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Fred Hersch

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. As a solo pianist (he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist - his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release, Alone at the Vanguard); as leader of a widely praised trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists; and as the impetus behind the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a full-evening work for 11 instruments, actor/singer and animation/multimedia - Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of the New York Times who, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.” He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard - for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations

For Now

Label: BlueLand Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Signs; Clarity in Time; The Miss; JJ; For Now; ‘Round Midnight; Invitation; For Whom I Imagined; The Night of Change; The Second Time; Her Smile; The Wait; Ruby, My Dear.

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Michael Thomas, Joshua Redman, Marie Kruttli, Brad Mehldau and More New Releases

Read "Michael Thomas, Joshua Redman, Marie Kruttli, Brad Mehldau and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

It has been more or less a month since our last episode devoted to new and upcoming releases, so it's time to catch up as so much great music has been coming out, some of it to raise funds for worthy causes. So sit back, put your headphones on and enjoy the latest by Joshua Redman, ...

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Dave Stryker: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Germany's WDR Big Band has welcomed a great variety of musicians such as Fred Hersch, Michel Camilo, Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Heath as guest soloists over the years. On this occasion they provide an invigorating backdrop for the springy and soulful guitar of Dave Stryker. The set list on this CD finds Stryker and ...

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You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation

Read "You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature music that is trying to raise funds to support the Jazz Foundation, by Catherine Russell and the Fred Hersch—Esperanza Spalding duo. We also focus on new releases from Sue Maskaleris, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Alexa Tarantino, W. Allen Taylor, Swingadelic, John Finbury and Magos Herrera, with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled

Read "Unraveled" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

What does it take to move music from the strictly aural to revealing the more tactile elements like texture and consistency? Vocal artist, composer and arranger Aubrey Johnson, with her scoring hat on, demonstrates that intelligent instrument choice and subtle arrangement of notes in time coupled with sensitive sound engineering can produce music with a palpable ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Campbell: Old Flames Never Die

Read "Old Flames Never Die" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a “square peg, round hole" problem holding vocalist Peter Campbell back in the renown department. He doesn't fall into the resounding soul-stirrer category, à la Gregory Porter, the bop poet-philosopher niche, ruled by Kurt Elling, the pure experimentalist's camp, typified by Theo Bleckmann, the neo-soul realm, occupied by José James, the group-minded singer-songwriter space(s), elevated ...

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I Wished on the Moon and The Jitterbug Waltz - Celebrating Rosemary Clooney and Fats Waller

Read "I Wished on the Moon and The Jitterbug Waltz - Celebrating Rosemary Clooney and Fats Waller" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Memorial Day weekend broadcast included new releases from trumpeter Carl Saunders, guitarist Henry Robinett, vocalist Leslie Beukelman, pianist Carolina Calvache, groups DreamRoot and Ajoyo, plus birthday shoutouts to Rosemary Clooney (pictured), Jackie Cain, Fats Waller and Bob Dylan. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music in this time ...

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Brian Landrus: For Now

Read "For Now" reviewed by Doug Hall

Low-register reed specialist and multi-instrumentalist and composer Brian Landrus confronted a difficult period in his life and used adversity to inspire a passionate declaration in song on his 2020 release For Now (BlueLand Records). He took advice from the late valve-trombonist, composer and educator Bob Brookmeyer, “book a recording session before you have the music composed—then ...

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Brian Landrus: For Now

Read "For Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On For Now, his tenth album as leader, multi-reed specialist Brian Landrus gives voice to the many faces of romance, using as his means of expression a talented core quintet, amplified on several themes by a four-member string section, with arrangements by the notable opera composer Robert Aldridge. While Landrus plays four instruments including flute and ...


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