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Randal Despommier

Likened to a “Rimbaud hipster” (The Rest is Jazz), Randal Despommier’s music is a genres-and-centuries spanning amalgam of jazz, blues, and western classical idioms, resulting in a distinct twenty first-century compositional voice. Since moving to New York City in 2013, Despommier, a native of Metairie, Louisiana, has become a part of the New York jazz scene, performing in the ‪Williamsburg Music Center‬, ‪Cornelia Street Café‬, The Cell Theater, and other NYC jazz havens. All At Onceness, a “compelling new album” (Boston Globe) on Red Piano Records, is Despommier’s first recording project with pianist/composer Jason Yeager

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Favorite Jazz of 2022

Read "Favorite Jazz of 2022" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show looks back at 2022 by playing my favorite jazz recordings of the past year. Musicians featured include Nate Wooley (with his group Columbia Icefield), Hedvig Mollestad, Tyshawn Sorey, Wayne Shorter, and Bill Frisell. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of ...

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A Midsummer Odyssey

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Toka Voka Oka Boka; Igloo; Danny's Dream; BBC Blues; Mazurka; Dyningar; Silhouette; I Min Smala Säng; I Hope It's Spring for You.

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Bill Evans, Graham Collier and Impossible Gentlemen

Read "Bill Evans, Graham Collier and Impossible Gentlemen" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an eclectic show featuring the clarinets of Darryl Harper and Tony Scott, the pianos of Bill Evans and Horace Silver, and groups such as The Impossible Gentlemen and the Leadbelly Legacy Band.Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can;t Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill ...

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Randal Despommier: A Midsummer Odyssey

Read "A Midsummer Odyssey" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Lars Gullin was a Swedish baritone saxophonist active mainly in the Fifties and Sixties and known for his work on his native jazz scene as well as playing with American stars such as Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. His compositions were an early example of a European musician mixing the sounds of his home country with ...

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Randal Despommier: A Midsummer Odyssey

Read "A Midsummer Odyssey" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If it was possible to fall in love with a set of music, Randal Despommier's A Midsummer Odyssey might be the one. The backstory to this recording begins in Perugia, Italy in 2005, where the American saxophonist heard the composition “Danny's Dream," by the Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin (1928--1976). He was captivated by the music performed ...

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Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin

Read "Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A mystery project bearing the DNA of the late Hal Willner and Sun Ra, a project inspired by the poetry of that same Herman Poole Blount, tributes to Carla Bley and Lars Gullin, saxophonists on the rise, and a teenage sensation.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Cameron Graves, Randal Despommier, Jeff Lorber Fusion and Graham Costello and Strata

Read "Cameron Graves, Randal Despommier, Jeff Lorber Fusion and Graham Costello and Strata" reviewed by Len Davis


On today's program we begin with two dynamic piano players, Cameron Graves and Hiromi. Saxophonist Randal Despommier with his latestDio C'e and Space-Time from Jeff Lorber Fusion with Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak. Playlist Cameron Graves “Sacred Spheres" from Seven (Mack Avenuel) 00:00 Hiromi “Double Personality" from Another Mind (Telarc) 06:18 Randal Despommier “Big ...

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New releases from Mark Lettieri, Tomas Merlo Group and Randal Despommier

Read "New releases from Mark Lettieri, Tomas Merlo Group and Randal Despommier" reviewed by Len Davis


Lots of new music this week including Mark Lettieri, Tomas Merlo Group, Dave Weckl, Band, Jeremy Green and Randal Despommier.Playlist Mark Lettieri “Red Dwarf" from Deep; The Baritone Sessions (Ground Up Music) 00:00 Snarky Puppy “Bling Bling" from Immigrance (Ground Up Music) 06:35 Dimas Predipta “9 Range Road" from Extension (BeatLuz Music) 13:06 Dewa ...

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New releases from Randal Despommier, Mark Lettieri, Cameron Graves and much more

Read "New releases from Randal Despommier,  Mark Lettieri, Cameron Graves and much more" reviewed by Len Davis


We're spinning new music from Charles Berthoud, Cameron Graves, Mark Lettieri and Randal Despommier. Playlist Miles Davis “Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" from Live At Filmore (Sony) 00:00 Return To Forever “Al's Solo" from Return To Forever Returns (Eagle) 06:51 Charles Berthoud “Don't Look Back Again" from Epiphany (Self Produced) 13:34 Cameron Graves “Sons ...


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