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Francisco Mela

Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club

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Ojos De Gato

Label: CAM Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Revolución; Latino America; Buenos Aires; Ernesto; Padres (A Papà e Gato); Manhattan (A Carla e Dollar); Roma 1962 (A Enrico e Franco); Paris Last; Café Montmartre (A Aldo e Don); Laura; Ojos De Gato (A Christian).

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Flash of the Spirit

Label: Truth Revolution Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Awesome Blues; Funky New Dorp; For Heaven's Sake; Beneath the Surface; Toujours Petits; Humpty Dumpty; Natural Causes; Ripty Boom; La Mesha; Voyage.

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Socially Distanced Duos

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Twisting Pavement; Time in Isolation; Shapeshifter; A Continuous Conversation Renewed; Solar; Then We Won't; Present Value Impact, The Gift; Extempore Arquitectura.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

David León, Sean Conly, Thomas Heberer & more Jerry Granelli

Read "David León, Sean Conly, Thomas Heberer & more Jerry Granelli" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Aire De Agua from saxophonist David León is a very impressive recording. It's one of the highlights of this episode. Bassist Sean Conly keeps his string of fine recordings going with his latest, The Buzz, and you'll hear samples from other new releases from two Argentinians, drummer Axel Filip and saxophonist Rodrigo Dominguez, trumpeter Thomas Heberer, ...

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New releases and a focus on Caroline Davis

Read "New releases and a focus on Caroline Davis" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this episode of the show you'll hear new releases from Ben Wilcock, Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith, William Parker as a leader, and, Francisco Mela featuring Matthew Shipp and William Parker as a sideman. There's also a deep dive into jny: Chicago jazz in 2015 with a focus on alto saxophonist Caroline Davis and various ...

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Adam Pieronczyk, Francisco Mela & R.I.P. Jerry Granelli

Read "Adam Pieronczyk, Francisco Mela & R.I.P. Jerry Granelli" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


An intriguing track by saxophonist Adam Pieronczyk on a compilation of Polish jazz artists, 12 or so years back, ushered me into the current Polish scene, and I've been enjoying it since. Adam's latest features guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly. drummer Francisco Mela was mentored by {m: McCoy Tyner}} so he's honouring that important relationship with a three-album ...

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The Tao Of Matthew Shipp

Read "The Tao Of Matthew Shipp" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To borrow a line from Mark Twain, the reports of Matthew Shipp's retirement have been greatly exaggerated. Some years back, the pianist announced his retirement from recording, only to make a comeback. The second time he reiterated that statement, he told us that be would only be touring and playing solo concerts. Not quite “The Boy ...

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New Sounds and New Faces

Read "New Sounds and New Faces" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week's show includes recent releases featuring Tim Berne via the 9donkeys label, New Faces from Posi-Tone, a watershed moment in East Coast Jazz, new music from Michaela Steinhauer and Francisco Mela, and much more. Playlist Tim Berne's Hardcell “Van Grundy's Retreat" from The Cosmos (9donkeys) 00:00 Ben Allison “Spy" from Medicine Wheel (Palmetto) ...

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Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, Samuel Blaser & Pia Hernandez

Read "Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, Samuel Blaser & Pia Hernandez" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Coping with the pandemic has come in many forms for musicians. Bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger decided to host a weekly streaming session where they played and commented on the world as it was happening in their NYC apartment. They culled an album's worth of music from the series and have now released it ...


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