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Sometimes it takes an extraordinary talent to inspire an unprecedented piece of music. For Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra, the epiphany struck in the midst of a tenor saxophone solo by James Carter, who was appearing as the featured soloist with legendary soprano Kathleen Battle. Long fascinated by the horn, Sierra immediately realized he had encountered a master capable of playing anything he could imagine. Working closely with Carter over several months, he composed a four-part concerto that seamlessly integrates the forms and harmonic language of contemporary classical music, Latin rhythms, and jazz’s improvisational imperative

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

From Tony Bennett to Mehmet Ali Sanlikol

Read "From Tony Bennett to Mehmet Ali Sanlikol" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show is a mixture of vocals, flutes, Middle Eastern jazz, and much more. Artists heard on the show include Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Tony Bennett, Myra Melford, Lew Tabackin, and Cal Tjader. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley


Dom Omladine / MTS Dvorana Belgrade, SerbiaOctober 24-29, 2023 Following the financial turbulence of 2022's Belgrade Jazz Festival, this year's edition, the 39th, resounded with a sturdier sureness, getting back to a confident momentum. Its programme was as reliably impressive as ever, particularly in the quality of its international bookings. We ...

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Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 1998-2000

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 1998-2000" reviewed by Robert Middleton


The recurring theme in the fifth installment of 72 Jazz Thrillers is Middle Eastern music represented by John Zorn's Bar Kokhba Sextet, Either/Orchestra's Ethiopian Suite, and Mark Gross's Riddle of the Sphinx. Middle Eastern music often features complex rhythmic patterns, such as compound time signatures and intricate polyrhythms. Jazz musicians have drawn inspiration from these rhythms, ...

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: Reed Rapture in Brooklyn

Read "Reed Rapture in Brooklyn" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz


Is this album fundamentally unreviewable? Are there jazz fans who do not immediately know if they need an 11-hour collection of 103 improvised duets between Ivo Perelman and a dozen saxophonists and clarinetists? It is at least describable. Perelman is faithful to his tenor, while his partners bring examples of nearly every type ...

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Article: Film Review

Reed Rapture In Brooklyn

Read "Reed Rapture In Brooklyn" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Ivo PerelmanReed Rapture in Brooklyn Mahakala 2023 Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman is a restless innovator with a prolific output. Recorded in 2021, his magnum opus, the 12-disc box set Reed Rapture in Brooklyn (Mahakala, 2022), is a set of improvised duets with a dozen masters of the woodwinds. Versatile and award-winning ...

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Article: Album Review

Patrick Brennan Sonic Openings: Tilting Curvaceous

Read "Tilting Curvaceous" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The quintet project Tilting Curvaceous is saxophonist/composer Patrick Brennan's sixth leader/co-leader date since the late 1990s. His duo recording Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019) with guitarist Abdul Moimême demonstrated a strong affinity for free improvisation within unconventional settings and uncommon concepts. Brennan is joined by trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder. The native New Yorker has ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Turre: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Dave Linn


Generations is a wonderful exploration of the bop and post-bop era. Steve Turre both looks back to his roots while encouraging the next generation of musicians to find their voice. It's a position he's eminently qualified for, considering the artists he has played with and his tenure as a long-time jazz educator. Trombone players ...

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Article: Book Review

Decades of Worldwide Promotion By the Man in the Room

Read "Decades of Worldwide Promotion By the Man in the Room" reviewed by Arthur R George


A Life In Music Wulf Müller 384 Pages ISBN: # 9798353190752 Amazon Direct Publishing2022 Working in Europe and facilitating jazz internationally, Wulf Müller reveals himself in his autobiography A Life in Music (Amazon Direct Publishing, 2022) as a man who for 40 years was in the rooms where ...

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Article: Catching Up With

José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male

Read "José James: Why The Female Of The Species Is Groovier Than The Male" reviewed by Peter Jones


Jazz singer José James considers Erykah Badu to be the Joni Mitchell of his generation, a woman who has constructed a world of her own in order to tell her own alternative story. To prove the point, earlier this year he released On & On (Rainbow Blonde), a whole album of Badu songs, which he has ...


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