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Susan Alcorn

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics. Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, the London Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burtm Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others. In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll


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Louis Sclavis, David León, Roby Glod & Joy Guidry

Read "Louis Sclavis, David León, Roby Glod & Joy Guidry" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Reed players have taken over the house this week. The eminent clarinetist Louis Sclavis stars in an excellent quartet using music, text and spoken word to create a moody sonic landscape out of short stories, poems and aphorisms by French and African authors. Other European saxophonists heard are Luxembourg's Roby Glod in a familiar setting with ...


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Anni Kiviniemi, Visions of Nar, Illegal Crowns, Mark Solborg & More

Read "Anni Kiviniemi, Visions of Nar, Illegal Crowns, Mark Solborg & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The elegance of the unforeseen might well be the core theme of this set featuring gorgeous and surprising international projects. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Shalosh “The Market" Tales of Utopia (ACT) 0:16 Host talks 3:37 Anni Kiviniemi Trio “Tiu Dropar" Eir ...


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Favorite Jazz of 2023

Read "Favorite Jazz of 2023" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode is a belated review of the best jazz music I heard in 2023. The musicians presented include Jaimie Branch, Ingrid Laubrock, Les McCann, Tyshawn Sorey, and Jeff Lederer. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...


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Susan Alcorn: Nueva Canción on Pedal Steel

Read "Susan Alcorn: Nueva Canción on Pedal Steel" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On the innovative pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn.While Susan got her start playing in country & western bands in Texas, she has taken the pedal steel into new and uncharted territories, exploring 20th-century classical music, improvisational jazz, and various world musics.On her latest project, CANTO (Relative Pitch Records), ...


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Mars Williams, Bro / Danielsson / Mazur & Andreas Willers

Read "Mars Williams, Bro / Danielsson / Mazur & Andreas Willers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a noticeable tilt towards new European releases in this episode, highlighted by Danish guitarist Jakob Bro with two of his idols, trumpeter Palle Danielsson & percussionist Marilyn Mazur for a new album, Strands; German guitarist Andreas Willers and his trio Derek Plays Eric, ratchet up the heat on their latest; Aut Records sent along new ...


From Union Pool

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Benn; Ñaar; Ñett.



Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2023


Song of the Day

Suite Para Todos

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 5:55


Article: Six Picks

Special Clean Feed Records Edition

Read "Special Clean Feed Records Edition" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

For this Six Picks special, we're taking a closer look at selection of the fine recordings released by the Lisbon, Portugal-based Clean Feed label in 2023. There are many idioms in improvised music and the avant-garde today still leaves plenty of room for new discoveries, which is clearly in evidence here, Vine Leaf


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