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Three Views of Jaco: Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 / JACO: The Film & Original Soundtrack

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It's hard to believe that, despite being gone for 28 years, bassist/composer Jaco Pastorius remains not just an important figure in the world of jazz, but beyond its broadest purview as well. His seemingly sudden appearance on a series of four albums in 1976 demonstrated that this was an artist with virtually no restrictions. In addition to his first contributing to two tracks on fusion supergroup Weather Report's Black Market (Columbia)--leading to his replacing former band bassist Alphonso Johnson through ...


Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band: Play a Bill Frisell Set List / In My View

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Though his recording career dates back to the early 1960s, Zimbabwe-born arranger, composer and musician Michael Gibbs hasn't always been as prolific as a leader as he might have been. Five albums in the first half the 1970 represented his most industrious period of creativity, as teaching, television and film work and arranging for a surprisingly wide range of artists--from Marianne Faithful to Joni Mitchell and from Mahavishnu Orchestra to Pat Metheny--absorbed much of his time over the next three ...


Livelove Radio Bremen series continues: Working Week and Jazz Passengers

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The Livelove series issuing archival live Radio Bremen recordings began with Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House from January 1975 (Promising Music, 2015) and the Horace Silver Quintet from June 1977 (Promising Music, 2015). That seems like a pretty wide range: from jazz fusion to hard bop. But the third and fourth releases in the series broaden the range even more, with the jazzy pop of Working Week and the eclectic jazz of The Jazz Passengers. Every release in the ...


Two Releases From Wolfgang Seligo

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Below are two releases from pianist Wolfgang Seligo, who has eclectic influences, boundless energy and technique, with a flair for self-promotion in the best sense. Wolfgang SeligoWolfgang Seligo Jazz Trio Self Published 2015 The four tracks presented here, all composed by Seligo and totaling under sixteen minutes, present a very tight, stylistically varied mainstream piano trio. The first tune, “Major Max" has much going for it in ...


A Pair From Pascalito: Citizen Chanteur and Forbidden Colours

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You have to give credit where credit is due: when it comes to turning multicultural pastiche into a unified musical statement, few people can match Pascalito. This light-voiced singer--"world chanteur" by his own definition--effortlessly shifts gears, switches passports, and blurs lines, moving comfortably from bossa nova to chanson to swing to tango with nary a problem. With his first two albums--Le Blues d'Orphée (Self Produced, 2006) and Neostalgia (Self Produced, 2010)--this Paris-born, New York-seasoned singer established himself ...


Silent Songs: Introducing Ruben Machtelinckx

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The easiest way to impress as a musician is to play loud and fast, but it is not necessarily the most emotionally engaging way of playing music. Instead, some of the best music creates a quiet room that it is possible to inhabit for the listener and such a space has become necessary in a time where things move much too fast and the virtue of contemplation is threatened. In that sense, Belgian guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx comes ...


Dave's Picks Volume 15 & Dick's Picks Volume 5

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It's been said before but it's worth saying again: if the coincidental Grateful Dead archive releases on Real Gone Music and Rhino Records are meant to complement each or not, they end up doing so. Significant changes in the band's personnel took place in the fifteen months between the April 22, 1978 show captured on Dave's Picks Volume 15 and and Dick's Pick's Volume Five comprised of 12/26/79. it'd be just another instance of innovative marketing arising from the grateful ...


The Nordic Fusion of BoogiePost Recordings

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Swedish, Copenhagen-based guitarist Samuel Hällkvist and Swedish, Gothenburg-based guitarist Thomas Gunillasson suggest two different perspectives on the legacy of fusion on their new recordings, one reaches for infinite, futuristic sounds and the other is rooted in fusion technical legacy. Samuel Hällkvist Variety of Live BoogiePost Recordings 2015 When Hällkvist took his dream team, the Variety of Loud ensemble--King Crimson's drummer Pat Mastelotto (here on traps and buttons), Pink Floyd's sideman-bassist Guy ...

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