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Cherry, Redman, Haden and Blackwell: Opening The Doors Of Perception

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ECM's audiophile vinyl reissue series Luminessence has a simple mission statement: it is to showcase albums that have “changed perceptions of creative music making." The series kicked off in April 2023 with Kenny Wheeler's Gnu High (1976) and Nana Vasconelos' Saudade (1979). These are to be followed towards the end of June 2023 with Old And ...


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A Pair From Saxophonist David Borgo

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When saxophonist David Borgo is not attending to his teaching duties at UC San Diego (Integrated Studies and Jazz Music of the African Diaspora Programs) he immerses himself in the art of jazz, recording and performing. He has released twelve CDs and he performs regularly in his adopted hometown, San Diego. Writing for All About Jazz, ...


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Two Previously Unreleased Gems from Abbey Rader's Catalogue

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Drummer Abbey Rader is a restless improviser and a master of Eastern spirituality. His artistry and devotional practice are inextricable from one another. This union of meditative philosophy and spontaneous creativity gives Rader's style its uniqueness and his recordings their absorbing quality. In 2023 Rader released two live sessions on his own label that were recorded ...


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The Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden Duo Revisited

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Pianist Keith Jarrett has enjoyed a long and productive career which eventually became dominated by his monumental improvised solo performances and his work with his Standards Trio, with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Along the way, he released albums by his now sometimes overlooked but excellent American and European Quartets. Revisiting almost ...


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The New York Art Quartet and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics

Read "The New York Art Quartet  and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics" reviewed by John Eyles

Although the Ezz-thetics label has been issuing a steady stream of classic albums from the '50s and '60s, some of the label's releases cannot be called classics but are of great historical interest and significance nonetheless. Some such albums are discoveries which have never before been released, while others are reissues of albums which were outshone ...


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Lucas de Mulder, Towner Galaher and Anthony E. Nelson Jr: Organ Trios Redux

Read "Lucas de Mulder, Towner Galaher and Anthony E. Nelson Jr: Organ Trios Redux" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's fair to say that the organ trio is one of the most durable instrumental concepts in the jazz milieu. It's equally reasonable to state it's one of the most malleable as well: apart from the indispensable Hammond B3 keyboard, accompanying sounds customarily come from a guitar or saxophone. Early practitioners of the concept such as ...


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Satoko Fujii: One Hundred And Counting!

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Satoko Fujii is that rare artist whose technical and intuitive talents are as readily apparent in collaboration with others as when she is working on her own. To that end, she seems bent on exploring as deeply as possible the innumerable combinations of musicians and instruments available to her. And that's not to mention the variety ...


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Three Releases On Elsewhere

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As ever, the arrival of the three latest releases on Yuko Zama's Elsewhere label was welcome. This time, each of the albums comprised just one disc apiece in contrast to the label's last five releases which included three double-disc and two triple-disc albums, a total of twelve discs in five albums. In keeping with the label's ...


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Recent Jazz Releases including a new one from Kenny Barron

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Here are reviews of a diverse selection of jazz releases from the past few months. Allegra Levy Songs For You And Me Little Moon Records 2023 Vocalist Allegra Levy has made a children's music album for the most natural of reasons. She became a mother in 2021, ...


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Long-Lost Paradigm-Shifting LPs By South Africa's Malombo Jazz Reissued

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Strut Records has reissued in LP format two long-lost classics of Black South African jazz, Malombo's Malombo Jazz (Gallotone, 1966) and Malombo Jazz Makers Vol. 2 (Gallotone, 1967). At the time of their release, the albums were in a symbiotic relationship with the country's emerging Black Consciousness movement. It would be hard to overstate the discs' ...


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This & That: June 2023
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