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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

Read "Take Five with Matthew Muñeses" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, ...

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Constellation

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues; Stormy Monday; Rich Man Blues; There Is Something on Your Mind; Your Love; Turn Me On; I Can't Make You Love Me; The Thrill Is Gone; This Bitter Earth; Path of the Mystic.

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Daqa'iq Tudaiq

Label: Constellation
Released: 2018
Track listing: Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 1); Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 2); Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 3); Wa Ta'atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 4); Bein Ithnein; Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab; Layali Al-Rast.

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Article: Album Review

Jerusalem In My Heart: Daqa'iq Tudaiq

Read "Daqa'iq Tudaiq" reviewed by James Fleming


In a thrilling juxtaposition, the record's jagged synthesisers clash with its rolling rhythms. As the beats' hypnotic loops lure in the unwary the electronics buzz and chatter like insects at sundown. The swarming, shimmering sounds of evening's approach. On Daqa'iq Tudaiq (Constellation Records, 2018) Jerusalem In My Heart hold the avant-garde up to the Arabian twilight. ...

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News: Recording

Sonny Stitt: Tune-Up!

Sonny Stitt: Tune-Up!

Back in 1971, when I began to listen steadily to jazz, I was nuts about an album that had come out that year by Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons called You Talk That Talk. I was a freshman in high school and had taken up the tenor saxophone, an instrument that was much cooler to tote ...

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News: Event

Fareed Haque, Ted Sirota And Others At Constellation, April 22, For Fundraiser

Fareed Haque, Ted Sirota And Others At Constellation, April 22, For Fundraiser

Some of Chicago’s finest jazz, classical, blues and world musicians come together to make a joyful noise against the fascist agenda of the Trump/Pence regime. All proceeds will go to fund actions and publicity for Refuse Fascism. Fareed Haque / Goran Ivanovich Duo George Flynn with Cory Tiffin & Leila Bowie Juli Wood Trio with Dan ...

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Article: Live Review

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux at Constellation

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Flux at Constellation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Quinsin Nachoff's Flux Quartet Constellation Chicago, IL November 16, 2016 Chicago's Constellation, the city's premier venue for innovative music, hosted composer and tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff and his Flux quartet. The intense and stimulating recital, in the intimate space, captivated the small and attentive audience for close to 2 hours.

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...

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Constellation

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Released: 2012
Track listing: 1. Zachary’s Czardas (G.Burgess); 2. Bercy (R.Fine); 3. Opa (R.Burns); 4. Skirmish (N.Wilkinson); 5. Valse povero (M.Myer); 6. Montreal (R.Burns); 7. Super Bowl Party (R.Frith); 8. Gouncort (R.Fine); 9. Damsel In Delight (G.Burgess); 10. Trick Wick (M.Myer); 11. Vino Griego (Trad., R.Fine, M.Myer)


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