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Gregoire Maret

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Grammy winner, Swiss born harmonica player and composer, Gregoire Maret moved to New York City at 18 years old to study at the New School University. Over the course of the past decade, Gregoire has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice across a wide spectrum of the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument - the harmonica - is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. After all, the extensive list of heavy- hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects is unparalleled: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, and Marcus Miller are some of his most prominent employers, none of whom have the patience to employ novelty for novelty's sake. ​ His guest appearances on recording sessions and concert stages expand that list to even more jaw-dropping proportions: Prince, Sting, Elton John, Jimmy Scott, Dianne Reeves, Toots Thielemans, Raul Midón, Richard Bona, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tito Puente, Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Charlie Hunter have all made use of Maret's unmatched palette of color. ​ Along the way, Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica, finding fresh pathways through a remarkable variety of styles

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Article: Radio

New Sounds from Canada and More

Read "New Sounds from Canada and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature seven new albums that demonstrate the musical diversity of jazz. Three of them feature Canadian artists reflecting the current strength of the scene in that country. There's a new album from Posi-Tone and the remaining three releases are from European artists.Playlist Hector “Building 8" from Uncharted (Self Released) 00:00 ...

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Article: Year in Review

Most Read Album Reviews: 2020

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2020" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2020. The Complete 1969 Recordings King Crimson by John Kelman Published: October 31, 2020 Is That So? John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan ...

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Harp vs. Harp

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Blueserinho; Acts; No Fear; Hope; Romance de Barrio; Santa Morena; Our Spanish Love Song; Manhã de Carnaval.

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Americana

Label: ACT Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Brothers in Arms; Small Town; Rain, Rain; San Luis Obispo; Back Home; Wichita Lineman; The Sail; Re: Stacks; Still.

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Resilience

Label: Soul Cycle Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resilience; Healing; Push/Pull; Reflection Point; Chorale; Play Date; The Wanderer; Same Mistakes; Meditation on Peace.

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MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Steve-O; Sam Rivers; Monk's Mood; Donna Lee; Song For Dub; Five Spot; Implication; Intermission; Masekela; Rhythm-A-Ning/Evidence; Off Minor; Be.YOU.tiful; Locomotive; Come Sunday.

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Variations Of Relevance

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Between The Clouds; Blue Roses; Ligeti; Night Of The 7 Moons; Rimembranze; Scarlet Letters; Sonnet Melancholia; Thruthful Intentions; Three Views Of A Secret

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Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara


However strange the year has gotten, the urge to create clearly hasn't lessened at all--either that or the circumstances have left us more appreciative of art where we find it. Most likely it's some of both. Whatever the case may be, 2020 has still seen no shortage of musical treats good for the soul.

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Resilience

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Label: Soul Cycle Music
Released: 2020
Duration: 05:10


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