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Article: Record Label Profile

We Jazz Records: Finland's indie label shaking up the global conversation

Read "We Jazz Records: Finland's indie label shaking up the global conversation" reviewed by Rob Garratt


The past decade's genre-bending jazz renaissance has been well-documented, but between the trailblazing players taking improvised music to increasingly hip places, and the ever-growing audience queuing up to hear them, sits the homegrown labels bottling these brave, thrilling (r)evolutions for all to hear. In conversations about the state of jazz today, it's often easier to distil ...

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Article: Interview

Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics

Read "Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


At 39, Seun Kuti is many things. Singer-songwriter. Band leader. Saxophone and keyboard player. Father, husband. Politically active Nigerian citizen. Social critic and community leader. He is married to Yetunde George Ademiluyi and has a daughter Adara, who was born in 2013. Seun is the youngest son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his wife ...

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Article: Book Review

Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972

Read "Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in Kansas City 1964-1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 266 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-57441-823-1 University of North Texas Press 2021 Although Pat Metheny is in many aspects a global citizen, he is first and foremost a native of Missouri. His midwestern-American background and influences appear in ...

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Article: Album Review

Leon Lee Dorsey: Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Read "Thank You Mr. Mabern!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


He's studied classical double bass with Ron Carter and he's played alongside many of our most revered, among them Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, andCassandra Wilson. Still, bassist/composer/arrangerLeon Lee Dorsey's name doesn't roll off everyone lips when discussing the top ranks of today's foremost, fearless bassists. But here's breaking news: Dorsey's got himself one hell of a ...

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Article: Interview

Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone

Read "Hal Galper: Adventures In The Zone" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The career of Hal Galper has earned the pianist acclaim as both a performer and educator. Perhaps most importantly, it has drawn attention to his contributions to the music as a true innovator. While other pianists of his era gained more recognition, Galper sought out a career path where acclaim would be genuine among his peers ...

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Article: Album Review

Jay Thomas Quartet: Upside

Read "Upside" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Seattle-based musician Jay Thomas may be considered the oddest of ducks in the jazz universe. By that, I am referring to his fierce musicality expressed both on trumpet and saxophone, as well as most members of the brass and woodwind families. Inspired early in his career by the like minded veteran Ira Sullivan, Thomas in a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tomas Janzon, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum and More

Read "Tomas Janzon, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The focus of this hour is on three musicians that have new music charting well, along with the musicians that inspired them. First, we have guitarist Tomas Janzen followed by music from Charlie Parker. Secondly, we have pianist Jen Allen and music from her mentor Jackie McLean. Finally, we profile Indianapolis-based saxophonist Amanda Gardier followed by ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It was this dozen plus of recordings, among many that deserve mention, that gratefully, again and again and again, pulled my attention away from binge watching the destruction of our cherished, yet all too vulnerable democracy. These are the recordings of 2019 that made it evident that we all need to remain vigilant and engaged, or ...

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Article: Jazzin' Around Europe

Recollections of an Oslo experience

Read "Recollections of an Oslo experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Oslo has its week-long Jazz Festival taking place in mid-August at Sentralen and various locations from bar to church to opera house and university auditorium in the Norwegian capital. This already indicates something of the variety of the presented music. This year's edition has been the last one under the thirteen-year aegis of bassist and festival ...

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Article: Album Review

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley: Swingin' In Seattle, Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967

Read "Swingin' In Seattle, Live At The Penthouse 1966-1967" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and his merry men--brother/cornetist Nat Adderley, bassist Victor Gaskin, backbeat king drummer Roy McCurdy and bursting-at-the-seams-with-new-ideas pianist Joe Zawinul--were having themselves a high time during 1966-67, that Renaissance time of adventure between Cecil Taylor's Unit Structures (Blue Note, 1966), Miles Smiles (Columbia, 1967) and the colorful, imagination emancipations of Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts ...


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