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Emma Swift's Multitudes

Emma Swift's Multitudes

BY ERIC GUDAS
September 22, 2020

As its title suggests, Blonde on the Tracks, Australian-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emma Swift's first full-length album, re-interprets songs from the heart of Bob Dylan 1960s and '70s catalog, although its span covers his most recent work. Swift belongs to the generations of listeners who grew up on the songs of Gram Parsons}], Dylan, {{m: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bill Withers, Leonard Cohen, and other masters of 1960s and '70s-era Great North American Songbook, much as Dylan and his contemporaries were ......

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CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums  With No Added Sugar (Almost)

CTI Records: Ten Tasty Albums With No Added Sugar (Almost)

BY CHRIS MAY
September 21, 2020

Few jazz producers divide opinion as much as Creed Taylor. He is a hero to many and a villain to as many more. His fans love him for his high production values. His detractors accuse him of dumbing jazz down with excessively sweetened orchestrations and other sales-oriented compromises. Nowhere is the dispute more heated than over Taylor's output for his own CTI label, which spanned jazz-funk, fusion, hard bop and post-bop straight-ahead. Taylor cut his teeth in ......

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Critically Acclaimed Singer, Josie Falbo, To Release Long Awaited CD 'You Must Believe In Spring' On Southport Records,  September 25

Critically Acclaimed Singer, Josie Falbo, To Release Long Awaited CD 'You Must Believe In Spring' On Southport Records, September 25

BY RALPH LAMPKIN JR.
September 21, 2020

On You Must Believe in Spring, Josie Falbo sings and swings her way through from The Great American Songbook. “Spring" includes Billy Strayhorn's “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing", Harold Arlen/Truman Capote's mesmerizing “A Sleepin' Bee" and the title track, “You Must Believe in Spring," by the late, Michel Legrand and his writing partners, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, where she soars with complete authenticity. Producer/Arranger Carey Deadman delivers tracks for full orchestra (50+ strong!) to splendid effect, with a “who’s ......

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Lloyd-Hussain-Lage Trio to Perform Special Show Live from Healdsburg—Saturday, September 26, 7PM PT

Lloyd-Hussain-Lage Trio to Perform Special Show Live from Healdsburg—Saturday, September 26, 7PM PT

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 20, 2020

On Saturday, September 26, Healdsburg Jazz presents the world premiere of Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Julian Lage playing together as a trio for the first time, to be streamed live around the world. Each musician will be driving to the intimate wine country town in Northern California for this extraordinary real-time live show. Saxophonist/flautist Charles is heading up from Santa Barbara, tabla-master Zakir from Marin County, and guitarist Julian all the way from Nashville, Tenn. The group will play ......

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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Meet Mike Jurkovic

BY AAJ STAFF
September 19, 2020

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had been writing and contributing to more rock and folk oriented publications for years as the Rock 'n' Roll Curmudgeon when a couple of encouraging ......

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Acoustic Guitar Virtuoso Mark Vickness To Release Second Album Interconnected

Acoustic Guitar Virtuoso Mark Vickness To Release Second Album Interconnected

BY WILLIAM JAMES
September 18, 2020

Three years after releasing his debut solo CD, Places, composer/guitarist, Mark Vickness releases Interconnected featuring four new solo modern fingerstyle compositions and four original pieces with his new ensemble, also called Interconnected. In addition to Mark on acoustic guitars, the ensemble brings together two time Grammy winning violinist, Mads Tolling, cellist Joseph Hebert, Dan Feiszli on upright and electric bass and tabla virtuoso, Ty Burhoe. Says Mark, “The music on this recording is intended to convey interconnectedness, the reality that ......

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Tallinn Music Week 2020

Tallinn Music Week 2020

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
September 18, 2020

Tallinn Music Week Tallinn, Estonia August 28-29, 2020 Postponed from March, the Tallinn Music Week might not have happened, even in August. Seemingly on the cusp of cancellation, its team forged ahead with determination, even though many of their booked artists were forced to veer away due to the increasing red-zone virus status of many European countries. Ultimately, there was a higher ratio of native Estonian acts present this year, but also visitors from ......

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Station Narva 2020

Station Narva 2020

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
September 17, 2020

Station Narva Narva, Estonia August 26, 2020 Only the Narva River separates this festival from Russian territory. This is the easternmost point of Estonia, with the compact Station Narva taking place in the environs of Art Club Ro-Ro, right on the riverbank. There's the main Pealava outdoor stage, plus a blank factory unit that acts as the Tantsulava dance stage, simply three walls and a raised security door, opening up to the outside air. ......

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Takuya Kuroda: Fly Moon Die Soon's Delicious Future-Funk Throwback

Takuya Kuroda: Fly Moon Die Soon's Delicious Future-Funk Throwback

BY ROB GARRATT
September 17, 2020

Last time All About Jazz spoke to Takuya Kuroda, just days after the release of his smoky, neo-soul-styled breakthrough Rising Sun (Blue Note, 2014), the Japanese trumpeter was asked what he wanted to record next. “I see myself doing more of a straight-ahead thing," he said at time. “I might do an album with strings." Kuroda guffaws heavily when reminded of expressing this sentiment. After all, Rising Sun was instead followed by the thick funk/fusion workout of Zigzagger ......

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20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Marina Albero

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Marina Albero

BY PAUL RAUCH
September 16, 2020

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the south. It has produced such historical jazz icons as Quincy Jones and Ernestine Anderson. In many instances it has acted as a temporary repose ......

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The Nash Announces The Creation Of The Mary Bishop Perret Jazz Education Fund

The Nash Announces The Creation Of The Mary Bishop Perret Jazz Education Fund

BY MICHAEL RICCI
September 16, 2020

In honor of her long-standing love and support of young jazz artists, The Nash announces the establishment of The Mary Bishop Perret Jazz Education Fund. Donations made to the fund will directly support The Nash programs for youth, including Phoenix Jazz Girls, The Nash Legacy Ensemble and The Nash Futures, providing scholarships for young musicians who want to learn and play jazz. Contributions can be made by cash, check or online. A “Yeah” for Mary Bishop's Legacy by Jana Bommersbach ......

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Charles McPherson: The Art Of Teaching

Charles McPherson: The Art Of Teaching

BY JIM TRAGESER
September 15, 2020

Charles McPherson will always be known for his alto sax playing. A favorite of Hollywood director Clint Eastwood, McPherson first gained a national reputation playing in Charles Mingus' combo in the late 1950s. By 1964 he was recording as a leader (although he'd continue to perform with Mingus for another half-decade), and later re-created Charlie Parker's playing for the 1988 Eastwood film Bird. Still busy into his ninth decade, the 81-year-old McPherson has recently added another role to ......

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Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation

Marc Urselli: Between Bolan and Willner, tradition and innovation

BY EMMANUEL DI TOMMASO
September 14, 2020

The wait is over. The much anticipated Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T-Rex has been released by BMG after a number of vicissitudes, not least the COVID-19 pandemic, which took the album's producer Hal Willner, on April 7, 2020, one day after his 64th birthday. Angelheaded Hipster was his swan song. In true Hal Willner fashion, this tribute project features countless Marc Bolan classics covered by a motley crew of artists, ranging from household names ......

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New Release By Markus Rutz - Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

New Release By Markus Rutz - Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

BY MARKUS RUTZ
September 14, 2020

Markus Rutz Music (MRM) and OA2 Records announce the second volume of Blueprints – Figure Two: New Designs, the latest jazz expression from the jny: Chicago trumpeter/composer. An album of passion, balladry, moods and foot tapping groove, Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs is the second volume of new music. Figure Two picks up at present in the present of the musical journey for Rutz. With Figure One Rutz made deliberate decision to honor others in his life who have influenced ......

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Joe Magnarelli at Smalls Jazz Club

Joe Magnarelli at Smalls Jazz Club

BY DAVID A. ORTHMANN
September 13, 2020

Joe Magnarelli Quintet Smalls Jazz Club New York, NY September 1, 2020 One hundred days may not sound like a particularly long time in the annals of jazz or, for that matter, any human endeavor. Nevertheless, in the midst of a seemingly endless pandemic that has upended every aspect of our lives, Smalls Jazz Club's persistence in presenting live jazz in a streaming format constitutes a bastion of stability and a major lifeline for ......

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Pianist/Composer Eunha So Dazzles With Nuanced, Heartwarming Record

Pianist/Composer Eunha So Dazzles With Nuanced, Heartwarming Record

BY CHRISTINE KING
September 12, 2020

Pianist/composer Eunha So is an artist with a strong focus on creating relatable melodies and well-produced tracks inspired by genres as diverse as jazz, neo- classical composition, and cinematic scores alike. In 2019, she dropped a new album titled Reminiscence. This project is very nuanced and heartwarming, with a classic flavor, that still retains a unique twist. The sound of this production has got a nice punch to it, but it also has a softer and sweeter edge to it, ......

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My Conversation with Gary Peacock

My Conversation with Gary Peacock

BY AAJ STAFF
September 12, 2020

This article was first published at All About Jazz in October 1999. Having been in the political arena, I know first hand the power of celebrity's undertow. It has a way of casually siphoning the integrity of a candidate. Fame and power in politics, I find, is quite similar in our music, and that it is no fluke that artists “sell-out." But Gary Peacock has not. The bassist that is fondly known for being a part of what ......

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Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre

Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre

BY MARTIN MCFIE
September 12, 2020

The Jan Harbeck Quartet Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Denmark August 27, 2020 A few blocks away from the Christiansborg Palace--the seat of the Danish government--in a street filled with bustle and bicycles, is Jazzhus Montmartre, which has been here, or near here, since it began in 1959, that magical year for modern jazz recordings which saw the release of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Hum and Dave Brubeck's Time ......

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Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis

Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis

BY MARTIN MCFIE
September 12, 2020

Eric Ineke JazzXpress featuring Tineke Postma Bimhuis Amsterdam, Holland September 5, 2020 Dutch drummer and bandleader Eric Ineke's JazzXpress featured Tineke Postma on her alto saxophone for a centenary celebration of Charlie Parker's fast, virtuoso bebop. Postma studied at the Amsterdam conservatory and the whole band is based locally. The sextet was completed by Ian Cleaver trumpet, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen on tenor saxophone, Marius Beets on stand-up bass and Rob van Bavel at the piano. ......

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The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe

The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe

BY B.D. LENZ
September 11, 2020

I remember a period of time around ten to fifteen years ago when I was constantly being propositioned by musician friends and audio wannabes to do some recording in their basements. It seemed that with the advent of home recording software, overnight, everyone had become an audio engineer. But after many recording sessions over the years, in studios of all types, I've come to truly value the opportunities to work with experienced professionals and have come to appreciate the art ......

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