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Suite For Max Brown

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2020
Track listing: Build a Nest; C'mon Now; Fusion Swirl; After the Rain; Metamorphoses; Gnarciss; Lydian, Etc; Del Rio; 3 for L; Go Away; Max Brown.

We're New Again

Label: XL Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Special Tribute (Broken Home, Pt. 1); I'm New Here; Running; Blessed Parents; New York is Killing Me; The Patch (Broken Home, Pt. 2); People of the Light; Being Blessed; Where Did the Night Go; Lily Scott (Broken Home, Pt.3); I'll Take Care of You; I've Been Me; This Can't Be Real; Piano Player; The Crutch; Guided (Broken Home, Pt.4); Certain Bad Things; Me and the Devil.

The Weather Up There

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleep; 1985; All I Know; It's Nothing; The Breaks; Hike; Elegy; Return These Tides; The Weather Up There; He Pushes Up.

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Carlos Niño / Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Chicago Waves

Read "Chicago Waves" reviewed by Chris May

Chicago-based jazz drummer and electronic-beat-maker Makaya McCraven's International Anthem label has been releasing beguiling cross-genre music by a diverse roster of artists since the mid 2010s. In the process, McCraven's own double album Universal Beings (2018) gave an early US platform to musicians from the new London jazz scene including reed player Shabaka Hutchings, tenor saxophonist ...

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Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Luciana Souza, Dave Douglas & Other New Releases

Read "Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela, Luciana Souza, Dave Douglas & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We may be in lock-down mode but oustading jazz releases keep coming out as if nothing were of the COVID and the social distancing, bringing us much needed relief. One more reason to pay tribute to today's artists and to encourage everyone to support the music scene by purchasing music directly from the musicians and labels ...

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Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 2

Read "Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of this drummer-special [for the first part click here], focusing on power drummers and showing the continuity that connects Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa to Joey Baron and Jim Black, and a special focus on the live performative energy of Kresten Osgood and Makaya McCraven as well as the spiritual jazz of Tommaso Cappellato's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Parker & The New Breed: Suite For Max Brown

Read "Suite For Max Brown" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Jeff Parker spent many years in Chicago involved in the city's fertile jazz and experimental music scene, primarily as a member of the AACM and the band Tortoise. In 2013 he relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, his music as a leader has combined a 70's rhythm and blues vibe with the sampling, electronic manipulation ...

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Gil Scott-Heron / Makaya McCraven: We're New Again

Read "We're New Again" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"All the dreams you show up in are not your own." With those words to an interviewer at The New Yorker, Gil Scott-Heron tried to explain a degree of detachment from I'm New Here (XL Recordings, 2011), his “comeback" and the final studio album before his death that year. The project was initiated by the head ...

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Emma-Jean Thackray: assolutamente unica

Read "Emma-Jean Thackray: assolutamente unica" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Compositrice, polistrumentista, cantante, produttrice, band-leader, solista e DJ, Emma-Jean Thackray è una delle giovani musiciste più talentuose e versatili della scena internazionale. Dopo due EP di grande successo (Ley Lines e Walrus), la Thackray ha iniziato una collaborazione con Makaya McCraven e altri membri della scena jazz di Chicago. Il suo singolo “Too Shy" è stato ...


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