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

Sun Ra: Astro Black, Cosmic Dark

Youngquist brings considerable skills to the life and work of the legendary but underappreciated and often misunderstood composer, keyboardist, and poet Sun Ra.

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To the Sound of Music: Interview With ‘La La Land’s Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz

In the thick of Awards season, director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz talk about their dazzling film, La La Land.

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Tim Buckley: Lady, Give Me Your Key

These previously unheard demos reveal the legendary cult artist searching for, and, for the most part, finding his voice.

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6 Dec 2016 // 2:10 AM

Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life

This long-standing piano trio is not breaking ground, but their sound is charming, skipping, and Guaraldi-esque.

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Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen: Death’s Dateless Night

Two of Australia's most gifted musicians team up for a daring concept album

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Dizzy Gillespie and Friends: Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker

This may not be the greatest performance of its time, but it's bristling with improvisatory energy and instrumental play that should leave jazz devotees more than satisfied.

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The Best Jazz of 2016

These are the 20 "best" jazz records of 2016 identified in stylistic diads, ranked loosely from most sublime to merely breathtaking.

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater / Evil in Oslo

On a pair of recent releases, Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen continues to evolve into a thrilling modern guitarist informed equally by jazz and hard rock.

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

The quirky guitarist expands her septet to include pedal steel and creates landscapes that push the players to real invention.

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Free Nelson MandoomJazz: The Organ Grinder

Leave it to a band like Free Nelson MandoomJazz to remind us that jazz and metal can be fused so easily.

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21 Nov 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kris Davis: Duopoly

A new jazz pianist in careful dialogue with Bill Frisell, Craig Taborn, Don Byron, and five other great players: half written, half freely improvised.

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Dawda Jobarteh: Transitional Times

The West African kora goes from classical to cosmic on Dawda Jobarteh's brilliant sophomore release.

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Lindsey Webster: Back to Your Heart

Lindsey Webster showcases incredible class and exceptional musicianship on her third album, Back to Your Heart.

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17 Nov 2016 // 2:02 AM

Beekman: Beekman Vol. 02

Accessible to the mind and easy-going to the ear, Beekman never sounds like a tri-continent mess.

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16 Nov 2016 // 9:50 AM

Steve Lehman: Sélébéyone

The saxophonist and composer creates a collaborative hip-hop project that puts thrilling live syncopation and slashing improvisation to good work.

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15 Nov 2016 // 12:00 PM

Tinariwen (+IO:I) - Ténéré Tàqqàl (Singles Going Steady)

Here, the Sahara's own rock stars lament the current state of their home desert, of the constant power struggles that stain the region.

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Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough - “Rainy Day” (audio) (premiere)

Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough's upcoming album IS Americana in every sense of the word. We eagerly await its release.

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Uri Caine: Calibrated Thickness

The incredibly eclectic jazz pianist offers a series of short songs that consistently dazzle.

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11 Nov 2016 // 7:41 AM

Norah Jones: Day Breaks

Norah Jones returns to her roots on her latest album with mixed results.

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All Acoustic Instruments and Kitchen Utensils: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band History With Jeff Hanna

With half a century of music and friendship, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues forward with Circlin' Back.

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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