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Article: From the Inside Out

Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta

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Hermeto Pascoal Planetario Da Gavea Far Out Recordings 2022 Planetario Da Gavea is an enormous, sprawling document from a February 1981 outdoor performance series by Brazilian jazz wizard Hermeto Pascoal recorded under the stars in the Gávea neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, within the dome of ...

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David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg: Mazel Tov Cocktail Party!

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When David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg announced the release of Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! , they included this accompanying statement: “This project riffs off a slip of the tongue by a conservative pundit who called Molotov Cocktails “Mazel Tov" Cocktails. We were tickled by the imagery of a “Mazel Tov Cocktail" lighting up the world with ...

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Jacopo Ferrazza: Fantásia

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Jacopo Ferrazza's imaginative Fantásia opens luminous landscapes for his emotive basslines and Alessandra Diodati's dreamy vocals (in her recording debut) to float and wander over, around, and through. Ferrazza's bass and synthesizers lead an elastic quintet through a suite of soft compositions that reflect his romantic sound, his classical (piano) training, his jazz sense of curiosity ...

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Dave Devine: Played Against The Harmony Of The Real

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Dave Devine's Played Against the Harmony of the Real was recorded live in the studio, with bassist Paul McDaniel and percussionist (and sometimes pianist) Matt Mayhall helping pianist, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Devine paint dreamy sonic landscapes of various moods and hues. Brilliant engineering by Colin Bricker allows your ears to genuinely feel each musician reaching ...

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Alex Bird: You Are the Light and the Way

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You Are the Light and the Way presents an interesting challenge for a writer. Twelve new songs by Canadian vocalist Alex Bird (lyrics and music) and keyboardist Ewan Farncombe (music and arrangements) consistently sound like new “songbook classics"--in several places, as if Harry Connick Jr. magically composed music with Johnny Mercer. Bird, Farncombe and the Jazz ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Bird Songs, Tripping Fantásia, Real Harmony & Klezmer-Hop

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Alex Bird & the Jazz Mavericks You Are the Light and the Way Self-Produced 2021 You Are the Light and the Way presents an interesting challenge for a writer. Twelve new songs by Canadian vocalist Alex Bird (lyrics and music) and keyboardist Ewan Farncombe (music and ...

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Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad's Changing Tides

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During the course of 2021's lockdowns and distancing, music educator and bassist Chris Trinidad began to wonder if technology was bringing people together or keeping people apart. During these reflections, he reengaged with music he had written years earlier, for a release he titled Certain Times (Iridium, 2014). “The compositions on that album were written in ...

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JazzLab Orchestra: Loguslabusmuzikus

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Jazzlab Orchestra has been a fixture on the jazz scene in Canada for nearly two decades. Their unique heavy sound features six brass and reed players with a relatively standard piano, bass and drum rhythm section, and they've captured that sound on several standalone recordings and presented it on more than 300 concert stages across North ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Hartl: "Tales from the Plague"

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Dave Hartl “Tales of the Plague" Self-Produced 2021 Dave Hartl stretches his prowess on keyboards and many other instruments across several different ensembles in and around Philadelphia, PA: A quartet supporting a vocalist, a Linda Ronstadt tribute/review, a jazz-funk group (Musical Collusion, which also includes saxophonist ...

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Bill McBirnie: Forever

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Canada's Bill McBirnie is known around the world for his flute prowess in Latin, pop, jazz and classical music settings. For example, he was personally recruited by Sir James Galway to serve as Resident Jazz Flute Specialist on Galway's official website. McBirnie published The Technique and Theory of Improvisation: A practical guide for flutists, doublers and ...


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