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Patricia Brennan

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Vibraphonist, marimbist, improviser and composer Patricia Brennan “has been widely feted as one of the instrument’s newer leaders.” observed The New York City Jazz Record. She inherited a deep love and appreciation for musical tradition from both parents, as well as being exposed to the musical richness of her native Port of Veracruz. She started studying music at 4 years old, playing latin percussion along salsa records with her father and listening to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin records with her mother. Also, around the same age, she started playing piano, influenced by her grandmother who was a concert pianist. 

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night

Read "Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a cool and groovy mix for a hot summer night. Sets with string quartets, vibraphone vibes, burning roller-coaster rides, and dancing with ants in your pants. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Valaida Snow “I Can't Dance" from Valaida Snow 1933-1936 (The Classics Chronological Series ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Sana Nagano

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Sana Nagano" reviewed by Martin Longley


Right place, right time, your scribe caught Smashing Humans playing a late night set at the original Nublu club in NYC's Alphabet City, 19th April 2019. Intensity ensued, via a serrated prog-jazz extremity, sharply sculpted in its dynamic schizoid turning of sharp bends, its abrasive surface causing exciting distress. Smashing Humans were assembled by the Japanese ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Good Vibes

Read "Good Vibes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Vibraphone players have never been as plentiful in jazz as trumpeters or saxophonists but there have been several notable ones over the years, going from Red Norvo and Milt Jackson in the past to Joel Ross and Patricia Brennan today. Here are a pair of recent albums that feature other active vibes players. Roberto ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nala Sinephro, John Zorn, Bugpowder, Xhosa Cole & More New Releases

Read "Nala Sinephro, John Zorn, Bugpowder, Xhosa Cole & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Highlights from the European jazz scene plus a special focus on Ornette Coleman's direct and indirect inspiration of many contemporary musicians and on highly personal debut albums. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme" 0:00 Theorem of Joy “Atoll" L'hiver (Déluge) 0:16 Host talks 6:16 Mario Rom's Interzone “What You Say?" Eternal ...

Album

Out Here

Label: Little (i) Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Gazzelloni; 245; Out There; Music Matador; GW; Serene; Out to Lunch; Love Me; Warm Canto.

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Article: Album Review

Mary LaRose: Out Here

Read "Out Here" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Vocalist Mary LaRose has long been putting vocals, with and without words, to the works of modern jazz composers such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden and Eric Dolphy. This CD is her first full-length exploration of Dolphy, probing the free-wheeling elusiveness of his work with a group which includes several of the instruments he ...

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Article: Album Review

Mary LaRose: Out Here

Read "Out Here" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Vocalist Mary LaRose has explored the instrumental music of jazz artists in the past, penning lyrics to the music of Thelonious Monk,Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, and Charles Mingus. Also included in her previous releases is the music of Eric Dolphy, who has always been a spirit guide for LaRose. With Out Here, she dedicates an entire ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...

Album

Both Are True

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Climbing On Mirrors; Duo 1; Both Are True; Rebonds; Coral; And It Rolled Right Down; Foggy Valley; Duo 2; Reverses.


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