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Jeff Ballard grew up in Santa Cruz, California. He recalls when he was a child laying in bed listening to the music his father would play every weekend: Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Sergio Mendez, Oscar Peterson, Milton Nascimento; how he loved the sound and the speed of Ed Thigpen’s brushes on the snare. “I remember feeling the power of a Basie big band shout chorus which would then suddenly disappear into some quiet dancing riff. It was the swing in it, which excited me the most. I also remember how it felt traveling thru sounds of the jungle in a Milton Nascimento record

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Wolfgang Muthspiel at Porgy & Bess: Live at Last!

Read "Wolfgang Muthspiel at Porgy & Bess: Live at Last!" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Wolfgang Muthspiel Porgy & Bess Vienna May 30, 2020 Originally, all events at the Porgy & Bess jazz club in Vienna had been cancelled for public attendance until the end of August—out of precaution in light of the Coronavirus. In adaption to the horrendous circumstances for any cultural lieu of gathering, ...

Fairgrounds

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Grounds Entrance; Yeah Pete!; The Man's Gone; I Saw A Movie; Hit The Dirt; Twelv8; Marche Exotique; Grungy Brew; Miro; Soft Rock; Cherokee Rose.

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Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

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Chick Corea: Trilogy 2

Read "Trilogy 2" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In his restless and adventurous sixty year career, Chick Corea has presented his music in a myriad of assemblages, from sideman to leader, solo, duo, quartet, quintet, fusion, traditional, classical, flamenco, world music, etc. And bless him for it. But if truth be told, perhaps the time tested piano trio is the truest representation of his ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio all'Auditorium Parco della Musica

Read "Brad Mehldau Trio all'Auditorium Parco della Musica" reviewed by Serena Antinucci

Brad Mehldau Trio Auditorium Parco della Musica Roma 3.10.2019 Chi sa com'era Brad Mehldau a 20 anni? Me lo sono chiesta più volte durante il concerto. Se non fosse perché il mio vicino di poltrona, un emozionato signore di mezza età, prima che iniziasse la performance del Trio di Mehldau, mi ...

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On Miles' (not so) Silent Way

Read "On Miles' (not so) Silent Way" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On 30 July 1969 Miles Davis released In a Silent Way. After influencing generations of musicians, its tracks continue to sound as modern 50 years later as when they were first recorded. This week we celebrate the musical trail blazed by that seminal album by focusing on musicians that have embraced Miles' electric ...

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Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More

Read "Blue Note 50ths, American Pianists Association Winners & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A light schedule of Blue Note 50th anniversaries this month: Hank Mobley's The Flip. But we missed a Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra recording (originally on Solid State but reissued on Blue Note) last month due to an error in our working discography. So, we feature album that as well. To celebrate Blue Note's 80th anniversary, ...

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Jochen Rückert Quartet at Hong Kong Arts Centre

Read "Jochen Rückert Quartet at Hong Kong Arts Centre" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Jochen Rückert Quartet with Lage Lund, Mark Turner and Matt Penman Hong Kong Arts Centre Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong June 17, 2019 Jochen Rückert's career has clearly shifted up a gear. “I recently joined the class of professional artists that always travels with a permanent marker," the ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio A Cremona Jazz 2019

Read "Brad Mehldau Trio A Cremona Jazz 2019" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard Cremona Jazz Auditorium Arvedi Cremona 14.05.2019 Cerebrale ed emozionale, colto e pop. Brad Mehldau in concerto con il suo trio è proprio come ce lo si aspetta. La bolla in cui il pianista statunitense—con Larry Grenadier al contrabbasso e Jeff Ballard alla batteria—si ...


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