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When jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson first introduced the vibes to the jazz idiom circa 1930, they could have never in their wildest dreams foreseen where Mike Dillon would take the concept 75 years later. Likewise, Dillon's heroes Black Sabbath, The Minutemen and Bad Brains would've been hard-pressed to envision a vibraphonist internalizing their punk ethos and conjuring his own rage-against-the-machine spirit through the mellifluous sounds of the vibraphone. Enter the man himself, Mike Dillon. None of these observations matter or ever will. Some would call a force of nature like his visionary

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Dillon, Ludovica Burtone, Marc Jordan, Simon Moullier & New Releases

Read "Mike Dillon, Ludovica Burtone, Marc Jordan, Simon Moullier & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Countless forms of fusion in this week's show, from jazz and pop to other musical traditions. There are enough genetic modifications in just one hour to prove that jazz's resilience passes Darwinian evolutionary standards!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Roc Flowers, Stefano De Donato, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Wolfe, Trombone Shorty, Margie Hyams & Mike Dillon

Read "Ben Wolfe, Trombone Shorty, Margie Hyams & Mike Dillon" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We kick off the 788th Episode of Neon Jazz with vibraphonist and Kansas City native Mike Dillon and Punkadelic with music off their 2023 album Inflorescence. We follow that with Punkadelic member Brian Haas of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and their take on The Beatles “Julia" from their last studio album Winterwood Revealed. From there, we ...

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Dan McCarthy, Igor Butman and Harold Betters

Read "Dan McCarthy, Igor Butman and Harold Betters" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the world of Hunter S. Thompson, we begin the 781st Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off vibraphonist Dan McCarthy Songs of the Doomed. From there, we get one more from the Hunter tributes with Pete Candoli with the Salty Dog Rag. On this final show of November, we profile some quality cats with ...

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Article: Album Review

Garage A Trois: Calm Down Cologne

Read "Calm Down Cologne" reviewed by Chris May


Formed by guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore in 1999, Garage A Trois has sparked a slew of “But is it jazz?" debates with every new release. Calm Down Cologne will do it again. GAT has been through various incarnations since its debut EP, The Mysteryfunk (Fog City Records, 1999), necessitated ...

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Article: Year in Review

Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the ...

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Rosewood

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tiki Bird Whistle; Beignet’s Bounce; Mulatu Goes To India; St. Claude’s Drone; Vibes At The End Of The World; Hurt; Rumba For Peregrine; Earl’s Bolero; Bonobo; Talking To Mary; Sober Mardi Gras; Tony Allen At The Music Box; Can’t Make A Sound.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Dillon, Chick Corea, Milt Jackson and More

Read "Mike Dillon, Chick Corea, Milt Jackson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the music of veteran vibraphonist Mike Dillon, who just returned to Kansas City, and has a released a new album Rosewood. We also spotlight new music from Nicholas Krolak, Bartosz Hadala, Dann Zinn and Joe Fiedler. We give a birthday shoutout to the legendary Terry Gibbs and say good-bye to Eddie ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Dillon: Rosewood

Read "Rosewood" reviewed by Doug Collette


Texas-born Mike Dillon moves in as many different directions as his varied skills allow. Witness his work with, among others, Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin' and Nolatet. Yet none of his adventures are as satisfying as when he adheres to his niche as vibraphonist/percussionist, so Rosewood makes a suitable companion piece to the similarly conceived and ...

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Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More

Read "Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with a cat that has seen many jazz roads and is itching to get down many more, Bob Sheppard with a track off his latest CD The Fine Line. We then visit the world of Horace Silver and vibes cat Mike Dillon doing an Elliot Smith cover. We hear new material from ...


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