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Steve Coleman and Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias
The most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years.

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All About Jazz Album Reviews
last updated: Sun, 06 Nov 2016 03:35:05 -0500

Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

In the last solo concert tour of the first half of Keith Jarrett's career, the preeminent pianist of our time had, himself, recorded the performances across four Italian locations, on his digital audio tape machine. These would be the final public performances Jarrett would give for a number of year... [ read more ]

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Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band: Intenso!

If nothing else, an exclamation point is meant to grab one's attention. What matters most, of course, is what precedes (or follows) said mark. On Intenso!, the latest album by the m: Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, the music provides its own exclamation point, charging boldly forward a... [ read more ]

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Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry: Proximity

In its 80-year history, the Village Vanguard has had its share of legendary shows and, because of its intimacy, extended gigs and knowledgeable audience, has been the place for a large number of live recordings, including most recently, m: Enrico Pieranunzi's New Spring. While Proximity... [ read more ]

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Oscar Pettiford and Jan Johansson: In Denmark 1959-1960

Oscar Pettiford was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, in 1922, of a Choctaw Indian mother and a half Cherokee, half African American father. He became one of the most influential bass players in the history of jazz, building on the innovations of Jimmie Blanton to make the bass a genuine solo instrument... [ read more ]

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Nikolett Pankovits: Magia

Vocalist m: Nikolett Pankovits was born in Hungary, but she found her musical direction in New York City melding Hungarian songs with Latin American rhythms. She has a lovely warm voice, with almost no vibrato. Magia (the Spanish and Hungarian word for magic) is an eclectic mix of tradit... [ read more ]

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Neil Finn and Paul Kelly: Goin' Your Way

The essays written by Neil Finn and Paul Kelly enclosed inside the booklet within this double-CD set are, like the two men's original songs, wholly and completely without affectation. These two kindred spirits instead speak frankly about the pragmatic aspects of their collaboration, such as choosing... [ read more ]

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Jimi Hendrix: Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East First Show

When Jimi Hendrix walked onto the stage of the Fillmore East on 31st December, 1969, with Billy Cox (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums), virtually no-one would have had any idea what to expect, since this was not The Experience people had paid to see, but The Band Of Gypsys, an entirely different group a... [ read more ]

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Sting: 57th and 9th

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Sting has enjoyed an enviable set of circumstances. Not only does he have total artistic freedom but he has been accompanied by elite musicians and has a devoted, global fan base. In return, that has yielded many artistic triumphs as he explored almost eve... [ read more ]

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Glen Phillips: Swallowed by the New

It's not wholly fair to say Glen Phillips' is the sound of Toad the We Sprocket (with whom he still works when not going solo). But it was usually his insinuating voice and engaging way with words that shaped the group's sound and those virtues are readily apparent on this exotic sounding record Swa... [ read more ]

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Anna Danes: Find Your Wings

On her 2014 debut, San Diego's Anna Danes came across as what she admittedly was: A woman who only came to singing in her 40s, who had limited training, only a rudimentary grasp of technique and theory -in short, a beginner. The voice was unpolished, the delivery often hesitant, the choice in materi... [ read more ]

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Jim James: Eternally Even

With the very announcement of Eternally Even, My Morning Jacket's titular leader Jim James telegraphed the topical nature of his solo album, a somewhat disingenuous gesture to be sure, but ultimately a telling one. The sentiments as voiced in such a sing-song fashion on "Hide in Plain Sight" and "Sa... [ read more ]

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Allison Miller: Allison Miller and Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel

Alison Miller may well be the renaissance woman of modern jazz. High-profile mainstream gigs like appearing with the band on Late Night with Seth Myers hardly hint at the diverse complexity of her collaborations and work under own name, most conspicuously including the band Boom Tic Boom. She parses... [ read more ]

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Rale Micic / John Abercrombie / Peter Bernstein / Lage Lund: Inspired

Inspired showcases four of the world's most accomplished jazz guitarists honoring the legacy of a fifth: the late maestro m: Jim Hall, an exemplar to all and mentor to many. The quartet consists of American luminaries m: Peter Bernstein and m: John Abercrombie, Norwa... [ read more ]

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Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Bassist/composer m: Mark Dresser has long maintained a bi-coastal career. Born in Los Angeles, for many years his base of operations was New York--including ten years as a member of the m: Anthony Braxton Quartet--but since 2004 he has been on the faculty of the University of C... [ read more ]

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Peter Evans Quintet: Genesis

The unbounded creative experimenter, Peter Evans, returns to his quintet formation for their third outing on Genesis. Pianist m: Carlos Homs, departed the group following their debut, Ghosts (2011), being replaced by m: Ron Stabinsky ({{m: Mostly Other People Do the Killing... [ read more ]

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Alyssa Allgood: Out Of The Blue

If Alyssa Allgood's debut EP Lady Bird made a splash, then Out of the Blue is a veritable deluge of inspired thinking. The Chicago vocalist's imprint is evident in every lick of this full-length follow-up. From the original lyrics and arrangements to her choice of musicians and production, Allgood u... [ read more ]

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Carol Robbins: Taylor Street

In the context of jazz, the harp is a rare instrument indeed and there are proportionately few players in the field. Two exponents of this rare art are m: Alice Coltrane and the British harpist David Snell whose library composition "International Flight" is a jazz harp classic. A third is... [ read more ]

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The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2016

The year ending in May 2016 was quite an eventful time for the University of North Texas' flagship One O'Clock Lab Band. Besides hosting regular concerts and clinics in Denton and the surrounding area and holding its three yearly performances in Fort Worth, the band welcomed acclaimed drummer {{m: D... [ read more ]

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Stick Men: Prog Noir

Following up Stick Men's exhilarating recent 2-CD live set Midori (Moonjune, 2016) featuring legendary King Crimson violinist David Cross, the trio now supplements its monstrous attack with vocals, and tinted with a noir (dark) panorama via the lower tonal registers. Moreover, the King Crimson conne... [ read more ]

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Tony Moreno: Short Stories

Manhattan-native drummer Tony Moreno was born into and for music, his mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, a noted harpist, pianist and educator. Oh, and he received his first drum kit at ten-years old from... m: Elvin Jones who became his early mentor and teacher. Moreno has had a long and storie... [ read more ]

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Studio Sessions : NPR
last updated: Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:12:00 -0500

Michael McDonald On World Cafe
Wide Open gets pretty personal, and so did our conversation. McDonald discusses the reality of being a musician in his sixties and what he calls his "first big hurt" (and no, it's not a romantic one).Michael McDonald

Wide Open gets pretty personal, and so did our conversation. McDonald discusses the reality of being a musician in his sixties and what he calls his "first big hurt" (and no, it's not a romantic one).

(Image credit: Timothy White/Courtesy of the artist)

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