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Article: Radio

Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

Read "Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers.

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Article: Radio

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

Read "Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

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Article: Album Review

Irek Wojtczak & The Fonda-Stevens Group: Folk Five

Read "Folk Five" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Polish jazz has a long history, and includes many more players than the widely known Tomasz Stanko or Krzysztof Komeda. A deeper, and much earlier influence than American jazz coming to Poland is that of the folk music indigenous to Poland itself. Reedman (saxophones and bass clarinet) Irek Wojtczak, arguably a free player, relates ...


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