Articles tagged jazz

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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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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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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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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5 Oct 2017 // 7:37 AM

Ledisi: Let Love Rule

Ledisi sings with emotional swoops. She lets her voice climb the scales and create beats that emphasize strong feelings.

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From the Music, to the Word, to the Body in Motion: ‘Epistrophies’

Epistrophies teaches us to listen for how creative ideas are translated across media and offers tools for identifying and understanding insights that arise from such translations.

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3 Oct 2017 // 2:15 AM

David Virelles: Gnosis

An ambitious work of modern composition, Gnosis is an astounding feat from a relatively young musician on today's modern jazz front.

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‘The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums’ Is Not the Last Word on the Subject

Will Friedwald writes subjectively and is not afraid to be cheeky when he thinks audiences have misunderstood an artist or a release.

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Ren Geisick - ‘Ren, Love Song’ (album stream) (premiere)

Ren Geisick teams up with Jesse Harris to produce a lively collection of jazz-influenced Americana tunes.

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Various Artists: Soul of a Nation - Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power

A thought-provoking collection of Afro-centric tracks from the '60s and '70s put together to accompany this summer's show at the Tate Modern in London.

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27 Sep 2017 // 2:10 AM

Gary Peacock Trio: Tangents

This top-of-the-line piano trio plays with an intense beauty that is, perhaps, not often enough interrupted by joy.

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Martial Solal and David Liebman: Masters in Bordeaux

Two modern jazz giants give us an understated duet album. Covers are most welcome here.

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Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane: The Elements

The Elements represents Joe Henderson’s sole full immersion into the avant-garde, with help from a few seasoned veterans, including Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, and Michael White.

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We Good: An Interview with The JuJu Exchange

Dropping his stage name of Donnie Trumpet, Nico Segal is moving from being one of Chance the Rapper's chief artistic collaborators to exploring the way we communicate through jazz.

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Back to Blue Bayou: An Interview With Linda Ronstadt

In her exclusive interview with PopMatters, Linda Ronstadt revisits Simple Dreams just in time for Rhino's 40th anniversary edition of her classic number one album.

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Doralice - “Vespertina” (audio) (premiere)

Charming gypsy jazz with influences from Spain and the Balkans.

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