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Joni Mitchell as a musical artist, has been restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk styling into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the 1980s and 1990s by over a decade. Fiercely independent, her work steadfastly resisted the whims of both mainstream audiences and the male-dominated recording industry. While Mitchell's records never sold in the same numbers enjoyed by contemporaries, none experimented so recklessly with their artistic identities or so bravely explored territory outside of the accepted confines of pop music, resulting in a creative legacy which paved the way for performers in a broad range of genres to cover her songs. Born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada, on November 7, 1943, she was stricken with polio at the age of nine; while recovering in a children's hospital, she began her performing career by singing to the other patients

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Judy Wexler: Back to the Garden

Read "Back to the Garden" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Man, if you can pick a tougher project to sell to an aging Boomer than Judy Wexler's Back to the Garden, then you will have to say what it might be. For a lot of the Swinging and Breathing Elderly, this music is intensely personal. Not just where were you, or who were you with? But ...

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Take Five with Kari Kirkland

Read "Take Five with Kari Kirkland" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kari Kirkland Kari Kirkland's debut album 'Wild is the Wind' was produced and arranged by four-time Grammy©-nominee, pianist, composer, and arranger Shelly Berg. He assembled an impressive cast of players for the recording: legendary guitarist Dean Parks, Kevin Axt (Tierney Sutton) on bass, and drummer Gregg Field (Frank Sinatra), with Berg himself on piano. The ...

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Article: Radio

A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1

Read "A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Charles Mingus would have turned 99 years old on 22 April 2021. So with a year ahead of his centennial celebration we've decided to focus this edition of Mondo Jazz on Mingus as a composer, featuring some of the best renditions of his most memorable compositions.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Ella Fitzgerald

Read "New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from saxophonist Berta Moreno, bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb, guitarist George Gilliam and pianist/vocalist Lauren Lee with birthday shoutouts to Ella Fitzgerald, Roxy Coss, Charles Mingus, Alan Broadbent, Lara Downes and Kendra Shank, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of ...

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Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi

Read "Alessandro Sgobbio: la musica come viaggio verso sé stessi" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Non capita spesso di potersi confrontare con musicisti dal profondo livello culturale e dalla caratura internazionale di Alessandro Sgobbio. A pochi mesi dall'uscita di Transparence, disco d'esordio del quartetto Hitra, abbiamo avuto la fortuna di poter discutere con il pianista di origini pugliesi dei temi e delle idee all'origine dei suoi progetti passati, presenti e futuri, ...

Article: Album Review

Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra: Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra

Read "Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dare al lettore—nel breve spazio di una recensione—l'idea del contenuto e del valore (in un giudizio ovviamente soggettivo) di un album spinge a usare tutte quelle classificazioni nate per orientarci. In poche parole, creare delle mappe è utile ma se il territorio è ricco di elementi diversi si rischia di usare etichette fuorvianti. ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: March 2021

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: March 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara


In need of an extra ray of sunshine, or perhaps feeling good already and looking for something that'll suit? Fortunately this month's roundup (slightly belated or not) should more than have you covered. Philippe Lemm Trio First Steps Outside In Music 2021 Where it might be natural enough ...

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Take Five with Joanie Pallatto

Read "Take Five with Joanie Pallatto" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Joanie Pallatto In February 2021, the Chicago Music Awards bestowed Joanie Pallatto with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Music Industry. Described by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune as having “a stirring and special voice," Joanie Pallatto is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. ...

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Article: Album Review

Matthews Southern Comfort: The New Mine

Read "The New Mine" reviewed by Doug Collette


In hindsight, Matthews Southern Comfort's Like A Radio (MIG Music, 2018) seems to have foretold the gloom and doom of the 2020 pandemic. But the fifth album under that moniker (not counting numerous anthologies and live LPs) also spoke to the positivism of change, i.e., streaming music is 'like a radio,' but also decidedly not the ...


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