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Michel Benita

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Looking At Sounds

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dervish Diva; Berceuse/Gwell Talenn; Looking At Sounds; Barroco; Slick Team; Cloud To Cloud; Body Language; Elisian / Inutil Paisagem; Islander; Low Tide; Never Never Land.

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Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape

Read "Omar Sosa, Southern Energy Ens., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Keith Brown - Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out several tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find the right spot in the playlist... To partially remedy this situation we have a “companion mixtape" series ...

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Article: Album Review

Michel Benita: Looking At Sounds

Read "Looking At Sounds" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Michel Benita's leader-debut with his Ethics band for ECM, 2016's River Silver, came as a welcome addition to his oeuvre and the label's catalogue, following the French bassist's earlier characteristic contributions in saxophonist Andy Sheppard's Trio Libero on Trio Libero (ECM, 2012) and Surrounded By Sea (ECM, 2015). As on the first Ethics album, 2010's self-titled ...

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An Evening In Paris

Label: Musik Blocu
Released: 2020
Track listing: August; The Phantom; La Valse Parisienne; A Melody's Tale; Kinetic #8; Pastoral; The Singing Bowl; Lessons In The Fast Lane.

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Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases

Read "Lionel Loueke, Roberto Cecchetto, Prince & Miles, Bootsy & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases we explore a whole range of human interactions, from Matt Wilson's hugs to Kahil El'Zabar's jumps and shout, from Prince and Miles Davis going mano a mano to Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis proceeding arm in arm like true funkateeers, from Antoine Pierre following Miles' steps to ...

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Lawrence Sieberth Quartet: An Evening In Paris

Read "An Evening In Paris" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


New Orleans-based pianist Lawrence Sieberth is a versatile music man--a bandleader, keyboard accompanist, composer, producer. A trip to Paris and a teaming with Parisian players resulted in An Evening In Paris, an atmospherically cohesive set that covers a wide range of styles. The set of eight Sieberth originals opens with “August," a tune that ...

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The French Scene - Part 3

Read "The French Scene - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As we continue our journey in today's French jazz scene, we look at how it has been influenced by the many musical traditions that enrich the French society, in particular those from North Africa and the Middle-East, courtesy of Yacine Boularès, Ibrahim Maalouf, Naïssam Jalal, Smadj and Sophie Alour with Mohamed Abozekry and Wassim Halal). To ...

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Jazz on the Moon

Read "Jazz on the Moon" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day! 50 years later we celebrate the ...

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Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more. Happy listening! And if you like this episode, check Part 1 Playlist ...


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