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Raf Vertessen

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More Pandemic Duets And Other New Releases

Read "More Pandemic Duets And Other New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show more of the outstanding Pandemic Duets curated by Stephen Gauci together with a selection of brand new releases including featured albums from Luciana Morelli, Noa Fort, Peace Flag Ensemble and Gregg Belisle-Chi interpreting the music of Tim Berne. We kick off the show with the Joel Frahm Trio.Playlist Joel Frahm ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen

Read "Dejan Terzic’s Axiom, Woodoism, Yunseon Yi Trio, & Stéphane Payen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's a definite international tilt to this episode, with samplings of new releases by artists from France (Stéphane Payen and the Jazz Station Big Band & The Workshop), Germany (Dejan Terzic and Tru Cargo Service, Switzerland) Zurich Jazz Orchestra featuring Steffen Schorn and the quartet Woodoism), England's Ferg Ireland, and South Korean pianist Yunseon Yi's trio. ...

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Dave Holland Trio, Sonny Simmons, Astral Spirits & El Negocito Releases

Read "Dave Holland Trio, Sonny Simmons, Astral Spirits & El Negocito Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's something in this episode for just about everybody. You'll hear samples from the new Dave Holland trio project, some hard-nosed improv from new releases on the Astral Spirits label (including a re-release of Cleveland's legendary Vernacular Trio), a look through some releases from the interesting catalogue of Belgium's El Negocito Records, a walk down memory ...

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Schweizer & Drake, Tom Rainey & El Negocito Artists

Read "Schweizer & Drake, Tom Rainey & El Negocito Artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode features some excellent new releases: veteran free jazzers, pianist Irène Schweizer and drummer Hamid Drake, tearing it up at a European festival, the sublime trio Ocelot from Brooklyn, South Korean drummer Soojin Suh, pianist Dahveed Behroozi, Tom Rainey & Obligato live in Europe, and Split-Bit from jny: Berlin, plus tracks from several artists who ...

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Raf Vertessen Quartet: LOI

Read "LOI" reviewed by John Sharpe


Belgian drummer Raf Vertessen's quartet unites a mouth-watering array of talent, and he keeps them busy on his leadership debut LOI. Since arriving in Brooklyn, in 2016, Vertessen has dug in deep, enlisting saxophonist Anna Webber, trumpeter Adam O'Farrill and bassist Nick Dunston, all acclaimed leaders in their own right, to realize his charts in a ...

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LOI

Label: El Negocito Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: LOI; #1; #4; Layers; #14; Fake 3:7; IRR (1) & #3; Cardinali 2+3; #2.

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Raf Vertessen: LOI

Read "LOI" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Since relocating from his native Belgium to New York City, superb drummer and wily composer Raf Vertessen has ingratiated his talents into the region's always burgeoning improv and avant-garde musicscape, performing with upper-echelon musicians, evidenced on this first-rate debut as a leader. Here, the drummer cites influences from the dynamic international contingent of 1960s ...


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