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Saxophonists, Classic and Contemporary

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This show features a wide variety of saxophonists, both as soloists and bandleaders. It includes iconic players like Stan Getz and Roscoe Mitchell as well as today's stars with Melissa Aldana and Miguel Zenon. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

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Mostly Newer Music Plus Some Older Tunes

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This show has a lot of music released in the early part of 2022 plus a few older tracks. Trombones, flutes and vocals are featured. Artists heard on the show include Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini, Bobby Zankel, Gordon Grdina, Roswell Rudd, Emile Parisien and the Scott Silbert Big Band.Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I ...

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Six of the Best

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Here are some thoughts on six recent quality jazz releases of varying types. Malcolm Earle Smith Vocal Intent Self Produced 2022 British musician Malcom Earle Smith is a trombonist by trade but on this album, he confines himself to vocals with pleasing results. His light, swinging voice ...

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Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others

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This is a largely quieter and more contemplative show featuring a variety of artists such as Alex Coke, Bill Evans, Steve Slagle and Jeanne Lee. 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 Steve Slagle “The Heart ...

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Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Mesmerism

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In the '60s, it was common to criticize avant-garde jazz musicians by saying they could not swing. Drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey has travelled far beyond mainstream jazz through his “new music" composing and collaborations with other cutting edge musicians such as Vijay Iyer and Roscoe Mitchell. Now he confounds expectations by leading a piano trio ...

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Classic Jazz, Past and Present

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From May 2021, a show of all pre-bebop classic jazz, performed by musicians from that era as well as more recent players. Some of the performers on the show are Ethel Waters, Artie Shaw, Manhattan Transfer, Maryann Price, Louis Armstrong and Turk Murphy with Lord Buckley. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till ...

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Article: Album Review

Dan Schnelle: Shine Thru

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Dan Schnelle is a drummer on the Los Angeles music scene who has played in a lot of contexts. That is reflected in his first album which delves into different shades of jazz-rock with traces of exotica and electronic music in the margins. “Unknown Territory" and “Spaceman Spiff" are angular pieces that spotlight ...

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Trios, Duos and Solos

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This show focuses mainly on the smallest units of jazz interaction, trios and duos, with a couple of solo performances thrown in along the way. Artists heard on the program include Matthew Shipp, the collective trio Air, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Adam Larson and Bill Frisell. There is also a special mention of bassist Charnett Moffett, who passed ...

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MC3: Sounds of the City

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MC3, a British trio led by guitarist Matt Clark, explores variations on the tradition of British free improvisation which have a more user-friendly form than normally heard in this music. That is largely due to Clark himself, who mostly plays twangy chords and melodic riffs instead of the disruptive stabs and skronks favored by pioneering British ...

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Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

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This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...


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