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Ken Thomson

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Ken Thomson is a staple of New York City’s contemporary music and jazz communities, and is widely regarded for his ability to blend a rich variety of influences and styles into his own musical language while maintaining a voice unmistakably his own. Embracing the combination of complexity in harmony, rhythm, and form while adding a punk-rock aesthetic, Thomson has carved out a unique corner in today’s multifaceted musical world. As a performer-composer bridging jazz and contemporary music, Thomson has released two albums with his group Slow/Fast. The most recent of these, Settle, was praised by the New York Times for its “intricate long-form compositions,” and garnered a five-star review in All About Jazz

Album

America at War

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: March on Washington; Yellowcake; My Father in Nagasaki; The Vultures of Afghanistan; Requiem for an Unknown; Soldier; Gratitude; Honor Song; Day After Tomorrow; Stupid, Pointless, Heartless Drug Wars.

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Article: Album Review

Joel Harrison: America at War

Read "America at War" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


"È tutta la vita che il mio paese conduce tragiche e futili invasioni straniere. Ho sentito che dovevo scrivere su questo fatto, infondere nella mia nuova musica la sua dolorosa eredità." Queste riflessioni aprono il nuovo disco di Joel Harrison, ritornato a sette anni di distanza da Infinite Possibility a guidare un ensemble orchestrale.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gregor Huebner, Alexandra Grimal and a focus on Anna Webber

Read "Gregor Huebner, Alexandra Grimal and a focus on Anna Webber" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Stunning new Cuban Jazz with a political message from Gregor Huebner, exciting new sounds from Alexandra Grimal and a focus on the work of Anna Webber dominate a show of mixed styles and emotions. Playlist Gregor Huebner “Equinox" from El Violin Latino Vol. 3 : Los Soñadores (Zoho) 00:00 Alexandra Grimal “Meltemi" from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more

Read "Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week's episode of Neon Jazz opens with At the Edge of the World, the latest album by gifted New York City-based jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg. During the rest of the episode we feature music ranging from the feisty veteran Betty Carter to the richly talented Kansas City saxophonist Ernest Melton from his highly anticipated album ...

Album

Sextet

Label: New Focus Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Gyorgy Ligeti: Passacaglia Ungherese (5:21); 2. Misery Is The New Hope (5:48); 3. Icebreaker (7:33); 4. Resolve (10:26); 5. Helpless (7:36); 6. Turn Around (8:29); 7. Phantom Vibration Syndrome (9:25)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dave Douglas, Ken Thomson and More

Read "Dave Douglas, Ken Thomson and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we look back at the fantastic live recordings from the Dave Douglas Brazen Heart band live at The Jazz Standard. Also featured the new album from Ken Thomson and a further look at the work of Jerry Bergonzi. In between a selection of new and archive material. Playlist Andrew Cyrille “Worried ...

Album

Restless

Label: Cantaloupe Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: [SIDE A] RESTLESS for cello and piano 1. Restless 2. Forge 3. Remain Untold 4. Lost [SIDE B] ME VS. for piano solo 4. Turn of Phrase 5. Another Second Try 6. Me Vs.

Album

Settle

Label: NCM East
Released: 2014
Track listing: Settle; We Are Not All In This Together; Welding for Freedom; Spring; Bend Towards Light; Coda.

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Article: Album Review

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast: Settle

Read "Settle" reviewed by Dave Wayne


There are ways to get to know people really well, really quickly. Many of these fall under the general category: “challenge them, somehow." For a certain time of my life this meant: “go camping with them." Really. If you go camping with a group of people, you will find out a lot about them in a ...


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