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Etienne Charles

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There is no use in trying to pigeonhole 2006 National Trumpet Competition winner Etienne Charles. One listen to his debut album Culture Shock reveals the depth and breadth of his varied musical heritage. From the Calypso and Steelpan grooves of his native Trinidad, to sophisticated swing firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Charles deftly incorporates a multitude of styles while maintaining continuity, freshness, and maturity in his sound that is often lacking in other young artists of his generation. Born July 24th 1983 in Port-of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Etienne Charles comes from a rich legacy of folk musical tradition going back four generations

Album

Indigenous

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Marabi; Indigenous; The Secret Life Of Plants; Sombras Del Pasado; Asta Ta Malakia Sou; Aztlan; Sabor A Mi; BLM Plaza; Nefeli; Melina Maria; Purpose; Shir LaShalom

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Article: Album Review

Diego Rivera: Indigenous

Read "Indigenous" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words" might be a cliché, but it also contains an element of truth. Some of the most powerful messages come across without relying on words. And when it comes to music, lyrics are not always needed to convey a message. Such is the case with Diego Rivera's ...

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Article: Radio

Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September

Read "Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Blue Note fiftieth anniversaries, as usual, on this first show of the month: Reuben Wilson (A Groovy Situation), McCoy Tyner (Asante) and Jimmy McGriff (Something to Listen to). And there's another James P. Johnson Blue Note single (BN-26) that includes “Caprice Rag" (piano players, pay attention). We've also got 21st century music from the U.K.'s Sarah ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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News: Event

Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

Experience Ayiti Joins With The Mingus Big Band At New York’s Jazz Standard This October To Support Music Initiatives In Haiti

The New York-based Mingus Big Band will host the non-profit charity Experience Ayiti (XA) during October, to bring awareness and raise funds for XA’s mission in Haiti. The residency will take place at New York’s Jazz Standard on Mondays beginning October 7, followed by each consecutive Monday that month; October 14, 21, and 28. Sets are ...

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Article: Radio

Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!

Read "Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Gifts & Messages is here to rescue you from depressing news and to cure what ails you! After a rollicking opening segment from Hank Crawford, Vanessa Rodrigues, Brice Winston and Leslie Odom Jr., we continue to celebrate Sonny Rollins -his first recordings with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. Then, it's the always sublime Stephane Grappelli, this ...

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Article: Interview

Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Read "Monty Alexander: Still Rolling" reviewed by Geno Thackara


If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear ...

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Article: Radio

Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock & More

Read "Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Straight outta San Francisco with his talented orchestra, Marcus Shelby opens this week's episode with music off his latest CD Transitions. We then move into the reason Marcus got into jazz and that would be the New Orleans titan Wynton Marsalis. The hour continues with Bonerama covering Led Zeppelin, Frank Grasso, Dennis Coffee and Etienne Charles. ...

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Article: Radio

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Time for tunes that moved you from Shows 361-370. Our concerts in Baton Rouge clearly resonated with you. Many of the most commented upon tracks featured artists that performed in Baton Rouge this Winter and Spring. Works for me. Just because you may be out-of-town shouldn't phase you though. We tally all of our listener comments ...


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