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To be released on January 31, Standards Vol. 1 transforms cornerstone works by Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and more into immersive, otherworldly realms of sound that are uniquely Rafiq Bhatia. Working with a cast of traditional jazz’s most beloved musicians including the three-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bhatia implements dreamlike and sometimes volatile electronic techniques to recast classic repertoire as a window into the darkness underlying ordinary American life. Eschewing nostalgia or emulation, Standards Vol. 1 is a deeply personal and decidedly un-standard record that will have you thinking about the possibilities of jazz in an entirely new way. This EP’s focus on songs a half-century old may surprise anyone already familiar with Bhatia, a musician whose embrace of sculpted noise and sound design is a far cry from the traditions of the American Songbook

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Great new albums - mostly from Canada

Read "Great new albums - mostly from Canada" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A selection of six new releases this time.... the majority of which are fine examples of a rich Canadian jazz scene Italian Guitarist Renato Podestà with his first album as a band leader with music inspired by New Orleans music tradition and the contemporary New York scene. Ottawa pianist Peter Hum with ...

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Take Five with Andy Clausen

Read "Take Five with Andy Clausen" reviewed by Andy Clausen

Meet Andy Clausen Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony. Clausen is also a founding member of The Westerlies, an award winning new music brass chamber ensemble. From Carnegie Hall to Coachella, The Westerlies ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Otis Sandsjö

Read "Otis Sandsjö" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972)Listening to Aretha coming home makes you feel like coming home. R.I.P. 2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012). This album was on repeat around the time of my daughter's birth a few months back. It says it all. A ...

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Otis Sandsjo

Read "Otis Sandsjo" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (Atlantic, 1972). Ascoltare Aretha ti fa sentire a casa. R.I.P. 2. Skúli Sverrisson, Óskar Gudjónsson, The Box Tree (Mengi, 2012). Perennemente sul tasto repeat durante la nascita di mia figlia qualche mese fa. Un suono di sax proveniente da un altro pianeta. 4. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vijay Iyer at SFJAZZ

Read "Vijay Iyer at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Vijay Iyer SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 18, 19, 21, 2018 Vijay Iyer told a San Francisco audience at Herbst Theater that it is amazingly difficult to tour in the United States, by way of explaining why he did not perform in his former hometown more often. But, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Virelles: Antenna

Read "Antenna" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer David Virelles has combined his Cuban heritage with jazz before, most notably on his 2014 ECM leader debut Mbókò, which had the subtitle “Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá." But this EP--which is being released exclusively on vinyl and digitally--takes things in an entirely new electro-acoustic direction. It's a dense ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rafiq Bhatia: Strata EP

Read "Strata EP" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È possibile condensare in meno di quindici minuti un'estetica musicale tutt'altro che monocorde o rigidamente indirizzata, con senso compiuto, peso specifico adeguato e rispetto della forma? A giudicare da questo Strata EP possiamo dire con tranquillità che Rafiq Bhatia ci è riuscito pienamente. Figlio di immigranti dell'Africa Orientale, nato e cresciuto in North Carolina, la musica ...


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