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Sam Gendel

Sam Gendel’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Satin Doll, will be released March 13, 2020. Recorded in Gendel’s native California, Satin Doll is a futuristic homage to historical jazz. The album features three musicians—Gendel on saxophone, Gabe Noel on electric bass, and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion—engaging in simultaneous synchronized sonic construction/deconstruction of jazz standards, including Miles Davis’ “Freddie Freeloader,” Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.” A Gendel-produced video for the album track “Afro Blue” by Mongo Santamaria may be seen below



Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Differences; Anywhere (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello); Are You That Somebody; I Swear; Candy Rain; In Those Jeans; Crazy In Love; I Wanna Know; Didn't Cha Know; Let Me Love You; SWV Medley; Water Runs Dry.


Article: Album Review

Sam Gendel: Cookup

Read "Cookup" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Saxophonist Sam Gendel has sent out an invitation to an unusual sonic Cookup. So what is he serving? Who will be there? Will beat poets merge with experimental musicians in a smoky jazz grotto? Will it be a cryptic musical labyrinth or a collection of meandering songs? Is it a transcription of ancient African organic rhythms ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Camilla Battaglia, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ben Wendel, Brad Allen Williams & More

Read "Camilla Battaglia, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ben Wendel, Brad Allen Williams & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Los Angeles and New York are the two poles of this playlist documenting the vibrancy of these two scenes, and their cross-pollination, including through a sample from the iconic Wattstax Benefit Concert, a dive into new releases by Colorfield Records, a jazz look at the Erykah Badu's and Kendrick Lamar's songbook, and the reimagining of Pharoah ...


Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2023

Read "Big Ears Festival 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennesse March 30-April 2, 2023 The second full edition after the pandemic found the Big Ears Festival still growing in attendance. Organizers responded by increasing the number of venues, including new ones like the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and ones that had not been used for some time, ...


Article: Interview

Voision Xi: Lost For Words, Found In Sounds

Read "Voision Xi: Lost For Words, Found In Sounds" reviewed by Jiaowei Hu

Voision Xi has been taking steps from behind the scenes to centre stage. Starting out as a program coordinator at China's multi-faceted jazz business company JZ Music, she has swiftly risen to be one of the most active jazz vocalists in the country. Warmth and the simplest joy can be found in her singing, with no ...


Song of the Day

Anywhere (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 3:33


Quality Over Opinion

Label: Brainfeeder
Released: 2022
Track listing: Quality Over Opinion; Dead Inside Shuffle; Not Needed Anymore; Shallow Laughter; Bitches; Message; Failing in a Cool Way; Disappear; I’m Tight; True Love; Planet X; Let Me Snack; Forgetting; Park Your Car on My Face; Don’t Care; Laughing in Her Seep; Outer Moat Behavior; When; Let It Happen; Little Piano Thing.


Article: Interview

Tom Skinner: The Son Of Kemet Shines A Light

Read "Tom Skinner: The Son Of Kemet Shines A Light" reviewed by Chris May

Tom Skinner has been a vital presence on the alternative London jazz scene for close on twenty years. Yet, remarkably, only now in November 2022 is the drummer and composer releasing his first album under his own name. Voices Of Bishara features Skinner alongside four friends and fellow radicals: tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chelsea Carmichael, Takuya Kuroda, James Taylor Quartet, OHMA & Other New Releases

Read "Chelsea Carmichael, Takuya Kuroda, James Taylor Quartet, OHMA & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We are back with another set list chockful of exciting new and upcoming albums, from the cinematic atmospheres of the James Taylor Quartet and the mysterious Louis Fontane, to the explorations of Sam Gendel or Hailey Niswanger's and Mia Garcia's OHMA; from the physchedelic journeys of Wax Machine and Kalaha, to the sounds of London's Total ...


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