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Leena Conquest

American singer Leena Conquest is a recording artist steeped in the jazz tradition and full of all things soulful. Her ability to bridge that eternal divide, moving from the classic to the modern; fusing music genres along with a captivating presence puts her in a class with the best. This Texas- born chanteuse has been heralded for her work on several recordings including Raining on the Moon (thirstyear.com), Cornmeal Dance and I Plan to Stay a Believer (aumfidelity.com), selected for this year's 2011 DOWNBEAT Critics Poll TOP 10 Albums. She has worked with a host of jazz luminaries including trumpeter Doc Cheatham, pianist Mal Waldron and vibesman Roy Ayers who is featured on her Come Fly Away CD

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: Universal Tonality

Read "Universal Tonality" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Let's Imagine the difficulty William Parker must face filling out his responses to the U.S. census every 10 years. What is his origin? His race? And how many people occupy his residence—or maybe a better question: how many races are contained within this one person? Joking aside, the musician William Parker has become an everyman. His ...

Article: Album Review

William Parker: Universal Tonality

Read "Universal Tonality" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A vent'anni dalla sua incisione ecco un inedito orchestrale di William Parker, in un cast ricco di nomi prestigiosi come il trombonista Grachan Moncur III, il violinista Billy Bang, il pianista Dave Burrell, il percussionista Jerome Cooper e il batterista Gerald Cleaver. Accanto a questi sono presenti partner di lunga data del contrabbassista, come il sassofonista ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Philly Icon Khan Jamal (RIP), William Parker Birthday and other tributes

Read "Philly Icon Khan Jamal (RIP), William Parker Birthday and other tributes" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we celebrate Philly icon, vibraphonist Kahn Jamal who we lost this week at age 75. Next, a 70th birthday shout out to bassist/composer William Parker, and other tributes. Then, new music from Philly with Sonic Liberation Front, and South Africa with Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Swell: Astonishments

Read "Astonishments" reviewed by John Pietaro


Among the trombonists of New York's downtown scene, or uptown for that matter, no one even comes close to Steve Swell. His level of artistry, ability to create within any sonic cloud, compositional strengths and sheer fortitude set a new standard decades ago. Deemed a veteran of the new music that tore up the 1970s and ...

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Article: Book Review

Universal Tonality - The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality - The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Universal Tonality -The Life and Music of William Parker Cisco Bradley 408 pagine Duke University Press 2021 Ricordiamo bene l'esibizione della Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, il 31 maggio 1998, al Teatro Nuovo di Verona, menzionata nelle prime righe dell'introduzione di Universal Tonality--The Life and Music of William Parker, ...

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Astonishments

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2020
Track listing: Astonishments; Sketch #7; the Seldom Heard; For Mondays; Being Here

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro


It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases

Read "Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week our playlist is bursting at the seams with great projects, several of which explore the renewed interest in what many like to call 'spiritual jazz,' from Roberto Ottaviano to Dwight Trible's Cosmic Vibrations and Matthew Halsall out of the increasingly interesting Manchester jazz scene. The rest of the playlist alternates forward looking projects like ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski, Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The striking absence of a bassist on this organ-trio tribute to William Parker speaks volumes about the singular approach that Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski and Jeff Lederer have taken to the compositions of a modern jazz great. Parker's music is so diverse, his output so vast, that a cohesive overview would be difficult to distil onto ...


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