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Greg Ward (born 1982) is rapidly emerging as one of the leading virtuoso saxophone players of his generation, with a unique versatility in a wide variety of styles including Modern Jazz, Funk, Latin as well as Classical, Indian, Klezmer and African Music. Ward grew up in a musical household, singing in Gospel groups as a child before the discovery of Charlie Parker led him to dedicate his life to the saxophone. Honors quickly followed, including the Downbeat Magazine High School Jazz Soloist Award (2000), participation in the exclusive Stean’s Institute at Ravinia (2001), scholarships from the Vail Jazz Workshop in Colorado, and selection as a Jazz Mentor with the Jazz Institute of Chicago

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Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake

Read "Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Free Association is a series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various origins. Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. ...

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Antibalas, Oddjob, Pharoah Sanders, Greg Ward & Other New Releases

Read "Antibalas, Oddjob, Pharoah Sanders, Greg Ward & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We start 2020 where we left off in 2019, exploring great new releases. In this segment we feature music ranging from the upcoming release of the Afrobeat ambassadors Antibalas, who are turning 20 this year, to a previously unreleased superb 1975 live performance by Pharoah Sanders. In the process we take a look at the vibrant ...

Nature Work

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: The Shiver; Hem The Jewels; Porch Time; Zenith; Opter Fopter; Cryptic Ripple; Tah Dazzle; South Hempstead; Ride.

Stomping Off From Greenwood

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Metropolis; Excerpt 1; The Contender; The Fourth Reverie; Let Him Live; Black Woods; Pitch Black Promenade; Stardust; Sundown.

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Matt Ulery works in several groups with differing approaches to jazz and art music. Delicate Charms features a quintet which mixes the romantic lightness of European classical music, the slippery unpredictability of jazz and the thrusting rhythms of progressive rock through a singular combination of alto sax, violin and piano. The CD's opening ...

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Coming on the heels of 2019's outstanding trio outing Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) with violinist Zach Brock and drummer John Deitemyer, Delicate Charms is a four and a half star recording if ever one was. And it begins with a classical air, an almost chambered hush into which rush those last minute arrivals, each their own player ...

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Moon Hooch, Matt Ulery, Cochemea and More New Releases

Read "Moon Hooch, Matt Ulery, Cochemea and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our exploration of new releases [for the first part, click here]. In this segment we focus heavily on powerful saxophone players like Cochemea, Tenor Triage's Michael Eaton, Sean Sonderegger and James Brandon Lewis, Ghost Horse's Dan Kinzelman, Moon Hooch's Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, Charles Owens, Hearing Thing's Matt Bauder, the Crosscurrent Trio's ...

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Greg Ward: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

"Con quel sorriso può dire ciò che vuole" recitava una pubblicità di un noto dentifricio che rese celebre al grande pubblico l'attrice Virna Lisi. Parafrasando potremmo dire, riguardo Nature Work , “Con quella ritmica puoi suonare quello che vuoi" perché Eric Revis al contrabbasso e Jim Black alla batteria formano una coppia formidabile (sorprendentemente al loro ...

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Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

Read "Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cankarjev Dom Jazz Festival Ljubljana Ljubljana June 18-22, 2019 Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...


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