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"From her first album in 1991, it was clear that this pianist and composer would stay around," the New York Times said of Myra Melford. Melford has not only stuck around, but she has flourished. She has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including nine as a leader , performed in more than 30 countries, won major awards for composition and piano performance, and worked with some of the world's most innovative musicians. Melford's staying power is the product of ceaseless musical travels; she's always going somewhere. As Francis Davis noted , "Myra Melford is the genuine article, the most gifted pianist/composer to emerge from jazz since Anthony Davis." At the keyboard, Melford recasts the blues and boogie- woogie of her Chicago hometown, folds in elements of the music of Eastern Europe and India, and blends them with the rangy, percussive avant-garde stylings she cultivated in studies with Don Pullen and Henry Threadgill

Article: Album Review

Steven Lugerner: In Solitude

Read "In Solitude" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Multistrumentista assai attivo sull'asse San Francisco (dove vive) New York, con sortite verso Chicago and Los Angeles, Steve Lugerner presenta il suo terzo lavoro con lo SLUGish Ensemble, formazione di giovani talenti della West Coast. Le sette composizioni di In Solitude hanno origine nel periodo di isolamento dovuto alla pandemia, per la maggior parte si riferiscono ...


Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Zeena Parkins

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Zeena Parkins" reviewed by Martin Longley

The harpist Zeena Parkins is one of the key players on the New York City improvising and composing fronts, and indeed on the global scene generally. Most of her upcoming gigs are happening around Europe, although her 2024 datesheet is relatively sparse compared to her 2025 plans. She probably became known to most folks when playing ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Leon Thomas, Ethel Waters, and Jason Kao Hwang

Read "Leon Thomas, Ethel Waters, and Jason Kao Hwang" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features ageless vocal performances from Leon Thomas and Ethel Waters, European jazz from Havard Stubo and Ole Amund Gjersvik, and compelling chamber music from Jason Kao Hwang. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Deux

Read "It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Deux" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Join our intrepid but grumpy explorers Mike and Pat and they continue their journey through the New York Times Top Ten list of Best Jazz Albums from 2023. The boys look at three more albums off the list and once again have questions about the selections. Then they discuss an album from 2023 not on the ...


Article: Album Review

Myra Melford's Fire And Water Quintet: Hear The Light Singing

Read "Hear The Light Singing" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Myra Melford's blue chip Fire And Water quintet assuredly sidesteps second album syndrome. Hear The Light Singing stands very much the equal of the band's superlative eponymous debut. The only change is that Lesley Mok takes Susie Ibarra's place behind the trapset, otherwise the triumvirate completing the starry squad remains Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Tomeka ...


Article: Album Review

Anna Webber: Shimmer Wince

Read "Shimmer Wince" reviewed by John Sharpe

There is often an underlying rigor to the work of Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber, be that inspiration from the digital world on Binary (Skirl, 2016), her investigation of multiphonic intervals on Idiom (Pi, 2021) or contemporary classical percussion repertoire on Clockwise (Pi, 2020). On Shimmer Wince, she derives her compositions from ...

Article: Album Review

Todd Sickafoose: Bear Proof

Read "Bear Proof" reviewed by Vic Albani

Era dai fasti di Tiny Resistors (uscito nel 2008 per la Cryptogramophone dell'amico Jeff Gauthier e che invitiamo a riascoltare per la bellezza che lo ammanta) che il signor Todd Sickafoose non regalava al mondo un nuovo lavoro. Inneggiato da più voci quale coerente ed intelligentissimo musicista nonché compositore e produttore Sickafoose è stato ...


Article: Opinion

When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?

Read "When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?" reviewed by John Kelman

This article was first published at All About Jazz on May 20, 2011. It's becoming almost pandemic for jazz festivals around the world to be challenged for deciding to broaden their programming into areas either peripherally related to jazz... or, in some cases, away from jazz entirely. Festivals like the near-iconic Montreux Jazz Festival, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Giorgia Hannoush, Yuhan Su, Amanda Gardier, Mary Halvorson, Eugenie Jones & More

Read "New Releases From Giorgia Hannoush, Yuhan Su, Amanda Gardier, Mary Halvorson, Eugenie Jones & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from guitarists Giorgia Hannoush and Mary Halvorson, vibraphonist Yuhan Su, saxophonist Amanda Gardier, pianist Myra Melford and vocalist Eugenie Jones, with birthday shoutouts to Marc Cary, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Jeanne Lee, Cindy Scott, and Caili O'Doherty, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...


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