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Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem

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On 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem, Loren Schoenberg emerges from a crowded back room with an unusual looking recording. Aluminum discs like the one he holds, were the first instant, electrical means of recording. Invented in 1929 they were a means of allowing radio stations to record and archive live programs that could be played on a delayed basis or used for promotional purposes. The discs made for more convenient recording, compared to the standard wax discs of ...

INTERVIEW

Randy Weston: Music of The Earth

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Pianist Randy Weston has long been known to be a student of his African heritage and proud of it. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Africa, been involved with musicians there--he has been involved with the entirety of its culture. An expert? “I've lived there for years, man, and I know nothing," he says with a bold, generous laugh that speckles many of his comments. “I'm no expert on anything because you're dealing with the magic ...

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Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017

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Casa del Popolo, Sala Rossa, La Vitrola Suoni Per Il Popolo Montreal, Quebec, Canada June 1-24, 2017 This year's edition of the Suoni per il Popolo, or Suoni as it is popularly known, was the 17th since the inception of Mauro Pezzente and Kiva Stimac's Casa del Popolo mini-empire, which also encompasses venues La Sala Rossa and La Vitrola on Montreal's St-Laurent Boulevard. For lovers of avant-garde musics, the Suoni has become a bucket list ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Winkler: The Company I Keep

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The Beatles had it right when they noted that we get by with a little help from our friends. It's a fact that vocalist Mark Winkler can surely testify to. In the wake of losing his husband, Winkler found the comfort and strength he needed through the company he keeps and in the music that feeds his soul. That's the beautiful story behind this jazz soirée. The company of which the title of this record speaks is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rahul Mukerji: Ma De Re Sha

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From the first glance at his debut album, Rahul Mukerji makes clear that one of his chief qualities is an open mind. The cover reflects both sides of his background (born in India and now based in the eastern US) and the music within follows suit. His expressive guitar playing through Ma De Re Sha demonstrates a dizzying range of technique and tone, while the compositions make a highly electrified fusion mix that borrows from Joe Satriani as much as ...

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Samuel Eagles' Spirit: Ask Seek Knock

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Spirit is the brainchild of British alto saxophonist Samuel Eagles and should not be confused with the now defunct American rock band of that name featuring the late Randy California. Eagles is joined here by his brother and tenor saxophonist Duncan Eagles who leads his own burgeoning band Partikel, which also includes bassist Max Luthert. Vibraphonist Ralph Wyld, whose notable debut album Subterranea, released in 2016 on Edition Records under his group name of Mosaic, plays a vital role here ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pan-Scan Ensemble: Air and Light and Time and Space

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For many years, Scandinavian jazz and improv have mixed and matched musicians with no great concern about their nationalities. While the music has maintained its high quality, most listeners have not been overly concerned with the players' countries of birth. Now, as its name suggests Pan-Scan Ensemble has adopted a pan-Scandinavian approach and brought together nine fine players from across the region. Far more exciting than the ensemble's roots is its line-up of three female saxophonists and three male trumpeters ...

INTERVIEW

Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird

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In Richard Bach's book Jonathon Livingston Seagull (Macmillan 1970), the tale of a seagull with a passion for flight and freedom, there is a line that goes: “Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly." Nicole Johänntgen, jazz musician, composer, bandleader, educator and advocate for women musicians, saw the way to fly from an early ...

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Will Butterworth Trio/Adam Turns at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

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Will Butterworth Trio/Adam Turns: The Nightingale & The Rose Crescent Arts Centre Belfast Book Festival Belfast, N. Ireland June 17, 2017 Fortune and happenstance collided beautifully at the Belfast Book Festival with the performance of pianist Will Butterworth's jazz suite “The Nightingale & the Rose," inspired by Oscar Wilde's children's tale of the same name. That Wilde's tale--written in 1888--has been frequently adapted for the opera, ballet, cantata and even Sufi poetry, says ...


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