Articles tagged yoshie fruchter, pitom, rashanim, john zorn, radical jewish culture, jazz

‘Born To Be Blue’ Props Up the Cult of the Intuitive Genius

This film slyly suggests that even Chet Baker himself couldn’t quite work out who ‘Chet Baker: Jazz Legend’ might or should be.

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Aruán Ortiz Trio: Hidden Voices

Ortiz is a percussive pianist, but in all that power Hidden Voices never loses a sense of nuance and discovery.

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23 Mar 2016 // 11:14 AM

Maylight - “Heavy Artillery” (Singles Going Steady)

Resembling an amalgam of future-funk and experimental jazz, "Heavy Artillery" follows Lizzy Parks' sultry vocal performance through a contracting fog of electronic whirrings and lounge-room bass.

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Grace Kelly - “Blues For Harry Bosch” (Mocean Worker Remix) (video) (premiere)

Twenty-three-year-old jazz saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly creates compelling music for Amazon's Bosch TV show.

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21 Mar 2016 // 10:45 AM

Luciana Souza Sings, If Not Speaks, in Tongues

Drawing from jazz, samba, funk, Afro-pop and more, Speaking in Tongues delights in any language, with or without words.

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Matt Kane and the Kansas City Generations Sextet: Acknowledgement

Longtime New Yorker Matt Kane returns to his Midwestern roots to celebrate three jazz giants of the Show Me State.

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18 Mar 2016 // 11:30 AM

Terrace Martin - “Think of You” (Singles Going Steady)

"Think of You" is a beautiful, dreamy slice of heaven.

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Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin’s Hip-Hop Surrealism

Maestro Gamin's surreal and irregular grooves court hip-hop culture as much as they do jazz, his music transmitting from some Dadaist aperture of sound.

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Ryan Keberle and Catharsis: Azul Infinito

South American music and jazz brilliantly merged by one of our best trombonists with the help of rising star vocalist Camila Meza

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Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

The jazz singer and bassist -- and former Grammy "Best New Artist" -- has created a beyond category masterpiece that sounds better than if Joni Mitchell hired Living Colour as her band and then grafted it all onto a hip-hop sensibility of sorts.

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Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages

Hey, CD collectors -- if you're still out there, here's some news to make you smile: Sonny Sharrock's Ask the Ages has been reissued.

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8 Mar 2016 // 3:05 AM

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Evolution

One of the kings of the Hammond B-3 returns with one of his best outings yet, returning to the label that launched his career after a 46-year absence.

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Arturo O’Farrill Sextet: Boss Level

Arturo O'Farrill lets loose with his sons on his new Afro-Latin jazz release.

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‘Deep in My Heart’ Is An Overlooked Musical Delight

The captivating life of an operettist, as told via Al Jolson, Gene Kelly, and a "Leg of Mutton".

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The Triumphant Emptiness of Snarky Puppy

If an iTunes library on shuffle needed a house band, Snarky Puppy would be it.

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Great on Paper: Great on Paper

Great on Paper sticks the landing on their modern jazz debut album.

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Minotaurs - “Stayed Too Long” (audio) (premiere)

Nathan Lawr (a.k.a. Minotaurs) is an experimental soul, respecting no boundaries as he explores his musical adventures.

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Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

Guitarist Bill Frisell continues his foray into the familiar with a set of classic television and film themes reimagined and rebuilt into something too often bordering on the somnambulant.

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‘Sun Ra: a Joyful Noise’ and the Joy of Ra’s Mythocracy

This film serves as an excellent way to try to begin to comprehend the enigma that was Sun Ra.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

A nicely rounded collection of the old and new on a collection that teeters on flawed, then bounces back with high energy and deep musicianship.

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I'm Going to Kill You: 'Johnny Guitar' Gets the Class Treatment

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"One tends to watch this film open-mouthed in wonder at the forceful dialogue, the colorful imagery, and the sheer emotional punch of its women.

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