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Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2020

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2020 abridged: A staggering loss of lives and livelihoods. We had worldwide social unrest, wildfires, locust swarms of Biblical proportions, killer hornets, killer drones, kids in cages; an impeachment, an election, an attempted insurrection. Oh, and Poland accidentally invaded the Czech Republic. It was not exactly the Gilded Age. Yet, amid doom-scrolling, the creative music community ...

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Article: Radio

Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

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The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

Article: Radio

James Brandon Lewis, Mick Rossi and More

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Finding your own path is one thing, staying on it is another. This show features several musicians who are doing that today. Bassist Moppa Elliott's urge to challenge the idiom is not confined to his occasionally controversial Mostly Other People Do The Killing. His new recording, Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band, presents three distinctly different bands and ...

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Article: Radio

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Eric Dolphy and More

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Some very important saxophonists are featured in this episode: Frenchman Emile Parisien is back with almost all of his original quartet, Gebhard Ullman shows why he's considered one of the best contemporary multi-reedists with his Basement Research band, Dave Rempis's new trio debuts The Early Bird Gets, and the great Eric Dolphy with previously-unissued music in ...

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Article: Radio

Mark Lomax, Rosetta Trio & Federica Michisanti

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February is Black History Month and this episode features some music recognizing that fact. Drummer and musicologist Mark Lomax 's 400: An Afrikan Epic is a monumental 12-album cycle honoring the 400th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He used the music he grew up with--spirituals and blues--as source material, and despite criticism and resistance from ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Lomax Trio: Isis and Osiris

Read "Isis and Osiris" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Record collectors and DJs are fond of the term “spiritual jazz." Like most colloquialisms, its meaning is nebulous and vague; more emotional than factual, more indicative of a feeling that the music projects, as opposed to a distinct lineage or coterie of musicians. For many, the term refers to jazz that incorporates African and Middle Eastern ...


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