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Bill O'Connell

After a 40-year long career that has seen him excel as a leader, soloist, arranger, musical director, and accompanist for some of the most celebrated names in jazz and Latin music, Bill O’Connell can lay claim to a track record of challenging and artistic-diverse triumphs that few of his peers can match. As a recording artist, his 13 dates as a leader have drawn universal critical acclaim while his talents as a pianist and arranger have been tapped by a diverse range of noted soloists to elevate their sessions. Today, as both a respected educator and leader of The Latin Jazz All-Stars, O’Connell’s professional life brims with new opportunities to express and fulfill his singular music vision. O’Connell was born in New York City on August 22, 1953

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The Latin Side of Mingus

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gunslinging Bird" (Originally titled "If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats") Boogie Stop Shuffle; No Dejes Que Pase Aqui Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Hora Decubitus; Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love; All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother; Better Get Hit In Your Soul.

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A Change Is Gonna Come

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Moment’s Notice; Loco-Motive; Covid Blues; A Change Is Gonna Come; Sun for Sonny; Enough Is Enough; Sweet Peanut; A Prayer for Us; Chaos; My Foolish Heart.

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Evolution

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: What’s Up; Decimation of Transformation; Qingauiit; The Hut Song; Child of the Earth; The Unraveling of it All; Ko Ribon; Being With What Is.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 1

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Since 2022 has been barreling down at breakneck speed... it's July already, which is actually the perfect moment to take stock of what the first half of the year had to offer to jazz fans. Please enjoy some of the tunes that have brought us most delight during the first six months of the year!

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roxy Coss, Deadeye, Gilad Hekselman, Johannes Wallmann & More New Releases

Read "Roxy Coss, Deadeye, Gilad Hekselman, Johannes Wallmann & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we focus on new and upcoming albums featuring emerging guitarists like Reinier Baas and Gilad Hekselman, electro-acoustic projects and more... Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Johannes Wallmann “Precarious Towers" Precarious Towers (Shifting Paragdim) 0:16 Host talks 5:34 Bill O'Connell “Enough Is ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrea Brachfeld & Insight: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Andrea Brachfeld's may not be a household name, the versatile flutist and composer has been a well-established and respected presence on New York City's jazz and Afro-Cuban scenes since around 1970. On Evolution, her tenth recording as leader, Brachfeld delves musically into children's issues “and the ongoing need [for] basic necessities even in the best ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrea Brachfeld: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Andrea Brachfeld is a critically acclaimed flutist, composer and educator. She has won multiple awards, including a grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and was once recognized as the best jazz flutist by Hot House magazine. Evolution features Brachfeld's longtime collaborators Bill O'Connell (piano), Harvie S (bass) and Jason Tiemann (drums). ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pop Goes the Jazzbo

Read "Pop Goes the Jazzbo" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


"Going Pop" can mean many different things where jazz musicians are concerned, from adding electricity (dang it, Miles, why you do that?), to covering pop songs, to actually experimenting with writing pop songs (not too many take this path and few emerge unscathed). And then there's rare jazzer combining jazz and pop songs, as you'll soon ...

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:37


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