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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Read "Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman  Ra Kalam Bob Moses" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This edition of One Man's Jazz tends to a lot of music out on the edge, starting with a tune from a 2019 release called Life's Intense Mystery by Burton Greene, Damon Smith & Bob Moses, before heading to the powerful and unpredictable band from Amsterdam, Spinifex; they've added singers to the mix on their latest. ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating International Jazz

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This is the playlist for the April 28th show--two days ahead of the International Jazz Day--so it's loaded up with music from artists from 16 different different countries. The entire last hour is entirely international, but then again, One Man's Jazz has been featuring such music and artists for several years now. Jazz doesn't need a ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

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Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz

Read "Michael Formanek, Lopez/Laubrock/Rainey & Piotr Damasiewicz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode of OMJ is packed with great improvisers and musical explorers. The much-respected bassist Michael Formanek found the isolation of the pandemic gave him time to look at music a little differently, and the result was an exploration of what he calls palindromic music. That's the basis for his new release with his Drome Trio, ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Favourite Recordings from 2021

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As per usual, the first One Man's Jazz of a new year features music from my favourite recordings of the previous year, selected from a wide range of artists from 38 countries. I thought 2021 was a fine year for releasing some very good creative music, despite the dire effect of the pandemic on the rest ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

GulfH of Berlin, Adam O’Farrill & Eunhye Jeong

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Sampled this episode are new releases featuring saxophonists (Rich Halley, Daniel Carter, Irek Wojtczak, Yuma Uesaka (with Marilyn Crispell) and Gebhard Ullmann (GulfH of Berlin), trumpeters Adam O'Farrill and Joaquin Muro, and pianists Eunhye Jeong from South Korea and Satoko Fujii. Toss in some great stuff from William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, and L.A.'s The Gathering ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Corroto's Best Recordings Of 2021

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Another year in jazz, and another year in global pandemic jazz. When we look back on these times, I believe we will refer to them much like the designations BC and AD (or BCE and CE, if you like). We'll ask, what was music like before masks and social distancing; and, remember when we squeezed together ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wadada Leo Smith, William Parker & Aakash Mittal

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Two of the most important creators of original music are featured in this episode—trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and his Great Lakes Quartet with the entire “Diamond Symphony" from The Chicago Symphonies, the second of two releases by Tum Records, and bassist William Parker with a piece from Painters Winter and one from Blue Limelight, one of ...

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Article: Album Review

Friends & Neighbors: The Earth Is #

Read "The Earth Is #" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The importance of choosing a name for your jazz band is often underestimated. Take the quintet Friends & Family for instance. When it was formed in 2008, it wasn't dubbed the André Roligheten Quintet or the Oscar Grönberg Band. No. From its beginnings, the quintet shared composing duties among its members as well as dutiful deference ...


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