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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

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Long Tall Sunshine

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Long Tall Sunshine; The 3Dom Factor; Irina; Be Out S’Cool; Martin’s Stew.

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Me And The Devil

Label: Long Song Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tizville; Me And The Devil Blues ; Hendrix Lane Long; Seven Seas Crossing; Get Some Love; Spanish Moon; Nothing Matters.

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Le Gros Cube #2

Label: Yolk Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: À la bougie; Ping-pong; Arcane XV — Le diable; Arcane XVIII — Le soleil; Le mort joyeux; Beauty and Sadness ii; Le chemin (vertueux); L’oiseau qu’on voit chante sa plainte; Arcane XXII — Le mat; Le cercle.

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: Mayan Space Station

Read "Mayan Space Station" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The immediate impact of the recording Mayan Space Station is that of a sheer out-and-out physicality presented by this music. While it is obvious the musicians—guitarist Ava Mendoza, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver—are engaged in the nonautomatic operation of their respective musical instruments, their Herculean efforts are conspicuous. While rarely recognized, credit must be ...

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Article: Album Review

The J. & F. Band: Me And The Devil

Read "Me And The Devil" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We are back to the whippin' post with Me And The Devil, the fourth Allman Brothers-inspired release from Long Song Records, and the third by The J&F Band; and while it is far from being a guilty pleasure, the music does beg to be heard at high volume. In 2016, drummer Tiziano Tononi, bassist ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Julien Desprez

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Julien Desprez" reviewed by Martin Longley


It might seem that the Parisian guitarist Julien Desprez has made a recent storming of the jazz and improvisation scenes. He did make lightning moves and sounds at Jazzfest Berlin and the Moers Festival in 2018 and '19, but Desprez was active nearly a decade ago—though enjoying a much lower profile. He even toured the UK ...

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Article: Album Review

Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor feat. Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda: Long Tall Sunshine

Read "Long Tall Sunshine" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The fourth release by Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, Long Tall Sunshine, evokes (in a weird way) the lyrics to “Helter Skelter" by The Beatles: “When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride Till ...

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Article: Album Review

Ricardo Pinheiro with Theo Bleckmann and Mônica Salmaso: Caruma

Read "Caruma" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Ricardo Pinheiro is a Portuguese guitarist, composer and educator. He has a dozen previous recordings to his credit and leader or co-leader status on the majority of those projects. His music has covered ambient, electronic, bop, jazz standards, and jazz/poetry hybrids. Pinheiro, a Berklee alumnus, has recorded and played with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Chris Cheek, ...

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Article: Radio

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, Samuel Blaser & Pia Hernandez

Read "Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger, Samuel Blaser & Pia Hernandez" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Coping with the pandemic has come in many forms for musicians. Bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger decided to host a weekly streaming session where they played and commented on the world as it was happening in their NYC apartment. They culled an album's worth of music from the series and have now released it ...


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