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Brian Blade

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"I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa's wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn't understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity." Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer, guitarist and songwriter: Mama Rosa is a revealing journey through thirteen songs about family, loved ones, travels and a sense that these things that shape and inspire us have to be shared with others to complete a circle

Album

The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD1: Defiant, Tender Warrior; The Lonely One; Monk’s Dance; The Water Is Rising; Late Bloom; Booker’s Garden; The Ghost of Lady Day; The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow; Beyond Darkness. CD2: Sky Valley, Spirit of the Forest; Balm In Gilead; Lift Every Voice and Sing; When the Sun Comes Up, Darkness Is Gone; Cape to Cairo; Defiant, Reprise; Homeward Dove.

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Eagle's Point

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Dream Of Home; Cloud Message; Indigo Ildiko; Eagle’s Point; Aria For Anna; Other Plans; Malaga Moon; Horizon Dance.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chris Potter, Lee Konitz, Ben Patterson and Stephen Phillip Harvey

Read "Chris Potter, Lee Konitz, Ben Patterson and Stephen Phillip Harvey" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 855th Episode of Neon Jazz with composer Stephen Phillip Harvey and the title track from his live album Elemental. From there, we feature new music from Win Pongsakorn, Meg Okra, Ben Patterson and Andrea Wolper. We also hear from the late Ron Miles and music from a decade-old live concert in Colorado. We ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Meg Okura

Read "Take Five with Meg Okura" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Meg Okura Hailed as “the queen of chamber jazz (All About Jazz)," Tokyo-native Meg Okura is a Grammy-nominated jazz composer and violinist based in New York, known for her music praised by The New York Times as “grandiloquent beauty that transitions easily from grooves to big cascades to buoyant swing." Ms. Okura leads her 10-piece ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2024

Read "Big Ears Festival 2024" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 21-24, 2024 After last year's triumphant tenth anniversary, the festival returned with the slogan “The adventure continues." The iconic and influential Nonesuch Records' 60th anniversary was celebrated with performances by Brad Mehldau, Caroline Shaw, Darcy James Argue, Mary Halvorson, Davóne Tines, Sam Amidon, Hurray for the ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Lloyd: The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow

Read "The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow" reviewed by Chris May


Those of us who were going to jazz festivals in summer 1966, and were lucky enough to catch the Charles Lloyd Quartet, will likely have one tune in particular imprinted on our memories. That was because “Forest Flower" so precisely reflected the acid-drenched zeitgeist blossoming in Europe and the US. Lloyd, Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Charles Lloyd: Defiant Warrior Still On Song

Read "Charles Lloyd: Defiant Warrior Still On Song" reviewed by Chris May


As fool's errands go, few compare with selecting a Top Ten Albums collection from Charles Lloyd's extensive top-drawer output. But here goes. Lloyd newbies could consider the list a launch pad, and seasoned fans can compare the choices with their own... Anyone going to jazz festivals in summer 1966, and lucky enough to ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Lloyd: The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow

Read "The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


For a long, grateful while now the music of Charles Lloyd has rippled out from that rarified space where the ego does not prevail. A pool of depth and wonder which culminates in one masterful artwork after another, for example Wild Man Dance (Blue Note, 2015) and 8: Kindred Spirits Live from the Lobero Theater (Blue ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Potter: Eagle's Point

Read "Eagle's Point" reviewed by Chris May


The question that comes to mind after listening to Eagle's Point is this: why have the four musicians, who have known each other since the 1990s, never recorded together before? For the combination of Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci and Brian Blade is a real meeting of minds; the stars are in perfect alignment.


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