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Kenny Wollesen

Drummer Kenny Wolleson performed on over 30 recordings during the 1990s and, as the decade progressed, gained increasing renown as a musician of astonishing versatility, skill, and ingenuity. He has recorded and toured with all kinds of musicians, from Tom Waits (Wolleson performs on Waits' 1993 collaboration with William S. Burroughs, Black Rider), to Sean Lennon, to Ron Sexsmith (Wolleson performs on his second album, Other Songs). A founding member of the New Klezmer Trio, Wollesen is also all over N.Y.C.'s downtown jazz and avant-garde musicians' recordings, and has been so active as to tour with Bill Frisell and Myra Melford in the same month

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Article: In Pictures

The Bill Frisell Trio+1 at Roulette in Brooklyn

Read "The Bill Frisell Trio+1 at Roulette in Brooklyn" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Bill Frisell brought his Trio to Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday (May 27, 2022). He has a lengthy history with the venue dating back to his early days in New York City (late 1970s/early 1980s) when Roulette was situated in lower Manhattan and served as a forum for up-and-coming adventurous artists. On this occasion, the Trio ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

Read "Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide" reviewed by Ian Patterson


To celebrate the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the Denver guitarist, All About Jazz presents this beginner's guide to Frisell's discography as leader. Half a dozen other albums could easily have made the list, but these selections attempt primarily to highlight the range of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Renata Zeiguer, Javon Jackson, Nikki Giovanni, La La Lars & More New Releases

Read "Renata Zeiguer, Javon Jackson, Nikki Giovanni, La La Lars & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A set bookended by great singers and features the new and not so new poetry of Nikki Giovanni; exciting young bands and musicians from Europe; a Big Band featuring only horns; percussions and vocalists, and more!Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Matt Berry, Emma Noble ...

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Article: BackTracks

Ethnic Embraces

Read "Ethnic Embraces" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


For the fourth installment in the continuing BackTracks series, we take a look at some notable releases that infuse their jazz with stylistic spice indigenous to different regions of the world—namely North Africa, the Iberian peninsula and the Balkans. As BackTracks was on a hiatus of sorts (and because these recordings seemed to emerge in matched ...

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Label: Northern Spy
Released: 2020
Duration: 07:38

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Article: Album Review

Mindaugas Stumbras: Inspirations

Read "Inspirations" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Mindaugas Stumbras is a leading jazz guitarist of Lithuanian scene who has much of potential to be broadly acclaimed by international community. He graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in 2019, and he has already played and toured internationally not only with the well known Lithuanian fusion jazz band Brave Noises, but ...

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Basu

Label: Mythology Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Drowning of Morena Jimenez, Paradox, Humanity (for Rep John Lewis), Cali Roots, San Tatura, Visionaries, Something Said, An Acre Gives In, All State, Nearing the Truth, Catching Reality, Three Eleven Days

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Free Hoops

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Free Hoops; Lulu Dance; Just Twisted; Requiem d’un songe; As We Are; Birdies of Paradise; Galore; Nicotine Sarcoline; Highway 1.


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