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Hal Willner

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Hal Willner was an American music producer working in recording, films, TV and live events. He is best known for assembling tribute albums and events featuring a wide variety of artists and musical styles (jazz, classical, rock, Tin Pan Alley). His first tribute album was Amarcord Nino Rota in 1981. In the late 1970s he worked under record producer Joel Dorn, credited as Associate Producer on Leon Redbone's albums Double Time and Champagne Charlie, and The Neville Brothers' Fiyo on the Bayou. Willner has been the sketch music producer of Saturday Night Live since 1981. He was also a producer of the TV program Sunday Night hosted by David Sanborn. Willner has produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, William S

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Article: Radio

Free Association, Vol. 4 with Stephanie Byrne

Read "Free Association, Vol. 4 with Stephanie Byrne" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Free Association is a series of collaborative mix-tapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various backgrounds. Free Association mix-tapes 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. An hour or so ...

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Article: Radio

The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2

Read "The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Bill Frisell's instrumental voice is instantly recognizable, whether displaying its skronky side in John Zorn's Naked City or his sublime and delicate voicings infused of high-end Americana. Equally distinctive are his compositions which more and more of his peers have been incorporating into their repertoires, in a process of metabolization that goes back to the 1990s ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Label: BMG
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kesha: Children of the Revolution; Nick Cave: Cosmic Dancer; Joan Jett: Jeepster; Devendra Banhart: Scenescof; Lucinda Williams: Life's a Gas; Peaches: Solid Gold, Easy Action; BØRNS: Dawn Storm; Beth Orton: Hippy Gumbo; King Khan: I Love to Boogie; Gaby Moreno: Beltane Walk; U2 with Elton John: Bang a Gong (Get It On) ; John Cameron Mitchell: Diamond Meadows; Emily Haines: Ballrooms of Mars; Father John Misty: Main Man; Perry Farrell: Rock On; Elysian Fields: The Street and Babe Shadow; Gavin Friday: The Leopards; Nena: Metal Guru; Marc Almond: Teenage Dream; Helga Davis: Organ Blues; Todd Rundgren: Planet Queen; Jesse Harris: Great Horse; Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl: Mambo Sun; Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon: Pilgrim's Tale; David Johansen: Bang a Gong (Get It On) [Reprise]; Maria McKee & Gavin Friday: She Was Born to Be My Unicorn / Ride a White Swan.

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Article: Radio

Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man In New York - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Although Sting is mostly known for his solo career and, before that, for fronting one of the most epic band of all times, The Police, his love for jazz has been a common thread throughout his career. His jazz sensibility became more prominent when he started his solo career with the album The Dream of the ...

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Article: Radio

Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases

Read "Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Genre-bending, re-imaginings of masters past and present, and eclectic alliances of musicians from different scenes and backgrounds are at the heart of this week's roll-call of new and upcoming releases, with the latest albums by Jyoti (a.k.a. Georgia Anne Muldrow), and Hal Willner, deserving special attention. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation

Read "Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


The wait is over. The much anticipated Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T-Rex has been released by BMG after a number of vicissitudes, not least the COVID-19 pandemic, which took the album's producer Hal Willner, on April 7, 2020, one day after his 64th birthday. Angelheaded Hipster was his swan song. ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Marc Urselli: tra Bolan e Willner, tradizione e innovazione

Read "Marc Urselli: tra Bolan e Willner, tradizione e innovazione" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


L'attesa è finita. Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T-Rex è stato pubblicato dalla BMG dopo una lunga serie di vicissitudini, ultima delle quali la pandemia di Covid-19, che si è portata via il produttore dell'album Hal Willner, il 7 aprile 2020, un giorno dopo il suo 64esimo compleanno. Angelheaded Hipster è ...

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Article: Album Review

Artisti Vari; Hal Willner: Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Read "Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Il maledetto killer invisibile, che tutto il mondo sta combattendo, si è portato via uno dei produttori più importanti della storia della musica moderna: il geniale, imprevedibile, incontenibile Hal Willner se ne è volato in cielo ai primi di aprile di questo anno terribile. Ha lasciato il pianeta mentre stava assestando gli ultimi colpi d'anca a ...


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