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Steph Richards

"The musical headspace in which rising Brooklyn-via-Canada trumpeter Steph Richards operates stretches far beyond avant-garde jazz—an area she’s explored with visionaries such as Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, and John Zorn—and into art- pop territory (she’s logged studio time with Yoko Ono and David Byrne too).” (JazzTimes). Driven by a curiosity of how listeners engage with sound, Canadian trumpeter and composer Steph Richards is a radical innovator in the avant and experimental scenes. From choreography to underwater percussion, her compositions have premiered on stages as varied as Carnegie Hall, the Blue-note and Lincoln Center to underground iconic venues such as The Stone

Article: Live Review

Steph Richards Supersense al Carambolage di Bolzano

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Steph Richards Supersense Quartet Carambolage Bolzano 28.11.2022 Presentato nel terzo album da leader della trombettista statunitense Steph Richards, Supersense è un progetto basato sulla relazione tra stimoli olfattivi e sonori. L'idea, la scintilla creativa nasce dalla reciproca connessione dei sensi, dalle suggestioni che ne scaturiscono in una dimensione sinestesica che spesso ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wendy Eisenberg, Matthew Halsall, Craig Taborn, Sara Schoenbeck & Other New Releases

Read "Wendy Eisenberg, Matthew Halsall, Craig Taborn, Sara Schoenbeck & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spiritual jazz, spirited jazz and creative jazz in this playlist, which offers a pretty good case study on why jazz is often described as the “sound of surprise." Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Various Artists “Black and Blue (feat. Common)" A Gift to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Borderlands Trio, Amir ElSaffar & Michael Attias

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This episode is packed with music from several new releases. Stephan Crump's Borderlands Trio leads things off with a track from Wandersphere's set of riveting extended songs. Then come tunes from William Parker, a pair of bands from Poland—Kwasny Desczc and saxophonist Michal Bak's Quartetto, Canadian bassist Nick Adema, Chilean saxophonist now living in France—Diego Manuschevich, ...

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Article: Album Review

Steph Richards: Zephyr

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Zephyr comes at you from all sides. Some you hear coming, others you don't. And some you just hear, stop and marvel at how we choose to communicate both to ourselves and to others. You listen in and then move on to the next unknown emergency, to the next crash course, the next languid sea. It ...

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Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Royal Krunk Jazz Orch. & Rogue Art

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The episode is packed with excellent music from new releases: Andrew Cyrille's sublime quartet, three strong and challenging releases from Rogue Art, Steph Richards & Joshua White, William Parker's Mayan Space Station, Angelika Niescier & Alexander Hawkins, and Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra, and much more. Dig in. Playlist Rodrigo Dominguez “Bolero" from ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Chacona's Best Releases Of 2020

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It's tempting to say that this was the year the music died, and for clubs, concert and festival stages, that might generally be true. Yet, in this most confounding and contrary of years it's thoroughly fitting that as live music grew silent, recordings roared with eloquence, fury and, yes, beauty. Here are the releases that most ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases Of 2020

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Here we are on the heels of Annus Horriblis still clinging to traditions both minuscule and grand like year end best of lists. So in the spirit of the season and survival, here's a 2020 playlist. Listen to these in this order or random play and perhaps the year in retrospect won't appear so damn bad. ...

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James Brandon Lewis, Code Girl, Junk Magic, Tim Berne & Gianni Lenoci

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When you're hot, you're hot, and that's the kind of year saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is having. He's been a part of several fine albums this year, and his recent quartet release, Molecular, for Intakt Records is a further step on his path to the top. He demonstrates his concept of “Molecular Systematic Music." Mary Halvorson ...

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Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019

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Everyone's favourite drummer Dan Weiss created quite a stir with the debut album of his band Starebaby. That ball keeps rolling with their sophomore release, Natural Selection. And what else could you expect from a band with Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder and Trevor Dunn? The album rocks! Friend and mentor become playing partners on ...


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