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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

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March

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Pack Up, Coming For You; Life Only Gets More; Wave Shake and Angle Bounce; The March and the Storm Before the Quiet of the Dance; Docile Fury Ballad; Silhouettes in Smoke; For Alan, Part II.

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I Am a Stranger in This World

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2022
Track listing: As Chaff Before the Wind, Lighten My Eyes, Make Hste to Help Me, I Am a Stranger in This World, Truth in His Heart, Like Rain Upon the Mown Grass, Keep Not Your Silence, The Wine of Astonishment, I Shall Not Want, At Midnight I Will Rise, Every Beast of the Field

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Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double: March

Read "March" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is the second release by drummer and vibraphonist Tomas Fujiwara's unique double trio with himself and Gerald Cleaver on drums, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitar and Taylor Ho Bynum and Ralph Alessi on brass, a group that can be configured as two trios, three pairs of instruments or something in between. The sound ...

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Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double: March

Read "March" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Drummer, composer and vibraphonist Tomas Fujiwara did not set out to rebut the saying “familiarity breeds contempt," but March from his sextet Triple Double does just that. His combination of three pairs of double instruments—guitarists Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook, cornet/trumpets Taylor Ho Bynum and Ralph Alessi, plus double drummers Gerald Cleaver and Tomas Fujiwara himself—creates ...

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Pack Up, Coming for You

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Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2022
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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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Article: Album Review

Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double: March

Read "March" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Drummer Tomas Fujiwara's March, another offering from his Triple Double sextet, was recorded in December 2019, prior to the widespread racial unrest that followed the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others in 2020. But it feels completely of a piece with those protests, with an unsettled anger and impatience that animate every moment ...

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Ilmiliekki Quartet: Ilmiliekki Quartet

Read "Ilmiliekki Quartet" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


When opener “Three Queens" kicks off seemingly mid-motion, Verneri Pohjola, Tuomo Prättälä, Antti Lötjönen and Olavi Louhivuori—a foursome going by the name of Ilmiliekki Quartet—sound as though they've already been at it for a while. They're all warmed up, in complete sync and have found a common groove at which they're smoothly tugging and pulling in ...

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Angelika Niescier & Alexander Hawkins: Soul In Plain Sight

Read "Soul In Plain Sight" reviewed by John Sharpe


Some of pianist British Alexander Hawkins' most potent outings have been in the intimate duo setting. Think, for example, of Leaps In Leicester (Clean Feed, 2016) with Evan Parker or Shards And Constellations (Intakt, 2020) with cellist Tomeka Reid. To that list can be added this richly-detailed double act with the Polish-born, German-resident saxophonist Angelika Niescier. ...


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