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Kahil El'Zabar

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Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El'Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. Indeed El'Zabar is a true "Renaissance Man," with a musical style and content that flows from ancient Africa to the modern world. In his own words, "The spirit of one's approach comes first before the technical. All the facility in the world with nothing that comes from the heart doesn't make good music. The basis of the strength of any artistic evolution has come from ethnicity." Even though he is fully grounded in the history and music of his African American community, he has taken his studies deeper, ingeniously incorporating African music and instrumentation, producing a unique and wonderfully engaging sound

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Saxophonists, Classic and Contemporary

Read "Saxophonists, Classic and Contemporary" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features a wide variety of saxophonists, both as soloists and bandleaders. It includes iconic players like Stan Getz and Roscoe Mitchell as well as today's stars with Melissa Aldana and Miguel Zenon. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

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A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Here are some of the tunes that we have loved the most during these first six months of the year. Surely there are tens more of equal value, but this is not a scientific exercise... rather, since jazz is all about living in the moment, we made our selections based on the strong, and lasting, impression ...

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21 Standards on Tap

Read "21 Standards on Tap" reviewed by David Brown


What makes a song a standard? How does a tune enter the commonly shared repertoire that jazz musicians have been expected to know at any moment? Tonight, we spin a variety of well-worn standards for your listening pleasure. Sonny Rollins once said, “Jazz and standards are forever locked in loving embrace." Some commentary in this episode ...

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David Murray, Brad Jones, Hamid Drake: Brand New World Trio

Read "Brand New World Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto


David Murray's Brave New World Trio is certainly a dream team of modern jazz. The only explanation for why the saxophonist, bassist Brad Jones and drummer Hamid Drake have not toured and recorded together in the past is that each musician is in high demand as leader or sideman. It took a worldwide pandemic, with each ...

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Kahil El'Zabar, Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Peter Somuah, Kevin Eubanks & More New Releases

Read "Kahil El'Zabar, Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Peter Somuah, Kevin Eubanks & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Music from garages, cyberspace and outer space, tributes and collaborations, and all around good energy in this set...Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Wolcott Curran Collective “Any Number of Things" Any Number of Things—Single (Clockwork) 0:16 Host talks 4:18 Kahil El'Zabar Quartet “Eddie Harris" A ...

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Eddie Harris - Harmonic Genius, solos form Jeff Parker & Patrick Shiroisk, and Christian McBride

Read "Eddie Harris - Harmonic Genius, solos form Jeff Parker & Patrick Shiroisk, and Christian McBride" reviewed by David Brown


Multi-layered solo works from Jeff Parker and Patrick Shiroishi, quartets & big bands from both Jared Schonig & Toshiko Akiyoshi; then a tribute to harmonic genius Eddie Harris; and finally, Christian McBride in Trio, and the Inside Straight. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each ...

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A Soulful Serving of Big John Patton, Philly platters from Sonic Liberation Front, Johnathan Blake & more

Read "A Soulful Serving of Big John Patton, Philly platters from Sonic Liberation Front, Johnathan Blake & more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a soulful serving of Hammond B3 platters from Big John Patton to Gloria Coleman and Shirley Scott. New releases form Philly's Sonic Liberation Front, drummer Johnathan Blake and a Nobel Force from Jazzmeia Horn. All platters come with two sides. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the ...

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Wendy Eisenberg, Matthew Halsall, Craig Taborn, Sara Schoenbeck & Other New Releases

Read "Wendy Eisenberg, Matthew Halsall, Craig Taborn, Sara Schoenbeck & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spiritual jazz, spirited jazz and creative jazz in this playlist, which offers a pretty good case study on why jazz is often described as the “sound of surprise." Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Various Artists “Black and Blue (feat. Common)" A Gift to ...

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Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch

Read "Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Many jazz musicians in Poland consider playing and/or recording the music of Poland's father of jazz, Krzysztof Komeda, a rite of passage. A similar feeling exists with most jazz musicians anywhere about the music of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and more. This episode features some recordings that follow that path. Saxophonist Dan Willis tackles ...


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