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Herbie Nichols


Herbie Nichols is a perennially neglected jazz pianist and composer. He recorded less than half of his 170 compositions on three classic trio albums for Blue Note and one for Bethlehem before dying of leukemia at the age of 43 in 1963. He is often compared to Thelonious Monk, and his piano playing and compositions certainly do have some of the harmonic angularity people associate with Monk. But he had a very distinctive sound of his own, more melancholy and, for lack of a better word, poetic than Monk in many ways. In fact, Nichols was something of a poet, as the titles to his tunes suggest


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kristen Lee Sergeant, Ted Nash, Russ Johnson, Audible Spirits & More

Read "Kristen Lee Sergeant, Ted Nash, Russ Johnson, Audible Spirits & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This set focuses on Andrew Hill, Herbie Nichols, Bob Dorough and Oliver Nelson, four American originals and various generations of musicians they've inspired.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Superblue feat. The Huntertones “Naughty Number Nine" SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree (Edition) 0:16 Host talks 3:27 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Random Acts of Roach 3, Trudy Pitts, Pete Rugolo

Read "Random Acts of Roach 3, Trudy Pitts, Pete Rugolo" reviewed by David Brown

This week, new and recent releases from Ethan Iverson, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Halverson, and others; We'll continue with Random Acts of Roach, a month-long centennial celebration of the legendary drummer Max Roach; and why not, I'll share a bit of my recent obsession with the Pete Rugolo Orchestra, and much more. Old, new, in, out... wherever ...


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Daniel Hersog, Jaimie Branch, Tyshawn Sorey and Others

Read "Daniel Hersog, Jaimie Branch, Tyshawn Sorey and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features 2023 releases from the Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra, Jaimie Branch, and Tyshawn Sorey as well as older music from Herbie Nichols, Chet Baker, and others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Claudia ...


Article: Album Review

Mark Lewandowski: A Bouquet (for Lady Day)

Read "A Bouquet (for Lady Day)" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A regular in the Mingus Big Band and Wynton Marsalis' quartet, New York-based Mark Lewandowski has won numerous awards for his sonorous double bass playing, which can be appreciated in settings as diverse as John Zorn's The Book of Beri'ah (Tzadik Records, 2018) and Joe Chamber's Dance Kobina (Blue Note Records, 2022). As a leader, Lewandowski ...


Article: Liner Notes

Wondering: Harvie S and Roni Ben-Hur featuring Sylvia Cuenca

Read "Wondering: Harvie S and Roni Ben-Hur featuring Sylvia Cuenca" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Though it may seem to be shrouded in mystery, there's a clear explanation for the dovetailing dynamic and palpable chemistry between guitarist Roni Ben-Hur and bassist Harvie S. “We listen intently and we play with a lot of generosity toward each other," shares the noted six-stringer. Believe it or not, it's as simple--and sophisticated--as that.


Article: Album Review

Harvie S, Roni Ben-Hur with Sylvia Cuenca: Wondering

Read "Wondering" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One of the drawbacks of being a consummate sideman is that it can be hard to find time for one's own projects as a leader. That is certainly the case for bassist Harvie S who, in a long career, has distinguished himself with superb work in support of Sheila Jordan, Don Friedman, Alan Broadbent, and many ...


Article: New York Beat

Eric Reed Quartet at Smoke

Read "Eric Reed Quartet at Smoke" reviewed by Nick Catalano

A garrulous Eric Reed traveled from his teaching gig at the University of Tennessee to lead a quartet at Smoke on March 9, 2023. Before the first set began Reed delivered lengthy commentary on Miles Davis, Benny Golson and the recently deceased Wayne Shorter, and included compositions by the latter two in the opening set. His ...


Article: Album Review

Pandelis Karayorgis Trio: The Hasaan, Hope & Monk Project

Read "The Hasaan, Hope & Monk Project" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Thelonious Monk is quoted as saying, “the piano ain't got no wrong notes." He most certainly said this in response to the criticism of his approach to both composing and performance. In what sounds blasphemous today, critics and other musicians in the early days of bebop flat out said he couldn't play. Perhaps the lesson here ...

Article: Album Review

Michaël Attias, Simon Nabatov: Brooklyn Mischiefs

Read "Brooklyn Mischiefs" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato all'iBeam di Brooklyn il 6 luglio del 2014 e riemerso dagli archivi nel corso della pandemia, questo album documenta una fortunata serata di improvvisazione tra il pianista di origini moscovite Simon Nabatov e il sassofonista contralto israeliano Michaël Attias, un “primo incontro" tra due artisti usi a muoversi su territori accidentati e inesplorati.


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