Articles tagged jazz|folk|singer-songwriter|roots|canadian

Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin’ It

Far more than a vanity project, Bringin' It is another milestone in the career in one of the most important working musicians today.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - ‘Canzoniere’ (album stream) (premiere)

Pop Goes the Pizzica -- Italy's leading traditional band makes a "songbook" for the world

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Pat Dam Smyth: Goodbye Berlin EP

Pat Dam Smyth offers up more beautifully literate narratives on emotionally rich new EP.

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Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards - “California Calling” (video) (premiere)

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards create a stunning, forward-looking sound that charts a path for innovation in folk music.

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Gill Landry - “Denver Girls” (video) (premiere)

Gill Landry's new solo work is impressive and evokes the wide open spaces and lost highways of the American West.

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Esmerine: Mechanics of Dominion

Esmerine is a post-rock act fusing chamber music with near Eastern folk music tradition. Mechanics of Dominion is fueled by the current state of the world and the dangers of climate change.

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Ella Fitzgerald and the London Symphony Orchestra: Someone to Watch Over Me

Pairing her original vocal tracks with new arrangements from the London Symphony Orchestra, Ella's "latest" release featurings some shining moments.

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Dan Reeder - “Nobody Wants to Be You” (audio) (premiere)

Dan Reeder's "Nobody Wants to Be You" could be the soundtrack to a 1950s film noir, but one in which you never see the femme fatale.

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Willie Watson: Folksinger Vol. 2

On Folksinger Vol. 2, Willie Watson once again establishes himself as a fine interpreter of song.

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Dave Douglas with the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life

Dave Douglas doesn't pass the torch to the Westerlies. They both already possess the same flame.

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Del Sol String Quartet: Dark Queen Mantra

Featuring a shining collaboration with Terry Riley, the Del Sol String Quartet have produced an excellent new music recording during their 25th year as an ensemble.

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Ravi Coltrane and SFJazz Honor John Coltrane with A Love Supreme

Considering that Coltrane only played the classic composition in its entirety a single time (at a 1965 show in France), it’s a work of art that remains ripe for further interpretation.

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John Goraj - “Birds of Paradise” (audio) (premiere)

Delicate vocals meet with intricate, soft-spoken melodies on this emotive folk tune about finding a new lease on life.

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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams: Contraband Love

The truest Americana doesn’t just convey sound; it captures feeling. On their sophomore release, Campbell and Williams prove themselves masters of the form in the fullest sense.

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9 Oct 2017 // 8:35 AM

Mike Stern: Trip

Mike Stern has fallen. Trip shows that he can get back up just fine.

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Sprung from a $36 Ukulele: ‘Joni: The Anthology’

If Joan Baez was the purest folkie, Judy Collins the chanteuse, then Joni Mitchell was probably the siren.

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9 Oct 2017 // 8:24 AM

David Crosby: Sky Trails

David Crosby gets a second (third? fourth?) wind and releases two albums in less than a year. Good ones, too...

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Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference

Compared to Kamasi Washington's previous record, The Epic, the duration of the trip might have been minimized, but the scope and purpose of the artist has not wearied in Harmony of Difference.

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Counting the Stars: Treasured Singer-Songwriter Brenda Russell Shares Her Story

A composer of the Tony-winning musical The Color Purple, Brenda Russell revisits her rare solo album Love Life (1981), while legends like Roberta Flack, David Foster, and Valerie Simpson join PopMatters for an exclusive tribute to her career.

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Ane Brun - “I Wanna Know What Love Is” (video) (premiere)

Ane Brun recreates Foreigner's famous "I Wanna Know What Love Is" as a gorgeous and affecting folk-pop song.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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