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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Art of the Arranger

Read "Art of the Arranger" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we continue exploring the art of the arranger with large ensembles and jazz orchestras. Charles Mingus sets Meditations on Integration on a big band, The Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band presents a tone poem with traditional Japanese vocalists, we look at the Fletcher Henderson influence on Sun Ra, plus works by Satoko Fujii Orchestra ...

Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: Un Ciclopico Omaggio

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Un Ciclopico Omaggio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Kimbrough è l'ambizioso e ciclopico progetto discografico dedicato a Frank Kimbrough, il grande pianista e compositore scomparso il 30 dicembre 2020 a 64 anni. Prodotto da Elan Mehler della Newvelle Records, è stato realizzato da 67 musicisti che hanno inciso 61 composizioni di Kimbrough in differenti ensemble, dal piano solo al settetto. Molti dei protagonisti sono ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Yoko Miwa and Dave Stryker Plus A Valentines Salute to Blanche Calloway

Read "New Releases From Yoko Miwa and Dave Stryker Plus A Valentines Salute to Blanche Calloway" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This Valentines Day broadcast includes new releases from pianist Yoko Miwa, vocalists Ada Bird Wolfe, Valentina Marino, Laila Biali and guitarist Dave Stryker, plus birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway, Carmen Staaf and Sharel Cassity, among others. Also remembered was vocalist and educator Carol Fredette. Thanks for your continued support. Please help all of these fine ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas

Read "Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new holiday releases from The Moore-McColl Jazz Society, Adrian Cunningham & La Lucha, Elsa Nilsson, Simone Kopmajer, Sarah McKenzie and Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia plus a new recording by Brianna Thomas, more Grammy nominees and a special birthday shoutout to Gladys Shelley (best known for penning “How Did He Look?" and “Come ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Chacona's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "John Chacona's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by John Chacona


It's tempting to say that this was the year the music died, and for clubs, concert and festival stages, that might generally be true. Yet, in this most confounding and contrary of years it's thoroughly fitting that as live music grew silent, recordings roared with eloquence, fury and, yes, beauty. Here are the releases that most ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

We've Just Begun - A Review of Recent Recordings

Read "We've Just Begun - A Review of Recent Recordings" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Despite the pandemic, it has been a great year for new music. Today's broadcast includes new releases from cellist Tomeka Reid and pianist Carol Welsman, plus a review of various recordings that are on this year's preliminary Grammy ballot. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time ...

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Article: Album Review

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Composer Maria Schneider has long been writing and speaking about the dangers of the omnipresent digital universe, intellectual property theft, gathering and manipulation of personal data by big tech companies, the unchecked proliferation of false and misleading material, and so on. Those concerns form the basis of her latest musical project, Data Lords, a 2 CD ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Pietro: Hypersphere

Read "Hypersphere" reviewed by Paul Rauch


You may not know the name Dave Pietro offhand, but it is likely, if you are a jazz fan of any sort, that you have heard him play. As a saxophone/woodwind artist, composer, educator, sideman, and bandleader, he has performed across a broad spectrum of projects since his becoming a mainstay on the New York scene ...

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Article: Album Review

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The skillfully designed cover art tells part of the story; a leaf--half as nature intended--the remainder, a circuit board doppelganger. The pastoral soundscapes associated with the music of Grammy-winning composer/bandleader Maria Schneider belie her activist alter-ego. An outspoken critic of copyright protections, prejudicial revenue schemes and the abuses of “big data," Schneider has authored op-eds and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs ...


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