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Ralph Alessi

Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco, CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he set out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland.

Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music

Freya

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Parallax; Scáthach Isle of Skye; Aspasia and Pericles; In the Light of Reverence; Freya; Interlude #1; Heart to Heart; Juno Lucina; Geri’s Print; Interlude #2.

Totem

Label: Losen Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Gecko; Evocation; Wolf Totem; Curly; Sea Crossing Part 1; Sea Crossing Part 2; Memories Reprise; Mirrors.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tineke Postma: Freya

Read "Freya" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Following the co-led outing with Greg Osby that was Sonic Halo (Challenge Records, 2014), Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma took a step back from her solo career to raise a family. In the intervening years there were two trio albums with Nathalie Loriers, but Freya-- Postma's debut on Edition Records--marks her comeback as a leader. Inspiration comes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri: Hypnosis

Read "Hypnosis" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

It can be interpreted as quite the democratic statement when an album from a saxophonist is introduced with an almost two-minute long drum solo that solely focuses on the percussive qualities of the instrument. Which is exactly what drummer Mika Kallio does on the opening segment of the Finnish saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen's sophomore album with the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ferdinando Romano: Totem

Read "Totem" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

According to Italian double bassist Ferdinando Romano, a totem “is a symbol that represents a natural or spiritual entity which has a particular meaning for a single person or even for a large group of people." Furthermore, it refers to the different references each of the musicians on this album have, the different people they've met ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ferdinando Romano: Una Collaborazione Naturale con Ralph Alessi

Read "Ferdinando Romano: Una Collaborazione Naturale con Ralph Alessi" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Per il suo debutto discografico da leader con il disco Totem, registrato per l'etichetta norvegese Losen Records, il giovane musicista Ferdinando Romano sceglie di formare un settetto con la presenza come ospite di Ralph Alessi, uno degli artisti di punta della scena creativa newyorchese, grazie a collaborazioni con musicisti del calibro di Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 1

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Stevie Wonder has more entries in the Real Book than any other pop musician, The Beatles included. It is not surprising therefore that his Songbook has been mined by hundreds of jazz musicians, including the likes of Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon or Herbie Hancock. To mark the 70th birthday of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Remembering Wallace and Manu

Read "Remembering Wallace and Manu" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we pay tribute to the recently departed Wallace Roney and Manu Dibango. There's a couple of tracks from Manu and selection of highlights from Wallace picking up on work associated with his mentor Miles Davis. I also feature the recent album from guitarist Tomas Janzon in a great quartet, and there's ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New sounds from Postma, Gould and Shaw

Read "New sounds from Postma,  Gould and Shaw" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show new releases including: The seventh album from Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma. Her first since 2014,  a come-back album as a leader. Together with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Dan Weiss and featuring pianist Kris Davis she has delivered an excellent set. A remarkable live album from Bill ...


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