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Multi-talented saxophonist Ron Blake inhabits many worlds, and nowhere is this more apparent than on his third release for Mack Avenue, Shayari (shy-ree). Produced by pianist Michael Cain (who also appears on the CD), Shayari (the meaning, in Urdu, a type of ancient poetry consisting of couplets and a highly stylized form of verse considered extremely beautiful) combines fertile ground from each of Blake’s worlds to create an extraordinary landscape of its own. Showcased here in an intimate, unplugged, trio setting, the CD also features performances by special guests drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Christian McBride, violinist Regina Carter and percussionist Gilmar Gomes. Blake, a strikingly tall, Virgin Islands-born native, is based in New York City

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Red List

Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Canopy of Trees; The Red List; Giant Panda; Nocturnal Flight; Tigris; The Distant Deeps; Save the Elephants; Mariana Dove; Bwindi Forest; Congo Basin; Leatherbacks; Upriver; Only Eight; Vaquita; Javan Rhino.

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Canopy of Trees

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Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 4:26

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Article: Album Review

Brian Landrus: Red List

Read "Red List" reviewed by Jack Bowers


No matter how one receives his music, there is no doubt that woodwind specialist Brian Landrus' heart is in the right place. Red List, his eleventh album as leader, is dedicated to the preservation of Earth's endangered animal species. Landrus names thirteen, at least five of which--the kakapo, Malayan tiger, gharial, vaquita and Javan rhino--are all ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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The Movement Revisited

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Overture The Movement Revisited; Sister Rosa Prologue; Sister Rosa; Rosa Introduces Malcolm; Brother Malcolm Prologue; Brother Malcolm; Malcolm Introduces Ali; Ali Speaks; Rumble In The Jungle; Rosa Introduces MLK; Soldiers (I Have A Dream); A View From The Mountaintop; Apotheosis November 4th 2008.

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BB XL

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Atlantic Bridge; Blue Rondo a la Turk; Cantaloupe Island; Nica's Dream; Portus Apostoli (Intro); Portus Apostoli; The Way You Look Tonight; My Foolish Heart; Yo Conecto.

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Théâtre de Verdure Nice, France July 16-20, 2019 Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

Read "Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed" reviewed by Nigel Campbell


September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated ...

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Article: New York @ Night

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

Read "Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration" reviewed by Peter Jurew


Mingus Big BandJazz StandardNew York, NY April 24, 2017 Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...


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