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

Red Baraat - ‘Bhangra Pirates’ (album stream) (premiere)

Red Baraat's new album captures the group's astounding energy and virtuosity as performance artists on record. We all need a little more bhangra in our lives.

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Will Johnson: Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm

Complex and incongruent, the songs of Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm linger like a West Texas wind, proving us all saints.

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Red Baraat: Bhangra Pirates

Stripped-down production and intricate arrangements let Red Baraat get the party started on Bhangra Pirates.

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Peter Mulvey - ‘Are You Listening?’ (album stream) (premiere)

Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey returns with a new album celebrating the theme of "listening" to one another. It's a timely and powerful message.

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer’s Hollow

For their latest avant rendering of jazz and culture in a broader sense, MOPDTK take on trad jazz in a decidedly non-traditional manner, using literary titans from Pynchon to Joyce to Vonnegut as source material.

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Ruthie Foster: Joy Comes Back

Like all of Foster’s albums, this one contains a diverse selection of bluesy material with a folk-rock edge and a gospel bottom.

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Donald Byrd: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

Donald Byrd’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s studio albums are sliced and diced in this newly issued collection of the most forgettable era of his otherwise illustrious and well-regarded career.

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Colm Mac Con Iomaire Brings Pastoral Tranquility to Muldoon’s Picnic

NYC's Irish Arts Center hosts a regular literary/musical salon curated by poet Paul Muldoon and will offer free books on St. Patrick's.

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16 Mar 2017 // 10:44 AM

Pieta Brown, Born of Songwriting Royalty, Carries on Tradition

“Performing has been a long journey for me,” Pieta Brown says. “I’ve had to learn a lot of things and break down shyness walls. But as far as songwriting, I feel very open and free.”

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Kath Bloom: This Dream of Life

We're all dreams, evaporating before each other's eyes, within Kath Bloom's complicated folk, transcendent but grounded in human weakness.

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Lowland Hum - “Folded Flowers” (video) (premiere)

Indie folk duo Lowland Hum offer up a beautiful pastoral video for the lovely song "Folded Flowers" that was shot entirely on an iPhone 6s.

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Philip Lewin: Am I Really Here All Alone?

A rare, long-treasured and rare loner folk touchstone is unearthed for a new generation.

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14 Mar 2017 // 9:29 AM

Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipi

The influential jazz guitarist makes a personal record that combines Brazilian music, current soul music, and jazz into something unique, sunny, and compelling.

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Drug of Voice: Jack Savoretti’s Latest Work Ruptures With Jovian Emotion

Jack Savoretti's Sleep No More showcases what is arguably his most distinctive feature: his sweet and deadly singing pipes.

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Nate Smith: Kinfolk - Postcards from Everywhere

A veteran jazz drummer has produced a terrific collection that straddles jazz and contemporary soul without any of the compromise you expect. It's Glasper-esque... in the best way.

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These ‘70s Avant-Garde Jazz Musicians Blew Freely, Fiercely, and Reverently

These cats blew all night and day a new, astonishing page into the jazz lexicon. What they couldn't do was get gigs in jazz clubs.

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Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts

Taborn is a candidate for jazz MVP in the 20-teens. This album is his resume and calling card.

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Jaakko Laitinen and Väärä Raha: Näennäinen

Väärä Raha cuts a southward swath across Europe for its latest collection of dramatic folk fusion.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator

Alyndra Segarra proves that moonlight and a bottle can function as well as the Bible for one looking for salvation.

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6 Mar 2017 // 3:15 AM

Pieta Brown: Postcards

Brown penned simple acoustic version of the songs while in hotel rooms on tour and sent them to various musical collaborators to turn into a shared track.

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Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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