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John Blevins

Born in Michigan, raised in Indiana, and now home in New York City, trumpeter and composer John Blevins has performed and/or recorded with Matterhorn, Line of Sight, Wing Walker Orchestra, Drew Williams Nonet, Cerebral People Project, Festival of New Trumpet Music, Trumpet City, Out of Your Head Brooklyn, iconiQ: The Soundtrack Orchestra, Noah & the MegaFauna, Spirit Animal, Morningsiders, Atomic Funk Project, Brooks Frederickson, Leave a Lasting Mark, and Actionplay among others. John's latest original project, MATTERHORN, released its debut album on pfMENTUM records in November 2015

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Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases

Read "Michael Formanek Live plus new and forthcoming releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


In this edition of the show there are lots of new and forthcoming releases including music from the Orbit577, Edition Records and ears&eyes labels. I am also continuing my exploration of the back catalogue of Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. The main focus of the show is new work from impressive guitarist Dan Pitt, and, a fascinating ...

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New Releases from Felice Clemente, Jorma Tapio, Øyvind Skarbø and More!

Read "New Releases from Felice Clemente, Jorma Tapio, Øyvind Skarbø and More!" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week I have a selection of new releases from Europe with music from Finland with Jorma Tapio, from Norway with Øyvind Skarbø and friends, and Russian jazzers BROM. I am also focusing on an excellent solo album from Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. There's some Latin sounds from Bocana and John Finbury and to round things ...

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Wing Walker Orchestra: Hazel

Read "Hazel" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Giovani orchestratori s'affacciano di continuo sulla scena jazzistica statunitense, con opere a volte sconcertanti come questa ma comunque originali e degne di attenzione. Leader della Wing Walker Orchestra è Drew Williams, trentenne clarinetto basso proveniente da una cittadina del Missouri, diplomato in composizione jazz a New York, dove ha studiato con Ralph Alessi, Rich Perry e ...

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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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Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More

Read "Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Exactly one day after the funeral of his beloved wife, and urged by friends and family, Polish saxophonist Leszek Żądło along with bassist Andrzej Cudzich and drummer Janusz Stefański entered Studio Stebo in Krakow, Poland in 1995 and recorded some very emotional and powerful music. Finally released, that recording is the feature on this week's episode ...

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Matterhorn

Label: pfMentum
Released: 2016
Track listing: Identity Theft; Unaware; Brink; Nascent; Little Dickens; See; Breathe; Hear; See (alternate take).

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Andrew McAnsh: Illustrations

Read "Illustrations" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Its liner notes, song titles, and cover art liberally peppered with references to Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism, Andrew McAnsh's debut recording, Illustrations was inspired by the young trumpeter / composer's journeys through the Land of the Rising Sun. However, McAnsh's original compositions--far from displaying any direct influences of Japanese ethnic music--are relentlessly hard-hitting modern jazz ...

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John Blevins: Matterhorn

Read "Matterhorn" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Convincente album d'esordio (prodotto dal Kneebody Shane Endsley) di un ottetto/nonetto capitanato dal trombettista e compositore John Blevins, giovane musicista attivo nel jazz, nel funk, nel folk-rock, nella classica contemporanea e presenza costante nei circuiti underground newyorchesi. Matterhorn riunisce giovani musicisti, alcuni già in evidenza con album da leader come la pianista Marta Sanchez, qui impegnata ...

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John Blevins: Matterhorn

Read "Matterhorn" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Back in the 1960s, when the music now commonly known as fusion was called “jazz-rock," the earliest bands to get plastered with said label were essentially funk and rock rhythm sections--guitar, bass, keys and drums, plus or minus congas--with a lead singer and a jazzy horn section tacked on. Think Blood Sweat and Tears, or Tower ...


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