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Michael Blake

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An enduring presence for the last 30 years, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Michael Blake has built his reputation playing jazz and creative music in New York City. This visionary composer and arranger has produced a cornucopia of recordings that vary in context and mood. He has played tenor and soprano saxophone with a diverse range of artists including {{m: The Lounge Lizards = 8874}}, {{m: Charlie Hunter = 7830}}, {{m: Henry Butler = 5501}}, {{m: Steven Bernstein = 16405}} & the Hot 9 and Ray Lamontagne.

Michael was born on May 19th, 1964 in Montreal, Canada. In the late 60’s his family moved across the continent to California’s Bay Area where the indelible sounds of Psychedelic Rock, Funk and Soul would have a huge impact on his young ears

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The Normyn Suites

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shut Him Down; The Normyn Suite #1: (Denial, Anger, Catharsis, Nostalgia, Acceptance); Radio Is Everything; The Normyn Suite #2: (May the Young Grow Old, Waking from Sedation, Freedom from the Pain, Unconditional Love, La Preghiera, The Dunes of Cahoon Hollow); Shut Him Down (Video Edit); Newspaper Pane; Kenny Dorham; Wayne Shorter.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kresten Osgood, Ronnie Foster, Melissa Stylianou, Ghost Horse & More New Releases

Read "Kresten Osgood, Ronnie Foster, Melissa Stylianou, Ghost Horse & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


An Hammond B-3onanza! Ronnie Foster is back, with a reissue of Two-Headed Freap and the first new album in almost four decades, Reboot, and so is the Gentle Giant of Danish jazz drummer-turned-Hammond player Kresten Osgood. A compare and contrast between Gerald Clayton and Melissa Stylianou, Gene Bertoncini and Ike Sturm, as well the new gems ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jun Miyake, Magic Malik, David Murray, Potsa Lotsa Xl & More New Releases

Read "Jun Miyake, Magic Malik, David Murray, Potsa Lotsa Xl & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In this episode Guadelupe meets Nigeria; Japan & Italy meet Brazil; Germany meets South Korea; and many more transnational encounters from the Global Jazz Village.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Magic Malik “Pòpòt ka bouyi" Ka-Frobeat (Onze Heures Onze) 0:16 Host talks 5:22 Michael Blake ...

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Kimbrough

Label: Newvelle Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Call; C Minor Waltz; Kudzu; Elegy for P.M.; Falling Waltz; Forsythia; Quickening; Whirl; Wings; Hope; Clara's Room; For Duke (Instrumental); Lullabluebye; For Jimmy G.; November; Adrian's Way; Sadness; Helix; The Breaks; 20 Bars; Ancestors; Kids Stuff; Meantime; Capricorn Lady; Waltz for Lee; 727; Beginning; Southern Lights; Regeneration; A & J; Eventualities; Moonflower; Just Suppose; Reluctance (Quartet); Areas (Trumpet, Piano, Bass); The Spins; Sanibel Island; Fubu; Cascade Rising; Over; Blue Smoke; Air; Affirmation; Quiet as it's Kept; TMI; Time Will Tell; Areas (Piano, Bass, Drums); Noumena; Sloppy Seconds; Reluctance (Solo Piano); Grass Valley; Questions the Answer; Lucent; No Radio; For Carla; Ode; St. Mark's Place; Ca'lina; Hymn; Svengali; For Duke (Vocals).

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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When Jazz Pops, Part 1

Read "When Jazz Pops, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week's playlist focuses on the contribution of jazz musicians to pop, hip-hop, and rock projects, from the Art Ensemble of Chicago playing with French singer Brigitte Fontaine, to John Zorn featured on the debut album by the Brazilian queen Marisa Monte and The Thing's mighty alliance with Neneh Cherry. And a tribute to the late ...

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Article: Profile

The 55 Bar: Music and Stories

Read "The 55 Bar: Music and Stories" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


All About Jazz celebrates the iconic 55 Bar and the essential role it plays as an establishment where bands are born and sounds shaped over time thanks to its longstanding commitment to jazz. Adored by patrons and musicians since the '80s, the 55 Bar has faced difficult economic challenges during the pandemic and as a result, ...

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The 55 Bar Mixtape

Read "The 55 Bar Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


All About Jazz celebrates the iconic 55 Bar and the essential role it plays as an establishment where bands are born and sounds shaped over time thanks to its longstanding commitment to jazz. Adored by patrons and musicians since the '80s, the 55 Bar has faced difficult economic challenges during the pandemic and as a result, ...

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Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases

Read "Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week's exploration of new and upcoming releases continues with a special focus on the late Frank Kimbrough through a preview of his posthumous CD Ancestors and some of the best renditions that appear on the monumental tribute conceived by pianist and producer Elan Mehler, Kimbrough, one of the best releases of the year. Punkt vs. ...


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