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Joe Fonda

Joe Fonda is a composer, bassist, recording artist, interdisciplinary performer, and producer. An accomplished international Jazz artist, Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and as a side man with Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Mark Whitecage, Marion Brown, and Bill Dixon. Fonda was the bassist with the renowned Anthony Braxton sextet, octet, tentet, from 1984 through 1999. Fonda also sat on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1999, and was the President from 1997 to 1999 of the newly formed Tri-Centric Foundation

Prism

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: F.J.D.; Prism; Listen to Dr. Cornell West; Variation on a Master Plan; Sal’s Song; The Bee; Zeit Lupe.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell: How To turn the Moon

Read "How To turn the Moon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of piano jazz might have a preference for the trio format—piano/bass/drums. Or they might like their piano straight, no chaser, with solo piano sets. There is no shortage of trio and solo recordings floating around for our listening enjoyment. But two pianos? Rare, though not unheard of. Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays offered up the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Conference Call: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

During the roiling twenty years that Conference Call has willfully crisscrossed the broad Atlantic, the individual drummers haven't participated in all of the round trips. The pre-2020 drummer rotation was Matt Wilson, who left the band prior to its first tour in 2001 to prep for the delivery of triplets, Han Bennink, George Schuller, and Gerry ...

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Painted By Moonlight

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Label: Long Song Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 04:12

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More 2019 Favourites

Read "More 2019 Favourites" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a continued look at 2019 favourites in this edition (the entire first segment, then random thereafter), but some new releases have filtered in as well: drummer Jeff Davis and a great band debut The Fastness, while clarinetist Aaron Novik continues a string of new albums, and one of the premier avant-garde trios--George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Uwe Oberg, Joe Fonda, Lucía Martínez: Relight

Read "Relight" reviewed by John Sharpe

The presence of bassist Joe Fonda guarantees an outward bound listen which still has some foothold in conventional tonality. On Relight, he joins a multinational threesome completed by German pianist Uwe Oberg and Berlin-based Spanish drummer Lucía Martínez, which stakes its claim at the confluence of jazz and free improvisation, in a concert from the 2019 ...

Four

Label: Long Song Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Painted By Moonlight; Diamonds in the Rough; Cannot Do More; Gift From Billy; The Wind as it Bends; Stars in Complete Darkness; We Meet as 3.

New Origin

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Read This; Surely Attended; African Roll Mops; Berceuse; For Perry; Broken Shadows; Song For My Mother; Gastronomy; ZCNSY; Me; Platte Cove; Cosmonosis.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The human voice was the first musical instrument and many of my favorite releases of the past year show how powerful the voice can be, whether the singer is in a choir, part of an instrumental ensemble or leading the band. Of course there were also many purely instrumental releases that were outstanding as well.


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