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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz and the Spoken Word

Read "Jazz and the Spoken Word" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show examines the intersection of jazz and various forms of the spoken word, including rap, beat-era jive and classic poets like Langston Hughes, W. B. Yeats, and Walt Whitman. The musicians interpreting these works include Babs Gonzales, David Murray, Christine Tobin, and Deborah Harry & the Jazz Passengers. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

When Jazz Pops, Part 1

Read "When Jazz Pops, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week's playlist focuses on the contribution of jazz musicians to pop, hip-hop, and rock projects, from the Art Ensemble of Chicago playing with French singer Brigitte Fontaine, to John Zorn featured on the debut album by the Brazilian queen Marisa Monte and The Thing's mighty alliance with Neneh Cherry. And a tribute to the late ...

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Article: Interview

Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges

Read "Kendrick Scott: Making Walls into Bridges" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Kendrick Scott authored one of the most compelling jazz releases of last year with A Wall Becomes a Bridge (Blue Note, 2019), a nuanced meditation on identity, history and prejudice, shepherded under the direction of producer and former band mate Derrick Hodge. Pairing gorgeous, searching improvisatory canvases with break beat interludes and samples from guest DJ ...

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Article: Jazzmatazz

Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Hooke


Exploring the grounds of the Montreal Jazz Festival is like going to all you can eat Las Vegas buffet. “Look over there at table four; there's Dixieland. Wait at table six, there's Latin jazz, supposedly the main table as a new head chef, let's go there." You can stuff yourself by going ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: The Sea at the End of Her String

Read "The Sea at the End of Her String" reviewed by Phil Barnes


Genre is increasingly a problem in our modern musical world--it is all pervasive yet meaningless at the same time. If the internet only gives us what we search for, then a classification that is predicated on a formulaic 'if you like that then you'll love this" algorithm is never going to be good enough. Music as ...

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Article: Interview

Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting

Read "Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


Now approaching a decade of operations, Matsuli Music has placed itself at the frontline of reissuing some of South Africa's most influential, important, and yet nevertheless now difficult-to-find albums in pursuit of its stated mission: “The Fight Against Forgetting." Indeed, to that end, founder Matthew Temple has done extraordinary work, as thanks to his efforts, classic ...

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News: Obituary

Remembering Guru with Gang Starr's Defining Cut "Jazz Thing"

Remembering Guru with Gang Starr's Defining Cut "Jazz Thing"

Acclaimed rapper Guru, best known as one-half of jazzy-rap duo Gang Starr, has died, according to a statement released from his most recent collaborator, producer Solar. Solar's statement contains a note purportedly written by Guru, who died at the age of 43 after a battle with cancer. The statement reads: I, Guru, am writing this letter ...


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