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Ralph Alessi

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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

Album

Untucked In Hannover

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: If I Should Lose You; Stella By Starlight; What's New—There Is No Greater Love; I Fall In Love Too Easily; Just In Time—In Your Own Sweet Way; Long Ago And Far Away.

Album

Identified Flying Object

Label: W.E.R.F. Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Nebula; Levitate!; Ready, Set Go; Aurora; Maenads; Underwater Star Based Society; Toy Pianos; Source Of The Ten Thousand Things.

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Article: Radio

Marco Colonna, Resilient Vesssels & Muriel Grossmann

Read "Marco Colonna, Resilient Vesssels & Muriel Grossmann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Three new recordings by excellent reed players highlight this edition. Italy's multi-instrumentalist Marco Colonna fronts a risk-taking trio with double bassist Dario Miranda and drummer Fabrizio Spera on their recording N-EST, while one of the hottest saxophonists in the universe—James Brandon Lewis—is a member of Resilient Vessels, a quartet assembled by bassist and visual artist Josh ...

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Article: Radio

Devin Gray, Benoit Delbecq and Oh! Canada

Read "Devin Gray, Benoit Delbecq and Oh! Canada" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


With this show's air date falling on July 1st, Canada Day, I decided I best get all patriotic, eh, and program a wide variety of Canadian artists in the second half to celebrate Canadian jazz. In the first part there are tunes from new releases by Benoit Delbecq, the trio of Devin Gray, Ralph Alessi and ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 3: Pino Basile & Mizuki Wildenhahn

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 3: Pino Basile & Mizuki Wildenhahn" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Swish Knocker, And More Early on in his career, the late Milford Graves abandoned the snare drum, substituting the resonance of the toms for the snare parts. He believed music of the drum reverberated from within the drummer and the listener without the need for extraneous instrumentation. Tyshawn Sorey's approach to music speaks to contempt ...

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Article: Radio

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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Article: Album Review

Tom Rainey Obbligato: Untucked In Hannover

Read "Untucked In Hannover" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Tom Rainey Obbligato is drummer Rainey's jazz standards group. Untucked In Hannover is the first live album of a triptych. It follows Obbligato (2014) and Float Upstream (2017), both on Intakt Records. Great American Songbook tunes hammered and bent and stretched away from expectations into new shapes is the name of the game, an approach which ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Koo / Attila Gyárfas / Ralph Alessi: Identified Flying Object

Read "Identified Flying Object" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Belgian-Japanese pianist Alex Koo and Hungarian drummer Attila Gyárfás formed the duo Identified Flying Object to explore fully improvised music that has one foot in jazz, one in chamber music, another in minimalism, and a fourth in electronic manipulations. Their initial release Galactic Liturgy (2017) is followed up here with the addition of Ralph Alessi's trumpet ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ralph Alessi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ralph Alessi

All About Jazz is celebrating Ralph Alessi's birthday today! 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 ...


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