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Song Of The Day
7:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

BADBADNOTGOOD: A Moody Jazz-Hop Think Piece

BADBADNOTGOOD.
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A Toronto-based jazz trio whose approach to the genre has angered aficionados and grabbed the attention of young fans, BADBADNOTGOOD carries on jazz's rich tradition of reinvention and provocation. Its two full-length albums cover material that's of interest to your average oddball twentysomething: experimental rock, video-game soundtracks and electronic music, among others.

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Piano Jazz
6:32 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gerald Wiggins On Piano Jazz

Gerald Wiggins on the cover of Wiggin' Out.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:34 pm

Piano Jazz remembers jazz piano master Gerald Wiggins, who died in 2008, in a session recorded in 1992.

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Piano Jazz
6:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

George Shearing On Piano Jazz

George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 1:17 pm

This week's Piano Jazz was originally broadcast in 1987, when pianist George Shearing made his second appearance on the program.

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Piano Jazz
6:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Barbara Carroll.
Julie Skarratt

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 9:15 am

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll is an old and dear friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on Piano Jazz when the show began 30 years ago. Carroll recalls 1979 as a banner year for her, as well — it's the same year she started what became a 25 year run performing at Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

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A Blog Supreme
5:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Different Beat Of The Same Drummer

Henry Cole (center) has assembled many of his favorite musicians across genre to create what he calls the Afrobeat Collective.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:58 pm

The drummer Henry Cole plays brilliantly in the quartet of saxophonist and fellow Puerto Rican Miguel Zenón, a band responsible for my favorite jazz album of 2011 (Alma Adentro) and one of my favorites of 2009 (Esta Plena). This year, Cole released his debut album as a bandleader, an Afrobeat record called Roots Before Branches.

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Music Reviews
12:52 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Left to right: Masabumi Kikuchi, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian.
John Rogers

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 1:11 pm

The death of a great musician ripples through the jazz community. It's a special loss to those improvisers we might call immediate survivors: working partners who'll miss that special interaction with a singular musician.

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A Blog Supreme
7:33 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 25, 2012

Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo will finance a film about his hero, pioneering electric bassist Jaco Pastorius.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Happy long weekend all. A heads-up that next Wednesday you will want to dance with us to Henry Cole's Afrobeat Collective, with the Gilad Hekselman Quartet. And now, these links:

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The Checkout: Live
3:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Henry Cole And The Afrobeat Collective: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Henry Cole.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:21 pm

The Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole is probably best known in the U.S. as a stellar jazz accompanist, with bands led by compatriots and saxophonists David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón. Back in San Juan, Cole also works with poets and rappers, bomba musicians and pleneros, rockers and salsa ringleaders. He found they could all get down to Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat, and many jam sessions later, he found a way to record that sound for the 2012 album Roots Before Branches, with top New York jazz soloists coursing through it.

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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Fri May 25, 2012

An Uncommon 'Riddle': Joshua Redman Covers His Musical Peer

In this promotional image of the band James Farm, Joshua Redman is second from left, and Aaron Parks is to his left.
Jimmy Katz Nonesuch Records

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:59 pm

In addition to being a very good performance of a very likeable song, this YouTube clip is a very specific and increasingly rare type of cover.

The performers are the Joshua Redman Trio: Reuben Rogers on bass, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Redman on alto saxophone. (He usually plays tenor or soprano, so this is unusual.) And the tune is "Riddle Me This," by Aaron Parks, who is roughly Redman's contemporary. As you see, Aaron Parks is not on this gig, nor could he, as a pianist, possibly play in the Joshua Redman Trio.

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JazzSet
12:28 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape' On JazzSet

Alexis Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:07 pm

It began with the crisis on Wall Street in 2008. Alexis Cuadrado, from Barcelona and now Brooklyn, remembered the poetry of the surrealist Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), whom all Spanish students study in school.

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