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Harish Raghavan

After arriving in New York in 2007, bassist Harish Raghavan has begun to make a name for himself among the rising stars of his generation. Raghavan has played/toured with Kurt Elling, Taylor Eigsti, Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Aaron Parks, Greg Osby, Billy Childs, Benny Green, Geoffry Keezer, Terrell Stafford, Mike Moreno, Rodney Green, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Justin Brown, Dayna Stephens, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Gilmore, Walter Smith III, among others. Raghavan grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago. At age eight he began studying Western and Indian percussion, and later switched to the double bass at seventeen

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New Gospel Revisited

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Intro; Law And Order; Walter Speaks (featuring Walter Smith III); The Believer; Oracle (featuring Kendrick Scott); New Gospel; Lullaby (featuring Joel Ross); Autumn; New Paths; A Portrait Of Fola; Perpetual (featuring Harish Raghavan); The Thump; Farewell (featuring James Francies).

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz FestivalHart Plaza and Campus Martius jny:Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2022 The main lobby of the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center was abuzz with greetings and joyful conversation. You could feel the ardent positivity in the room as well as you could feel the near ninety-degree heat and accompanying steady ...

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Article: Album Review

Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens: In Common III

Read "In Common III" reviewed by Chris May


The third iteration of tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens' In Common project is another delightfully lyrical and inventive affair. Each of the albums presents Smith and Stevens in the company of a different three-piece rhythm section. The first had vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The second had ...

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Article: Album Review

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Read "New Gospel Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Chicago-born trumpeter Marquis Hill released his first album while still in college and in 2022, just over a decade later, he has retooled it on New Gospel Revisited, recorded live in his hometown with a fresh lineup and tweaked instrumentation. It is a terrific disc. Like his near contemporary and fellow trumpeter Christian ...

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On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tide of Hyacinth; Yessss; Cynical Sideliners; Mr. Roscoe (Consider The Simultaneous); An Interlude (That Get' More Intense); Reset (Quiet Victories & Celebrated Defeats); Moon (The Return Amplifies The Unity); Roy; Blues (We Measure The Heart With A Fist); Hooded Procession (Read The Names Out Loud).

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Article: Album Review

Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Read "On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment" reviewed by Chris May


Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire rings the changes admirably from album to album. On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment is the most stripped down of his Blue Note outings (it is his fifth album for the label). It is made with a quartet. There is no second horn. The sound is ECM-like in its ...

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Article: Album Review

Harish Raghavan: Calls For Action

Read "Calls For Action" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Several factors make bassist Harish Raghavan's debut album remarkable. The first and most striking is the sense of extreme urgency in the tone of the compositions as well as the disjointed manner with which the instruments search for common ground in and around each other. Another factor can be found in the understated melodic motifs whose ...

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Calls For Action

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Intro; Newe; Los Angeles; Sangeet; I'll Go and Come Back; Caged; Seaminer; The Meters; 4560 Round Trip; Shift; Lunatico; Junior; Calls For Action; Seven; AS.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More

Read "Ingrid Laubrock, Aki Takase, Alexandra Grimal and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode acknowledges a few of the outstanding and important female jazz improvisers who are becoming more and more prominent in the 21st century. You'll hear music from the mutual admiration duo of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Aki Takase, French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal displaying her talents on three differently focused albums, Estonian take-no-prisoners saxophonist Maria ...


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