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Django's touch!

Django's touch!

BY ENRICO BETTINELLO
January 16, 2018

British pianist and composer Django Bates has always been a multifaceted artist. On his recent ECM release, The Study of Touch, he leads his Trio Belov├Ęd (featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun) through a set of intriguing originals, as well as reworking the classic Charlie Parker composition “Passport." We spoke to him about his latest record and discussed some of his past projects throughout his prolific career. All About Jazz: What's the ......

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Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 2

Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 2

BY AAJ ITALY STAFF
January 16, 2018

Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Some cling to the belief that jazz is in crisis or worse, dead. Our impression is quite the opposite, and to prove our point, we've compiled a mixtape featuring some of the best jazz released in 2017. Also, check out our staff's BEST OF 2017 lists and view our 2017 recommendations. Happy Listening! Playlist Alicia Hall Moran, “Two Wings" from Here Today (Self-produced) ......

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Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 1

Best of 2017: The All About Jazz Mixtape, Volume 1

BY AAJ ITALY STAFF
January 15, 2018

Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 Some cling to the belief that jazz is in crisis or worse, dead. Our impression is quite the opposite, and to prove our point, we've compiled a mixtape featuring some of the best jazz released in 2017. Also, check out our staff's BEST OF 2017 lists and view our 2017 recommendations. Happy Listening! Playlist Fabrizio Puglisi, Guantanamo, “Giallo Oro" from Giallo Oro ......

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Zara McFarlane: Embodying the Spirit of Jamaica

Zara McFarlane: Embodying the Spirit of Jamaica

BY DAVID BURKE
January 13, 2018

Zara McFarlane may have been made in Britain, but she belongs to Jamaica. The land of her mother and father is written in her soul and vibrates through her music. You can feel it in the bewitching rhythms and hear it in the socio-conscious words--both elements of reggae -that inform her distinctive version of jazz, especially on the critically-lauded collection, Arise. The London-born singer was five years old when she first went to the Caribbean island--a sort of ......

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Carl Bartlett, Jr. at Jazz At Kitano

Carl Bartlett, Jr. at Jazz At Kitano

BY KEITH HENRY BROWN
January 13, 2018

Carl Bartlett, Jr. Jazz At Kitano New York, NY December 14, 2017 Sad to say, in jazz and certainly all music, often hidden from public view are good musicians, who, for any reason have not yet been given their due. Some exist slightly outside the frame, but produce substantial art. The saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. comes from this distinguished group. Blessed with a warm, engaging tone and a writer of melodious, inviting ......

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Pat Martino: In the Moment

Pat Martino: In the Moment

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
January 12, 2018

Legendary guitarist Pat Martino is devoted to living in the Here and Now! -coincidentally the title of his autobiography (DaCapo, 2011). Taking each moment as it is and adding full measures of love and spirituality, Martino is now well into his sixth decade as one of the most revered and sought after jazz musicians on the planet. The cover photo of his new CD Formidable (HighNote, 2017) shows Martino posing next to the statue of a lion, a symbol of ......

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Full House

Full House

BY C. MICHAEL BAILEY
January 12, 2018

Wes Montgomery's recording of his June 25, 1962 live performance at the Tsubo Jazz Club in Berkeley, California intersects significantly with two recent Resonance releases. One intersection involves the Wynton Kelly trio, comprised of pianist Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. It was with this same trio that Montgomery would record his essential Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes Montgomery: Smokin' at the Half Note (Verve, 1965) and then, later, be captured with on Smokin' in Seattle: Live At ......

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Sean Noonan: Not Simply Beating a Dead Horse Drum

Sean Noonan: Not Simply Beating a Dead Horse Drum

BY PHILLIP WOOLEVER
January 12, 2018

Composer and drummer Sean Noonan is an explorer, charting many edges of the compositional frontier. The term unique does not quite cover the range of his thoughtful, abstract approach to musical narrative.Edgy is often the operative theme in Noonan's repertoire, gleamed from studious sojourns to distant cultures and locales. Noonan's results take form in string-based dreamscapes or saxophone solos layered over Parliament/Funkadelic style aqua-grooves. His beats can cover science fiction, pounding punk and orchestral visions on Frank Zappa....

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Matthew Yeakley: Keeping the Profession and Art of Jazz Alive in Los Angeles

Matthew Yeakley: Keeping the Profession and Art of Jazz Alive in Los Angeles

BY JONATHAN MANNING
January 11, 2018

Matthew Yeakley says “it's an amazing time to be in Los Angeles playing jazz." The guitarist and educator has lived in the city for ten years, honing his instrumental and compositional talents, teaching jazz privately and at a high school, and sharing the stage with local artists including Tony Austin, touring drummer of Kamasi Washington, Jay Jennings, trumpeter of Snarky Puppy, and more. As a city full of studio musicians, floaters, stadium pros and black-box indie acts, Los Angeles gives ......

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Audioguide: New Protest Music

Audioguide: New Protest Music

BY EMILY JONES
January 11, 2018

Jazz has a rich history as protest music, but it seems that, over the past year or so, this message in the music has come to the fore again. This month's mix captures the current wave of protest in jazz, where every tune has a story to tell. First up is an atmospheric track from Jaimeo Brown's self-titled 2017 album which features a collection of work songs in new settings. Interwoven with this month's music is chanting from ......

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Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul

Jessica Lurie: In It For The Long Haul

BY PAUL RAUCH
January 9, 2018

Jazz music, in all its forms, spread throughout world culture, is deeply embedded in the American experience. It is a culture based phenomena uniquely reflecting that experience in such a personal and expressive way as to embrace the myriad of crosscurrents that express new interpretations of the form. It is deep as the physicality of its beings, from the heart that pumps life into its veins, to the soul and conscious understanding of the constant, forever assimilation of ......

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Fabian Almazan: Environmental Action Figure

Fabian Almazan: Environmental Action Figure

BY FRANZ A. MATZNER
January 9, 2018

This article was submitted on behalf of Melissa Denchak and originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. After nearly going extinct, vinyl has staged a billion-dollar comeback. This year, in a seventh year of double-digit growth, an estimated 40 million records have been pressed and sold globally, and the business forecast looks just as bright. Most record label owners are embracing the trend. But not Grammy-nominated pianist and composer (and environmentalist at heart) Fabian Almazan. ......

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Meet David Richardson

Meet David Richardson

BY TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER
January 8, 2018

Wherever he goes, David Richardson makes it his business to seek out the best in jazz. From Siberia, Moscow, and St. Petersburg to Costa Rica, Europe to the U.S., you'll find him meeting up with fellow jazz-loving Facebook friends, following his favorite musicians, and finding new places to listen. But his obsession with jazz doesn't end with being a consumer: he started a company called The Real Jazz Ambassadors to make documentaries about beloved musicians, one of whom is the ......

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Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene

Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
January 8, 2018

Orange and blue are two complimentary colors that go especially well together. They are also the colors that have inspired the music featured in this episode of Mondo Jazz, to celebrate Radio Free Brooklyn's move into its gorgeous orange and blue studio. This episode of Mondo Jazz also features an exclusive interview with the leaders of The Microscopic Septet, The Jazz Passengers, and the Kamikaze Ground Crew, Phillip Johnston, Gina Leishman, Doug Wieselman and Roy Nathanson who speak ......

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Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

BY KARL ACKERMANN
January 6, 2018

Beyond the Hubs While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far to practice their trade. In some cases a jazz scene grew up around the migration of musicians, though not always for the long term. ......

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2017: The Year in Jazz

2017: The Year in Jazz

BY KEN FRANCKLING
January 5, 2018

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Havana, Cuba. Sonny Rollins made the headlines without playing a note. The New Orleans financial scandal focusing on trumpeter Irvin Mayfield reached the ......

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Traveling (Part 2)

Traveling (Part 2)

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
January 5, 2018

Jazz and Travel... what a natural fit! In this installment of Mondo Jazz we continue exploring music that was inspired by the relentless travels that jazz musicians have to endure in order to share their music with their audiences, their departures and arrivals, their discoveries, adventures and misadventures using trains and planes and the places and the people they encounter as they travel, in space and in time, in the spaceways and in the subways. Playlist ......

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Fred Hersch: Life, Music, and the Creative Process

Fred Hersch: Life, Music, and the Creative Process

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
January 4, 2018

Since his arrival on the jazz scene in the 1970s, pianist Fred Hersch has developed from a sought after sideman to a multi-Grammy nominated jazz icon, creative force, and significant composer of songs, jazz standards, and original complete works, the latter including Leaves of Grass (Palmetto, 2005), based upon the poetry of Walt Whitman. As one indication of the high regard in which he is held, Hersch is one of very few musicians invited to do extended solo engagements at ......

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Preferential Treatment

Preferential Treatment

BY JEFF FITZGERALD, GENIUS
January 4, 2018

If you know anything at all about Your Own Personal Genius, you know that I like my steaks Pittsburgh rare (which has nothing to do with the article, but if you ever have me over for dinner). And, you know that I have a major thing for Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany, from the show Orphan Black. You also know that I'm not one to play favorites, and I also have a crush on actress Heather Lind from the show Turn: ......

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Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

Warm Climates, Cool Sounds: Southern Hemispheric Survey

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
January 3, 2018

Afro-Cuban All Stars Absolutely Live II DM Ahora! Productions 2017 You can find many groups who call themselves “Afro-Cuban All Stars." But few have the pedigree of this ensemble led by vocalist Juan de Marcos, co-architect of the legendary Cuban roots Buena Vista Social Club sessions (1997, Nonesuch/Elektra) and dubbed by Downbeat as “the Quincy Jones of Cuban music." Marcos' first new music in six years comprises highlights from the All-Stars' engagement ......

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