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Jon Irabagon

Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, has performed extensively as both a sideman and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects, from the most straight ahead to the most searching. Jon has studied under such divergent artists as Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Jason Moran and Victor Goines, and has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries such as Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis, Bright Eyes, Tom Harrell, Tommy Iago, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Deborah Gibson, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, Wycliffe Gordon, Renee Fleming, Kenny Washington, Lou Reed, Jenny Lewis, Ron Sexsmith, and Ken Vandermark

What's Next (Uptown Jazz Tentet)

Label: Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Uptown Bass Hit 3:58 2. What's Next 7:33 3. SKJ 5:55 4. Change 6:42 5. Bramblin' 5:41 6. Pursue 5:22 7. Mance's Dance 7:00 8. Infant Eyes 7:02 9. In a Sentimental Mood 4:30 10. Voyage 6:20

Resist

Label: Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resist; Seeds; Varscona; Resist the Middle; Ever Onward.

Resist

Label: Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resist; Seeds 11; Varscona; Resist the Middle; Ever Onward.

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Resist the Middle

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Label: Irabbagast Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 8:27

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Rudy Royston: PaNOptic

Read "PaNOptic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like many jazz musicians in 2020, drummer/composer Rudy Royston has felt the direct effects of living in the coronavirus world. The Texas native, now a New Jersey resident, found his streams of income drying up without gigs, but then experienced a fortunate twist of fate that stood him up. Head above water, the artist pays it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Patrick Brennan/Maria do Mar/Ernesto Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Hernâni Faustino/Abdul Moimême: The Sudden Bird of Waiting

Read "The Sudden Bird of Waiting" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Portuguese violist Ernesto Rodriques has appeared as a leader/co-leader on almost two-hundred recordings. He has recorded with The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the Luso-Scandinavian Avant Music Orchestra, and several other ensembles. Rodriques was in Lisbon in 2018 when Portuguese native Abdul Moimême and American saxophonist Patrick Brennan were recording their duo venture Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019). ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gordon Grdina Septet: Resist

Read "Resist" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It takes a leap of unconditional faith to enter wholly the resistance. A mindset steadied for the long haul, readied for the next. On his third, integral, must-listen-to release of 2020, Canadian oudist/guitarist/composer Gordon Grdina grandly, darkly, intently, espouses all that and more. Hellbent on creating art as a political act, the sprawling, at times majestic ...

Gordon Grdina: Singular and Prolific

Read "Gordon Grdina: Singular and Prolific" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gordon Grdina continues his singular and prolific career path with not one but two different recordings conducted with two separate musical ensembles. Accurate and vivid reflections of his eclectic mix of what is, in simplest terms, mainstream jazz, free/improv and Arabic music. Nomad Trio and Resist also build upon his background as protégé of jazz great ...

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Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries

Read "Andrew Bain: On Playing With(out) Boundaries" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scottish drummer and educator Andrew Bain has performed in a wide variety of projects, from playing with Dave Liebman during his years with the Guildhall School of Music Jazz Orchestra, or collaborating with the late Kenny Wheeler to having taken part in joint efforts with the likes of late pianist John Taylor and other modern British ...


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