann

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Odd Wisdom

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Clave Tune; Domingo; Conversation With Myself; Robotic Night; Mi Cosmos; Space; Away; De Madrugada; Easter in Puglia; Blue Monk.

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Live At The 55 Bar

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Suite 3320—Part I; Suite 3320—Part II; Suite 3320—Part III.

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Article: Album Review

Diego Pinera: Odd Wisdom

Read "Odd Wisdom" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


In certain musical occasions the essence of time is more vividly pronounced than others. That equation is often pronounced clearly in the technique of how a drummer applies various rhythms, and the resulting effect those metrics have on a song or project. Drummer Diego Pinera is a widely travelled percussionist from Uruguay, currently based ...

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Great New Guitar Music

Read "Great New Guitar Music" reviewed by Bob Osborne


It's all about guitars on this show with fantastic new albums featuring six strings. Thumbscrew return with their sixth album and Mary Halvorson is continually inventive with her approach to the instrument in a jazz context. There's also a debut from Mike Freedman, ground breaking sounds from Johnathan Kane and Dave Soldier, and the New York ...

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Kristiana Roemer: House of Mirrors

Read "House of Mirrors" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Kristiana Roemer is a young German singer whose voice has a lilt and plush texture reminiscent of Annette Peacock. On this, her first album, she uses her intriguing sound in the service of both conventional jazz tunes and floating, airy pieces which border on art songs. Most of the material here is her own writing, though ...

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Article: Radio

Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists

Read "Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Deconstructing one of the original deconstructers of jazz, Thelonious Monk, is no easy task, but the Italian duo of trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli do exactly that on their new album Deconstructing Monk In Africa. It's one of the more unusual releases of late; you'll hear an excerpt from their extended work. Monk is ...

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Lara Solnicki: The One And The Other

Read "The One And The Other" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Among feelings are nervousness and anxiety. While synonymous in any thesaurus, the two words differ in the same way that thankfulness and gratitude differ, that is, in focus. Nervousness and thankfulness often have no focus, no definite object creating them. Anxiety and gratitude are those feelings, those reactions to the specific. Something clearly gives rise to ...

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Nathan Clevenger, Paulina Porszke & Emanuele Parrini

Read "Nathan Clevenger, Paulina Porszke & Emanuele Parrini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Several new artists pop up in this episode inclduing guitarist Nathan Clevenger from California, Polish pianist Paulina Porszke, English duo Gus Garside and Hervé Perez, and French pianist Loïc Dequidt now living in Sweden. Italian violinist Emanuele Parrini's new album, Digging (Reflections On Jazz And Blues) is ear-opening. Lots of good stuff for you as well, ...

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Julia Karosi: Without Dimensions

Read "Without Dimensions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Julia Karosi is a Hungarian vocalist and composer who, in this set, leads her group through sparkling music steeped in the traditions of her country's folk music and two of its most prominent 20th century composers, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. She interprets the work of both men as well as playing her own original music. ...


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