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Rudresh Mahanthappa

Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll Winner (“Rising Star-Jazz Artist” and “Rising Star-Alto Saxophone”) Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. Named Alto Saxophonist of the Year for 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association, Rudresh has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision. As a performer, he leads/co-leads seven groups to critical acclaim. His recent release for Pi Recordings Kinsmen featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Gopalnath (September 25, 2008) was named one of the Top Jazz CDs of 2008 by over 20 news sources including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, Boston Globe, slate.com, JazzTimes, and the Village Voice to name just a few

InWhatStrumentals

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Color of My Circumference I; The Density of the 19th Century; Terminal City; Rentals; Security; DeGaulle; TLC; Three Lotto Stories; The Color of My Circumference II; Iraqi Businessman; Taking Back the Airplane; The Color of My Circumference III; In What Language; Asylum; The Color of My Circumference IV; Plastic Bag.

Hero Trio

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Red Cross; Overjoyed; Barabados/26-2; I Can't Get Started; The Windup; Ring Of Fire; I'll Remember April; Sadness; Dewey Square.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Goodbye to 2020 and for the most part good riddance. Unless of course, we are talking about great music. Hopefully, your self isolation bubble had good sounds. Keeping in mind the global pandemic will not end soon, here's a list of my top 18 releases for 2020. I hope they can ease the pain of social ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Something Borrowed

Read "Something Borrowed" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

In this third podcast on some of the best-reviewed jazz of the 2010's that we missed the first time 'round, the boys look at four albums that 'borrow' something, whether inspiration from a sci-fi author, jazz protests of the sixties, or jazz greats of the past such as Charlie Parker or Duke Ellington. It's a light ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl: Artlessly Falling

Read "Artlessly Falling" reviewed by Vic Albani

Esistono due donne nel mondo del jazz moderno che hanno mostrato di conoscere e capire in toto il genio musicale di Robert Wyatt. La prima, molto tempo fa e quindi in tempi non sospetti, è stata Carla Bley e non c'è altro da aggiungere. La seconda, che è invece colei di cui vogliamo scrivere, è Mary ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rez Abbasi: On balancing picture with music and shifting into Django mode

Read "Rez Abbasi: On balancing picture with music and shifting into Django mode" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

To really distinguish oneself in today's vast universe of guitarists, even within the confines of jazz, more and more resembles a Sisyphus task. When so much has been said and done, a specific tone or distinctive vocabulary alone no longer suffice to set an artist apart from the crowd. It is only through the sum of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tues., Oct. 13: Rudresh Mahanthappa Celebrates 'Hero Trio' With Streaming Album Release Concert

Tues., Oct. 13: Rudresh Mahanthappa Celebrates 'Hero Trio' With Streaming Album Release Concert

Alto saxophone star Rudresh Mahanthappa celebrates the release of Hero Trio—a wide-ranging session encompassing the music of his formative influences including Charlie Parker, Stevie Wonder, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Johnny Cash—with a live stream of the pre-recorded album concert along with a live Q & A moderated by Nate Chinen of WBGO. The event takes ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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