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Vince Mendoza

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The wide scope of his works demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of many musical languages. He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic orchestra settings and his jazz composing credits read like a who’s who of the best modern instrumentalists, singers and composers. Heralded by critics as a master of contemporary idioms, composer and arranger Vince Mendoza has become a primary choice for the world’s most sophisticated contemporary musicians. Born in 1961 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Mendoza began learning classical guitar and piano from an early age

Album

Freedom Over Everything

Label: Modern Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1-7. Concerto for Orchestra: American Noise; Consolation; Hit the Streets; Meditation; Justice and the Blues; Freedom over Everything; Finale. 8. To the Edge of Longing; 9. New York Stories.

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Article: Interview

Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension

Read "Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Even if forced to count just one of the two musical associations he's most noted for—a 35-year long relationship playing with the late Allan Holdsworth, and a 15-year long (and counting) stint in John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension—Gary Husband would still easily make many people's musician watchlist. But with both to his credit, (each on a different ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Oatts: Personalities

Read "Personalities" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Saxophonist Chris Oatts is a graduate of the jazz program at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance and the nephew of revered saxophonist—and faculty member of Temple University—Dick Oatts. This reviewer heard Chris Oatts at Chris' Jazz Café (similarity in the names purely coincidental) in September, 2021, with his quintet featuring one of his ...

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Article: Interview

Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music

Read "Emilio Solla: The Chemistry of Music" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Emilio Solla is an Argentinian, New York-based pianist and composer who mixes classical, jazz, and tango idioms. He has received two Grammy nominations and won a Latin Grammy Award for Puertos: Music From International Waters (Avantango Records, 2019). He has recorded eleven albums as a bandleader and more than forty music projects in different capacities.

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Article: Six Picks

March 2022

Read "March 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Jun MiyakeWhispered Garden Enja Records / Yellowbird Records 2022 Leaving the hazy Lost Memory Theatre (Enja, 2013, 2015, 2018) behind and moving on to the equally shrouded Whispered Garden, Paris-based trumpeter, composer and sound-architect Jun Miyake introduces us to a musical magnum-creation, his newest, that seems to encompass everything from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fred Hersch & Simon Moullier

Read "Fred Hersch & Simon Moullier" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Neon Jazz has always been swayed by the vibes and we start the 725th Episode of the show with Simon Moullier and his trio with a track from his latest release. We also look into some emerging artists in jazz who are making 2021 a memorable year. From Sarah Wilson, Vince Mendoza, Chris Standring and Dave ...

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Article: Album Review

Vince Mendoza: Freedom Over Everything

Read "Freedom Over Everything" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Freedom Over Everything is a rather tall order, one that New York-born composer & arranger Vince Mendoza has chosen to describe in musical terms—with help from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and a number of guest artists including, on one track, the acclaimed American tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman— via a picturesque seven-movement “Concerto for Orchestra."

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

When Jazz Pops, Part 2

Read "When Jazz Pops, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Ornette Coleman playing for Lou Reed? Or the Sun Ra Arkestra together with Steven Bernstein's Sexmob Orchestra backing U2 courtesy of Hal Willner? And Kenny Wheeler collaborating with both David Sylvian and Joni Mitchell? This and many more fascinating collaborations between jazz masters and pop and rock musicians in this playlist.Happy listening!Playlist ...

Article: Album Review

Vince Mendoza - Czech National Symphony Orchestra: Freedom Over Everything

Read "Freedom Over Everything" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'integrazione tra scrittura per orchestra sinfonica e jazz si arricchisce di un originale contributo di Vince Mendoza, che dirige la Czech National Symphony Orchestra in nuove partiture. Il fulcro dell'album è la suite in sei movimenti “Concerto For Orchestra," in cui si integra il tema “Freedom For Everything." Seguono due lunghe composizioni: “To The Edge Of ...


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