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

Johnnie Frierson: Have You Been Good to Yourself

Everybody was sent to this world. There is a reason you were born. There is a purpose for everyone. You were not born by accident. There is a reason why you sent.

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26 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Battle Trance: Blade of Love

Experimental saxophone quartet Battle Trance pushes the capabilities of both the tenor saxophone and the human breath on Blade of Love.

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24 Aug 2016 // 7:48 AM

Liz Longley - ‘Weightless’ (album stream) (premiere)

Liz Longley returns with album number two, a '90s inspired effort loaded with pop gold.

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Ryley Walker: Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ryley Walker parades his influences out unabashedly in his new eight-track LP, concocting a technicolor amalgam of smokey, cellar-club jazz and gypsy-traveler Euro-folk

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24 Aug 2016 // 2:10 AM

Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne

Jazz veteran Denny Zeitlin covers jazz legend Wayne Shorter -- really, there is no downside to this.

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Kuba Kapsa Ensemble: Vantdraught 4

Kuba Kapsa's second installment in his Vantdraught is another victory for modern chamber music, being both adventurous and accessible.

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Josh White: Josh at Midnight

One of music's most influential black voices shines just as well as it did 60 years prior.

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The Greyboy Allstars Rise to Terrapin

Watching these five musical masters in action is always a treat, as the Greyboy Allstars consistently conjure that improv x-factor where the sum becomes greater than the parts.

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Seeking, Salvation and the First Vibration: Moon Hooch Returns With ‘Red Sky’

Moon Hooch performs music you can dance to but there's something much deeper there. "Music has basically been my personal savior", says Mike Wilbur, "I worship it."

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15 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Peter Broderick: Partners

The Portland, Oregon, multifaceted composer's latest is premised on relinquishing control and following chance.

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Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird - The Unissued Takes

Two discs of recently discovered incomplete takes of classic Charlie Parker sides, which demonstrate the artistry and adventure of jazz in the recording studio in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Dead Horses - “Brothers” (audio) (premiere)

"Brothers" travels in the most melancholy way, a modicum of misery following it wherever it goes.

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Riley Etheridge Jr. - “Hush” (audio) (premiere)

“Hush” is the sound of reconciliation, an acceptance that things are how they are for a reason.

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Becca Stevens on Popping Jazz Boundaries

Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.

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The Stray Birds: Magic Fire

Magic Fire is an essential step forward into musical collaboration for the rising Americana trio.

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Tattletale Saints - “Big City Women” (video) (premiere)

“Big City Women” is a tale of woe and disillusionment wrapped up in soft guitar and upright bass, a lament of the anonymizing power of the city in a homey package.

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Brice Randall Bickford: PARO

Brice Randall Bickford's second solo album is the finest of his long musical career. PARO relies on carefully built textures that grow more fascinating with each listen.

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5 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Nels Cline: Lovers

The unclassifiable guitar legend and Wilco secret weapon finally releases the album he's been working on for 25 years, and it's definitely worth the wait.

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3 Aug 2016 // 10:45 AM

Shovels & Rope - “I Know” (Singles Going Steady)

"I Know" is an animalistic alt-folk lunge-forward, one that casts the duo's unique admixture of roots rock, left-field country, and classic singer-songwriter fare over a T. Rex-parroting metallic strut.

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Cuong Vu: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny / Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

Two recent releases from Pat Metheny and his collaborator Cuong Vu show how acid and sugar can meet beautifully in the middle.

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