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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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There Is A Dance

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: There is a Dance; We Spin; Ruby O; When You Were Blind; We Breathe; We Hope; The Shakes; Murray Park; East Side Blues; Then You.

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O Life, O Light Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Mother's Hymn; O Life, O Light; Mountains In The Predawn Light; Satya.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chris Parker, Craig Davis, Miro Sobrer, Jim McNeely and more

Read "Chris Parker, Craig Davis, Miro Sobrer, Jim McNeely and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show brand new releases from The Chris Parker Trio, Craig Davis, Miro Sobrer, Francisco Mela & Zoh Amba, Jim McNeely and The Frankfurt Radio Orchestra featuring Chris Potter, the trio of Ben Monder, Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey, and a preview track from a new album from Dave Douglas.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 ...

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Article: Album Review

Zoh Amba: O Life, O Light Vol. 1

Read "O Life, O Light Vol. 1" reviewed by John Sharpe


Since relocating to NYC from Tennessee, twenty one year old tenor saxophonist and flautist Zoh Amba has been keeping fast company. On her debut O Sun (Tzadik, 2022), in a sign of affirmation label boss John Zorn guests on one track, while O Life, O Light continues in the same vein as she helms a heavyweight ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2022

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2022" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 19-22, 2022 The weekend of May 19-22, was the first time since 2019 that artistic director Michel Levasseur and the team at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV, or Victo, as it is ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Turner, Downes, Amba, Halvorson, And More

Read "New Releases From Turner, Downes, Amba, Halvorson, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we have all new releases from Kit Downes, Mark Turner, Orquestra Inorgánica, Way North, Yves Léveillé, and Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela, plus a preview of an excellent new suite of music from Mary Halvorson. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Kit Downes “Minus Monk" from Vermillion (ECM) 00:41 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Tribute To Fred Van Hove And Some New Releases

Read "A Tribute To Fred Van Hove And Some New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show a tribute to Fred Van Hove plus new music from Red Gazelle Trio, Angela Verbrugge, Lucia Boffo, Marquis Hill, Doug McDonald, Luis Siciliano, Alex Scheuerer & Najwa Ezzaher, Francisco Mela & Shinya Lin, New York Duo and, the Tome Iliev Sextet. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Red Gazelle Trio “East West" ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

Album

Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Light Of Mind; Dark Light; Infinite Consciousness


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