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Hal Galper Quintet: Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1977

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It must be gratifying to accomplish everything you set out to do. Pianist Hal Galper says he has done just that. And, after a career that included work with trumpeter Chet Baker and saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and Stan Getz, along with a ten year stint in saxophonist Phil Woods' band (1980-1990), followed by ten years of ...

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Erik Verwey: People Flow

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Dutch pianist Erik Verwey lives in a houseboat on the river Amstel, in Amsterdam. His view takes in the shimmering water and the geometry of the right angled architectures jutting from the greenery of the shoreline. It is a view that certainly influences his music. But not perhaps as much as do the encounters with people ...

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Marc Copland: John

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Pianist Marc Copland crossed paths with guitarist John Abercrombie in the early '70s, playing in drummer Chico Hamilton's group. Copland was, at the time, a saxophonist. The collaboration there began a fifty year friendship and multiple Abercrombie/Copland collaborations . Abercrombie passed away in 2017. John is Copland's eulogy for him, solo piano renditions of a set ...

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Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave

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Seattle's Origin Records opened 2021 on a hopeful, turning-of-the-page note with Second Wave, by the group Meridian Odyssey. The band comprised five young (twenty-something) Seattle-ites who took advantage of the time on their collective hands, and the low air fares resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to journey to Alaska, where guitarist Martin Budde's father—a pilot—owns an ...

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Jason Whatley: On the Beak

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If Australia is “The Land Down Under," then Tasmania could be called “The Land Way Down Under,' a thumbprint of a main island cut adrift from the southern hemisphere's one country continent about 12,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, to sit off the south western corner of the state of Victoria, ...

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Vadim Bessarab Trio: Differences

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When the COVID-19 virus hit Ukraine in early 2020, the nascent Vadim Bessarab was forced to abandon its concert plans. But the no-concerts mode gave the group the opportunity to engage in rehearsal with “double power and passion." This resulted in the trio's first recording, documented with the help of what Bessarab describes as an “aspiring ...

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REKON: REKON

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For jazz fans of a certain age—those who began their appreciation of the music during the '60s—American trumpeter Art Farmer's To Sweden With Love (Atlantic, 1964) may have served as an introduction to Scandinavian cool. The Nordic subgenre has come into full bloom in the new millennium with music from Norway's Tord Gustavsen Trio, Sweden's electro-piano ...

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Dwiki Dharmawan: Hari Ketiga

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Hari Ketiga is presented as a logbook of a voyage from the Earth to the moon, and beyond, to contact with music from distant planetary systems--a sprawling outer space improv opera as dense and difficult to fathom as Frank Herbert's first three Dune novels, or Samuel Delany's Dhalgren. It began simply enough: Leonardo Pavkovic ...

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Alex Wintz Trio: Live To Tape

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Back in the day (the 1960s), when guitarist Grant Green stepped into the studio to record for Blue Note Records, they rolled the tape. Literally. Pushed a button and the spools began to spin, the left circle feeding the right. On Live To Tape, that is how guitarist Alex Wintz rolls, too, taking his modern sound ...

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Luke Sellick / Andrew Renfro: Small Vacation

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Bassist Luke Sellick says, “I hope this is a record you can enjoy for its musical conception and inventiveness, or just to relax [with] at the end of a long day." It succeeds at this, in part, because the tunes that are presented here are ones that almost everybody has heard, and others are ones that ...


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