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Maria Grand

María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist. She moved to New York City in 2011. She has since become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects led by or including musicians such as Nicole Mitchell, Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Mary Halvorson, Jen Shyu, Aaron Parks, Fay Victor, Joel Ross, etc. María writes and performs her original compositions with her ensemble, DiaTribe; her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record and her full-length album Magdalena was praised by major publications such as the New York Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Billboard, JazzIz, and others.

Album

The Parable Of The Poet

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Prayer; Guilt; Choices; Wail; The Impetus (To Be And Do Better); Doxology (Hope); Benediction.

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Article: Album Review

Joel Ross: The Parable Of The Poet

Read "The Parable Of The Poet" reviewed by Chris May


The story of jazz is part musical and part social, the two strands interacting to shape, on one hand, the sound we hear and, on the other, the demographic who make it and constitute its audience. Viewed from London, the semiology surrounding New York-based vibraphonist Joel Ross' octet, heard on his third Blue Note album, The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rhoda Scott, Jorge Rossy, N∆BOU, Mirra&Petrella

Read "Rhoda Scott, Jorge Rossy, N∆BOU, Mirra&Petrella" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The queen of the Hammond organ, Rhoda Scott, opens an episode that hops from organists, to saxophonists, from vibraphonists to trombonists, and pianists, with trumpets and guitars for good measure, all playing in the key of fun and adventurous jazz.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...

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Reciprocity

Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Creation: The Joy of Being; Whabri; Creation: A Home In Mind; Fundamental Pt. I; Fundamental Pt. 2; Creation: Ladder of Swords; Prayer; Creation: Interlude; Now, Take, Your, Day; Creation: Superbear; Creation: Matrescence; Canto Manta; Creation: Welcome, Starseed.

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's 2021 Sonic Delights" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz is not a competitive sport and “Best Ofs" are misnomers. End of the year listicles have no bearing on the artistic standing of the albums they include, or on those they neglect, just like a five star review doesn't make the album it graces any better than it already is. But, apparently, humans ...

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Article: Year in Review

Attarian's Dozen: Twelve Superb Releases That Made 2021 Tolerable

Read "Attarian's Dozen: Twelve Superb Releases That Made 2021 Tolerable" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The year 2021 started full of hope yet it did not live up to its promises. Musically, however, it saw the release of several outstanding recordings. Below are a dozen that helped kept me sane and grounded throughout the year. Featured are the two mammoth and stimulating boxsets from saxophonist and improviser par excellence ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

George Mraz & Kenny Garrett

Read "George Mraz & Kenny Garrett" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 720th Episode with storied saxophonist Kenny Garrett with a track off his 2021 release Sounds from the Ancestors. This episode also features new music from Russell Ferrante, Papo Vazquez, Maria Grand and Yoonmi Choi. We give a fitting send off to a great friend of Neon Jazz and a wonderful friend from childhood ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dewey Redman, Bugpowder, Mario Pavone & Miles

Read "Dewey Redman, Bugpowder, Mario Pavone & Miles" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Pianist Barney McCall was a member of the Dewey Redman Quartet several years ago and he happened to record one of their gigs in jny: Chicago. He didn't expect the audio quality would be much good so he forgot about it. Recently thought he gave it a listen, did some serious tweaking to the sound, et ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen

Read "Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's a definite international tilt to this episode, with samplings of new releases by artists from France (Stéphane Payen and the Jazz Station Big Band & The Workshop), Germany (Dejan Terzic and Tru Cargo Service, Switzerland) Zurich Jazz Orchestra featuring Steffen Schorn and the quartet Woodoism), England's Ferg Ireland, and South Korean pianist Yunseon Yi's trio. ...


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