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A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 2

Read "A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our focus on the compositions of Charles Mingus, on the eve of what would have been his 99th birthday. Today's jazz would sound very different if Mingus had not been around and for this show we focus on his best renditions of his most beautiful compositions.PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...

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Article: Radio

A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1

Read "A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus: The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Charles Mingus would have turned 99 years old on 22 April 2021. So with a year ahead of his centennial celebration we've decided to focus this edition of Mondo Jazz on Mingus as a composer, featuring some of the best renditions of his most memorable compositions.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...

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Various Artists: The Harry Smith B-Sides

Read "The Harry Smith B-Sides" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


An anthology of music is a mirror of the world. It says something about a specific time, a place, a genre, a label, or the life story of an artist. But in a few rare cases, an anthology can also help shape a musical landscape. In that sense, it becomes a musical map that not only ...

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Various Artists: Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music

Read "Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Every audio medium has its champions from CD oldies to tape hipsters and lossless purists, but those who like to play big discs with a needle instead of a laser should not be lumped into such a vulgar category as vinyl revivalists. It's both a question of material and size, and true afficionados prefer the fragile ...

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Various Artists: New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA

Read "New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The distance between New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) and Havana (Cuba) is almost exactly 670 miles, about a two-hour flight. But it takes only one listen to Putumayo Records' anthology New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to NOLA to bridge the distance between the two. With such a wide and colorful net to cast, assembling this collection ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti

Read "Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Bahama Soul Club Bohemia After Dawn Buyú Records 2020 Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz ...

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Various Artists: Indaba Is

Read "Indaba Is" reviewed by Chris May


There are probably several reasons why American jazz made the deep and lasting impact it did on South Africa in the 1950s. One may be that the colonial regime which was imposed on the country during Europe's pan-African nineteenth-century landgrab was among the most vicious of them all, and persisted the longest through the apartheid system ...

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Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Label: BMG
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kesha: Children of the Revolution; Nick Cave: Cosmic Dancer; Joan Jett: Jeepster; Devendra Banhart: Scenescof; Lucinda Williams: Life's a Gas; Peaches: Solid Gold, Easy Action; BØRNS: Dawn Storm; Beth Orton: Hippy Gumbo; King Khan: I Love to Boogie; Gaby Moreno: Beltane Walk; U2 with Elton John: Bang a Gong (Get It On) ; John Cameron Mitchell: Diamond Meadows; Emily Haines: Ballrooms of Mars; Father John Misty: Main Man; Perry Farrell: Rock On; Elysian Fields: The Street and Babe Shadow; Gavin Friday: The Leopards; Nena: Metal Guru; Marc Almond: Teenage Dream; Helga Davis: Organ Blues; Todd Rundgren: Planet Queen; Jesse Harris: Great Horse; Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl: Mambo Sun; Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon: Pilgrim's Tale; David Johansen: Bang a Gong (Get It On) [Reprise]; Maria McKee & Gavin Friday: She Was Born to Be My Unicorn / Ride a White Swan.

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Article: Radio

Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana, Ben Wendel, Ellen Andrea Wang, Aaron Burnett and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the second part of this week's review of new and upcoming releases we focus on new projects by saxophonists Ben Wendel (as leader and sideman of Tom Guarna, Nubya Garcia (revisiting Joe Henderson for the Blue Note Re:imagined project, and as member of Maisha. Also noteworthy the new project of drummers Cindy Blackman Santana (with ...


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