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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

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A year like no other produced a terrific amount of great music, much of inspired by--or in spite of—the surreal circumstances. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases of the year. A huge thank you to all the musicians, record labels, studios, agents, promotors and virtual technicians who helped keep us relatively ...

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.

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.

Monash Sessions: Ralph Alessi

Label: Monash Sessions
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pittance (Alessi) Melee (Alessi) Lap Nap (Alessi) In Flight Entertainment (Alessi) Smooth Descent (Alessi) I Go, You Go (Alessi) Maria Lydia (Alessi)

Monash Sessions: Collaborations

Label: Monash Sessions (Monash University)
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Pittance (Alessi); 2. Yoda (Oh); 3. Lady Geri (Keller); 4. Lap Nap (Alessi); 5. Drums Across the Ganges (Evans); 6. Jada (Bob Carleton); 7. Izanagi Izanami (Nguyen Le); 8. Deeper Than Happy (Oh); 9. Melee (Alessi); 10. Moving On (Bailey); 11. Pluridimensional (Monder); 12. Gee Whiz (Bailey); 13. O.K Chorale (Monder).

ARTICLE: RADIO

Legacy Saxophone from Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane

Read "Legacy Saxophone from Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane" reviewed by Russell Perry

Dewey Redman (1931-2006) and John Coltrane (1926-1967) are giants in jazz history. Their sons Joshua Redman (born 1969) and Ravi Coltrane (born 1965) are among the most prominent tenors playing today. Has there ever been another time in jazz history when two of the most admired players are children of jazz masters? And it is even ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley

Read "Ben Monder, Sandy Evans, Andrea Keller, Ralph Alessi & Rich Halley" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Monash University in jny: Melbourne, Australia is the home of the Sir Zelman Cowen School Of Music. It's an excellent program that believes in challenging the students. One of the ways it does that is to bring in internationally recognized artists to perform and work directly with the students. This episode presents some of those Monash ...

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music strives to inspire musicians towards excellence that knows no boundaries. We are an ambitious school who recognise the value of music in the world, in both its heritage and future forms. Our teaching and research seeks to expand the value of music and its evolution in our communities. The school celebrates the rich diversity of music making in Australia and its association with the rest of the world. The Jazz and Improvisation program is based on the African American jazz idiom as a language for learning. While the focus remains on music in Australia, it also embraces a wide selection of musical styles including jazz, world music, Brazilian, Indian, free, electronic, popular, Latin and blues to name but a few styles

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chad McCullough: Forward

Read "Forward" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Since his excellent recording debut under his own name, 2009's Dark Wood, Dark Water (Origin Records), trumpeter Chad McCullough has co-led a handful of forward-leaning discs with Belgian pianist Bram Weijters and one with Slovakian pianist Michal Vanoucek, in addition his work as sideman and his contributions to a few leaderless ensemble sets. Forward is just ...


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