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Andrew Green: Dime Dancing: The Music Of Steely Dan

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It is not hard to imagine jazz versions of Steely Dan songs, as they are rich in knotty harmonies and dark lyrics that belie their mainstream pop success. But you would probably have to be guitarist Andrew Green to imagine them arranged for chamber ensembles dominated by woodwinds and strings (as well as vocalist Miriam Waks ...

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Laraaji: Through Luminous Eyes

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Ambient/New Age veteran Laraaji is best known for his meditative electrified zither playing, His first broad exposure came with the Brian Eno-produced Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Editions EG, 1980). Recently he returned to the piano--his first instrument--on Sun Piano and Moon Piano (Self Produced, 2020). Although he considers the EP Through Luminous Eyes to be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Ballantine: Vonnegut

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Indianapolis-based guitarist/composer Charlie Ballantine took his inspiration from iconic American novelist Kurt Vonnegut for this project, the most complex set of music in his already lengthy and varied recording career. He was joined by fellow Indianapolis musicians: saxophonist Rob Dixon, saxophonist/clarinetist Amanda Gardier, pianist Mina Keohane, bassist Jesse Wittman and drummer Cassius Goens. Dixon, Gardier and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

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Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway December 8-11, 2020 December 8Beady Belle Beady Belle is a soul/jazz band led by vocalist Beate S. Lech. For this performance she was joined by her husband Marius Reksjø on electric bass, plus keyboardist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Bad Plus at Bijou Theatre

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The Bad Plus Bijou Theatre From Big Ears, Part 2 Knoxville, TN December 4, 2020 The Bad Plus kicked off the virtual concert series “Sites & Sounds from Big Ears" with their October 9th concert streamed from Knoxville's historic Bijou Theatre. This second installment began with a point of view ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: John

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Pianist Marc Copland met guitarist John Abercrombie when he first went to New York as an alto saxophonist, playing with him in Chico Hamilton's quartet in 1971. Copland returned to New York as a pianist in the early 1980s, and first recorded with Abercrombie on the album That's For Sure (Challenge, 2001), followed by several others. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material--rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 6-17, 2020 With the physical 2020 festival cancelled, the Big Ears Festival has turned its attention to broadcasting filmed and live streamed concerts, under the moniker “Sites & Sounds From Big Ears." ...


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