Articles tagged bill evans, jazz

Jane Monheit: The Songbook Sessions - Ella Fitzgerald

Jane Monheit, known for her retro style and interpretation of Ella Fitzgerald, works with trumpeter and producer Nicholas Payton to create a dramatically up-to-date, occasionally truly daring take on Ella.

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24 May 2016 // 1:05 PM

Hazmat Modine - “Moving Stones” (video) (premiere)

Hazmat Modine return with their third album that highlights their 10-year history and their adventures traveling the world, absorbing new influences and spreading American roots musics far and wide.

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Robert Glasper: Everything’s Beautiful: The Recordings of Miles Davis Reimagined by Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper honors a jazz legend in the best way possible.

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Max Hatt / Edda Glass: Ocean of Birds

Dedicatedly low-tempo as it may be, the passion put into this album makes for an easy listen.

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Transcendental Night with Jazz Legends Sun Ra Arkestra and Pharoah Sanders

Red Bull Music Academy's spiritual jazz evening included legends Sun Ra Arkestra and Pharoah Sanders plus a set from Kamasi Washington.

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Ralph Alessi: A Trumpet King for 2016

Quietly, brilliantly, Brooklyn-based jazz trumpeter Ralph Alessi is everywhere at once, defining the music with flexibility and freedom.

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Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley

The jazz/soul singer serves up a record even stronger than his last, built on feeling, canny arrangements, and a spectacular voice.

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10 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

Camila Meza: Traces

Camila Meza is a guitarist and singer from Chile who puts her jazz skills and delightful, appealing voice into collection that is not watered down pop and not classic jazz. What is it? Marvelous, original, easy to love.

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Petra Haden and Jesse Harris: Seemed Like a Good Idea: Petra Haden Sings Jesse Harris

This is exquisite chamber rock. It is organic, free-range, artisanal pop music. If kale salad were to take on the character of jazz-inflected songwriting, it would be Seemed Like a Good Idea.

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3 May 2016 // 1:08 PM

Laura Mvula - “Phenomenal Woman” (Singles Going Steady)

You have to give it to Laura Mvula; her vocal chops are second to none.

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Danny Green Trio: Altered Narratives

Danny Green's exuberant trio prove that lightning can strike twice.

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2 May 2016 // 8:20 AM

Jameszoo: Fool

Jameszoo's debut album not only is the best jazz album since Flying Lotus' You’re Dead!, but it's also one of the best albums this year, period

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Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile: Continuum

Pianist Nik Bärtsch returns to the group he helmed before signing to ECM, assembling an album that will move your toes as it stirs your head.

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Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits

With Velvet Portraits, Martin continues on his quest to become a modern jazz-fusion great while also giving a nod to his Los Angeles roots in the process.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear

The eclectic drummer fronts her best jazz band ever, setting up clarinet, cornet, violin, and piano to fly free and have fun. Allison Miller is a force.

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Miles Davis, Robert Glasper, Bilal - “Ghetto Walkin’” (Singles Going Steady)

The tempo of "Ghetto Walkin" is noticeably faster than the Davis original, yet it creates a rich texture of sound that is well paced by the dry percussion.

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21 Apr 2016 // 11:45 AM

Jameszoo - “Flu feat. Arthur Verocai” (Singles Going Steady)

Jameszoo's "Flu" is simply the greatest piece of contemporary jazz in 2016 thus far.

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Various Artists: Miles Ahead Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Don Cheadle, director and star of Miles Ahead, has assembled a mostly enticing soundtrack to his film, though still peppered with a few inessentials.

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19 Apr 2016 // 2:02 AM

Claffy: Claffy

Well-fashioned post-bop from an up-and-comer with a broad pedigree.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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