Articles tagged john coltrane, miles davis, jazz

All This I Do for Glory: An Interview With Saxophonist Colin Stetson

Extreme soul searching leads sax stylist Colin Stetson towards the very core of his creativity.

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods

Fifty years after their recording, we can finally hear some of Sun Ra's strangest and most complex compositions.

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer’s Hollow

The post-modern jazz group takes its second shot at pre-swing styles and nods to literature in the process.

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19 Apr 2017 // 8:31 AM

Somi: Petite Afrique

Stories of Harlem dance with soul, jazz, and West African rhythms on Somi's Petite Afrique.

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17 Apr 2017 // 8:46 AM

Christian Sands: Reach

A journeyman pianist puts his influences out there (Corea, Glasper) but does so with energy and creativity. An artist on the rise.

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Reassessing Ella Fitzgerald: ‘The First Lady of Song’ at 100

Famous but underrated, widely imitated but never equaled, Ella Fitzgerald has proven a surprisingly elusive figure in American culture.

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13 Apr 2017 // 2:10 AM

Matt Mitchell: FØRAGE

Pianist Matt Mitchell has made a solo piano recording (his first) of compositions by Tim Berne, his longtime leader in Snakeoil. It is in every sense a masterpiece.

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Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit

A trio of viola, piano, and drums plays a recital of total improvisation, but the adventure is beautiful, focused, cohesive. Recommended to any listener with a taste for the (slightly) different.

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Lettuce Tackles Mt. Crushmore in Uptown Oakland

Trumpeter Eric Bloom is the unsung hero of the night, leading Lettuce through some jazzy space jams that conjure the greatness of the Miles Davis fusion era.

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Hot 8 Brass Band - “Can’t Nobody Get Down” (video) (premiere)

Legendary New Orleans brass band, the Hot 8 Brass Band, brings the joy with their new single "Can't Nobody Get Down" off new LP On the Spot.

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Trombone Shorty Shares New Song “Dirty Water” Ahead of Tour

Trombone Shorty shares soulful new single "Dirty Water" ahead of Blue Note debut album release,

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Jazz, Loss, and Understanding in ‘I Called Him Morgan’

While exposing the fragments and fault lines of memories, I Called Him Morgan tells the stories of Helen and Lee Morgan. It's also a story of storytelling.

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The Microscopic Septet: Pioneers Across Jazz Boundaries

In the '80s, "The Micros" mixed tradition and avant-garde jazz with impunity and almost got famous doing it. Today they're just playing the blues.

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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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Red Baraat: Bhangra Pirates

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

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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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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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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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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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The Moving Pixels Podcast Becomes the 'Beholder'

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"It's easy to think that we would never be complicit with the dictates of an authoritarian regime, but Beholder reveals how complicated such choices can become.

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