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Jon Gordon

A native New Yorker, saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon was born into a musical family and began playing at age ten. In addition to private saxophone studies he attended Performing Arts High School and won numerous competitions, among them the Julius Grossman, the Goldman Band and the Performing Arts Concerto competition. This led to performances as a soloist with the Grossman orchestra, Goldman Band and the Performing Arts Orchestra. In his mid-teens Jon’s love for Jazz began to bloom?"he began sitting in regularly with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil and started lessons with Phil Woods. From 1984-88 he attended Manhattan School of Music

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Stranger Than Fiction

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pointillism; Havens; Stranger Than Fiction; Dance; Sunyasin; Counterpoint; Bella; Modality; Steps; Waking Dream.

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Jon Gordon: Stranger Than Fiction

Read "Stranger Than Fiction" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Più noto come eccellente sax contralto e leader di un apprezzato quartetto, Jon Gordon torna a incidere un disco orchestrale per la ArtistShare, dopo l'album Evolution del lontano 2009. Registrato nel mezzo della pandemia, con tutte le difficoltà e restrizioni che sappiamo, il nuovo lavoro rinnova la collaborazione col trombonista e arrangiatore Alan Ferber che partecipa ...

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Jon Gordon: Stranger Than Fiction

Read "Stranger Than Fiction" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Jon Gordon's superb 13th release as a leader, Stranger Than Fiction, consists of 10 cinematic and captivating originals. Gordon leads a large ensemble of mostly Canadian musicians through his vibrantly textured compositions. The focus is more on dynamic interplay of different band members and orchestral segments than on individual expressions. There are, however, brilliantly virtuosic ...

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New Music and Archive Classics

Read "New Music and Archive Classics" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we'll feature brand new releases plus some classic Blue Note sounds from 1957 and British Jazz from 1966. You'll hear Jon Gordon, Lisa Hilton, Marc Johnson, Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra, Caroline Davis, Curtis Fuller, Kazemde George, Roy Campbell, Strange Winds and Alex Norris.Playlist Alex Pope Norris “Fleet ...

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Jon Gordon: Stranger Than Fiction

Read "Stranger Than Fiction" reviewed by Jack Bowers


New York-bred alto saxophonist Jon Gordon has come a long way since he was hailed as something of a prodigy in the mid-1980s and earned first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1996. The music performed by Gordon's nonet on Stranger Than Fiction, we are told, “reflects [his] realization that reality takes ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Frank Kimbrough: A Musical Portrait, Part 2

Read "Frank Kimbrough: A Musical Portrait, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of the musical world of Frank Kimbrough through his works as leader, co-leader, sideman in groups of long-time collaborators and in live unreleased recordings. For the part 1, click here. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Frank Kimbrough, Lucas Pino “The Spins" Live at ...

Album

Change Of Plans

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Burning Bridges; In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning; Echo Chamber; Guiding Light; I Love You; Out of the Ashes; Bullet with Butterfly Wings; Downpour

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Guiding Light

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 06:19

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Mike Holober: Hiding Out

Read "Hiding Out" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Un decennio dopo Quake (Sunnyside 2009), l'arrangiatore e bandleader Mike Holober riporta sotto i riflettori la newyorchese Gotham Jazz Orchestra in uno scintillante doppio compact che raccoglie due ricercate composizioni ("Flow" in tre movimenti, “Hiding Out" in cinque) e tre brani medio-lunghi (tra cui il delizioso “Caminhos Cruzados" di Jobim in due versioni). Come ...


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