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Esperanza Spalding

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Seven collaborative and five solo albums into her career at 31, Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre- bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Spalding’s work, grounded in jazz traditions but never bound by them, has won her four Grammy awards and brought her onstage at the Oscars, the Nobel Prize Ceremony, the White House, and with Prince and Herbie Hancock. Not only does she know who she is, we know who she is. Or, rather, we think we do. The elastic self and work of a true artist is always changing; ideas are channeled, shape-shifting becomes necessary

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Article: Album Review

Victor Gould: In Our Time

Read "In Our Time" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Over the course of his first endearing works, 2016's stunning, NPR Debut Of The Year Clockwork (New Fresh Sounds), Earthlings (Criss Cross, 2018) and the lush Thoughts Become Things (Criss Cross, 2019), pianist/composer Victor Gould has exhibited a relaxed romanticism, an unerring lilt to his music. A warm empathy that draws you into the joyful, reflective ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Willie Nelson, who continues his homage to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Wayne Alpern and pianist Rachel Eckroth with birthday shoutouts to Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane in the second hour, along with guitarist Mimi Fox, vocalists Anita Wardell, Rosana Eckert, Vicki Burns and more. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Album Review

Rachel Eckroth: The Garden

Read "The Garden" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


One of the Phoenix's brightest lights, pianist-composer-vocalist Rachel Eckroth, who has ably added depth to the music of such polar opposites as Chris Botti, Rufus Wainwright, and St. Vincent, leaves no stone unturned in The Garden, her darkly convincing, Rainy Day Records debut. It is immediately apparent that Eckroth hears things unlike the rest ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 5: Terri Lyne Carrington

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 5: Terri Lyne Carrington" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In her 2003 Carnegie Mellon University paper Experience West African Drumming: A Study of West African Dance-Drumming and Women Drummers, Leslie Marie Mullins explains that drumming was explicitly the territory of male musicians in West Africa. Mullins reveals that several myths were employed to keep women and drums far apart. Among them, Ghanaian women were thought ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus A Centennial Birthday Shoutout For Guitarist Mary Osborne

Read "New Releases Plus A Centennial Birthday Shoutout For Guitarist Mary Osborne" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with a centennial salute to guitarist Mary Osborne. Born in North Dakota, she came to prominence in New York City in the 1940s appearing with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk and Mary Lou Williams. Also presented are new releases from vocalists Samara Joy, Hilary Kole and violinist Diane ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney

Read "New Releases by Esperanza Spalding and Altoizm Plus A Jazz Celebration of the Songs of Joan Whitney" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from bassist Esperanza Spalding, new group Altoizm (Greg Ward, Sharel Cassity, Rajiv Halim), flutist Ragan Whiteside and vocalists Queen Esther, Ann Hampton Callaway with birthday shoutouts to songwriter Joan Whitney (Candy, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickiens), trumpeter Carol Morgan, vocalists Lezlie Harrison and Mavis Staples, among others. Thanks for listening ...

Article: Interview

L'autorevole inventiva di Salvatore Maiore

Read "L'autorevole inventiva di Salvatore Maiore" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Contrabbassista, violoncellista e compositore tra i più attivi in Italia, Salvatore Maiore ha evidenziato -nelle molte collaborazioni e nei progetti personali-una cifra espressiva particolarmente ricercata, dove il ruolo dei suoi strumenti assume un aspetto propositivo, in una chiara esaltazione delle forme melodiche e timbriche. Di recente ha pubblicato un progetto sulle musiche di Charles Mingus interpretate ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Album Review

Ricardo Pinheiro with Theo Bleckmann and Mônica Salmaso: Caruma

Read "Caruma" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Ricardo Pinheiro is a Portuguese guitarist, composer and educator. He has a dozen previous recordings to his credit and leader or co-leader status on the majority of those projects. His music has covered ambient, electronic, bop, jazz standards, and jazz/poetry hybrids. Pinheiro, a Berklee alumnus, has recorded and played with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Chris Cheek, ...


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