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Gretchen Parlato

Gretchen Parlato's voice is a thing of wonder. Striking the ideal balance between precision and flexibility, she is never predictable, blurring the lines between singer and instrumentalist as she takes a lyric—and at other times improvised flights of wordless fancy—to places it's never before been. On In a Dream, her debut album for ObliqSound, which releases August 25, Parlato and her intuitive support team reinvent constantly, Parlato impeccably articulating in a voice so ethereal that the listener might very well feel that he or she is "in a dream." Coming four years after her self-titled debut, In a Dream finds Parlato embarking on a beguiling journey deep into the heart of both her own compositions and classic material by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others—all of which she instantly makes her own

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Article: Live Review

Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024

Read "Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024 Aspen, Colorado June 20-22, 2024 The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience returned this year with 20 acts performing over the course of three nights in various venues around downtown Aspen. JAS has been sponsoring two festivals (or “Experiences") each of the last several years. The June ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases By Ellie Lee, Kerry Politzer, the Jihye Lee Orchestra, Peggy Lee and Miles Davis Share A Birthday & More

Read "New Releases By Ellie Lee, Kerry Politzer, the Jihye Lee Orchestra, Peggy Lee and Miles Davis Share A Birthday & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Ellie Lee, Natasha Blackwood, Lauren Henderson, Kerry Politzer, John Ambrosini and the Jihye Lee Orchestra, with birthday shoutouts to Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, Fats Waller, Carmen Souza, Cynthia Sayer, Denise Donatelli, Sheryl Bailey and Darcy James Argue, among others. Happy listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Geri Allen, Kronos Quartet, and Ahmad Jamal.

Read "Geri Allen, Kronos Quartet, and Ahmad Jamal." reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This episode features a wide array of duets, tributes, and curiosities from jazz's past and present. Musicians heard include Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel, the Kronos Quartet, Nate Wooley, and Ahmad Jamal. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases By Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti, Birthday Shoutouts To Shirley Scott, Jessica Williams & More

Read "New Releases By Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti, Birthday Shoutouts To Shirley Scott, Jessica Williams & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Lauren White, Cliff Beach, Marta Karassawa, Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti and Jane Scheckter, with birthday shoutouts to Noriko Ueda, Shirley Scott, Nicole Henry, Jane Irving, Mark Murphy, Giorgia Hannoush, Jessica Williams, Bobby McFerrin and Marilyn Harris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

Album

Lean In

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Akwê; I Miss You; If I Knew; Okagbé; Astronauta; Mi Wa Se; Muse; Nonvignon; Lean In; Painful Joy; Dou Wé; Walking After You.

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Article: Liner Notes

Lage Lund: Idlewild

Read "Lage Lund: Idlewild" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


An open and revealing format for any artist, the jazz trio offers rewards on many levels. Left in veracious hands, there is a spacious pocket that can be filled by any number of rhythmic and harmonic ideas, not to mention a freedom in melodic phrases which don't have to be constrained by strict chordal structures. On ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Grammy Nominees With New Jazz Categories & More

Read "New Releases, Grammy Nominees With New Jazz Categories & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes an assortment of Grammy nominees (not a bad year for women overall, with some new jazz categories), plus new releases from Solidaridad Tango, violist Debbie Spring, drummer Allison Miller, vocalist Anita Wardell, pianists Marta Karassawa and Thandi Ntuli, with songs of gratitude and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Live Review

Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66

Read "Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66" reviewed by Josef Woodard


This year's model of the Monterey jazz festival, now up to its 66th annual, felt overall like one of the strongest and most balanced of the past decade. Salient highlights included a stunning African-flavored commissioned work, Isakoso Ara, from Ambrose Akinmusire--one of the proudest products of this festival over many years--along with a saucy and artful ...


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