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Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber Fusion – Ha Ha Hotel

GRAMMY Award-winning keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber recalls seeing guitarist Mike Stern during his much-ballyhooed tenure with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s. “I’ve been a fan of his for a long time,” said the keyboardist, who was touring hard in support of his hit records Wizard Island and It’s a Fact in those analog days. “Jeff Lorber Fusion and Miles Davis were playing some of the … Continue reading Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber Fusion – Ha Ha Hotel

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John Coltrane – Blue World (Visualizer)

Next month, John Coltrane’s label, Impulse!/Ume, will release Blue World, a new album by the legendary saxophonist. Recorded in 1964 and largely unreleased until now, the 37-minute session was intended as a soundtrack for Le chat dans le sac (“The Cat in the Bag”), a film by the Quebecois director Gilles Groulx. Only 10 minutes’ worth of the music actually appeared in the film, and … Continue reading John Coltrane – Blue World (Visualizer)

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Charles Mingus – Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

RELEASED NOVEMBER 2, 2018 The radical discovery by Amir Abdullah of 5 two-track master tapes in the care of Hermine Brooks ­– widow of innovative Detroit drummer Roy Brooks – of the Charles Mingus Quintet recorded live in Detroit at Strata Concert Gallery is cause for some serious celebration. These electrifying recordings took place during Mingus’ week-long residency in February 1973. They were broadcast live … Continue reading Charles Mingus – Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

Jon Christensen (1943-2020)

ECM Records writes on Facebook: Jon Christensen, one of the great drummers of modern jazz and improvisation beyond jazz, has died aged 76.As a young self-taught player, Jon honed his craft working at Oslo’s clubs with a long list of visiting American stars, beginning with Bud Powell and including Don Ellis, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Kenny Dorham and Dexter Gordon. Dexter famously encouraged Jon to … Continue reading Jon Christensen (1943-2020)

Lyle Mays (1953 – 2020)

ECM Records Press Release Lyle Mays, the American pianist and composer best known for his work with Pat Metheny, has died, aged 66.After an early engagement in Woody Herman’s group the Wisconsin born musician met guitarist Metheny in 1974, with whom he later founded the Pat Metheny Group, for which he was effectively orchestrator and arranger as well as creative soloist, helping to define the … Continue reading Lyle Mays (1953 – 2020)

Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene

In a time marked by unpredictability and absurd realities, music imbued with spontaneity and improvisation seems especially relevant. Internationally recognized trumpet player and composer-producer-entrepreneur Dan Rosenboom embraces the chaos and seeks to endow us with hope and joy along the way. ABSURD IN THE ANTHROPOCENE – out January 31, 2020 via Gearbox Records – is in line with his abstract musicianship and virtuous experimentalism but, … Continue reading Dan Rosenboom – Absurd in the Anthropocene

Jan Erik Kongshaug (1944-2019)

ECM Records on Facebook: Jan Erik Kongshaug, recording engineer on many productions made in Oslo at the Bendiksen, Talent, and Rainbow Studios has died, aged 75. “Our first studio session together, and the beginning of a close collaboration lasting nearly fifty years, was ‘Afric Pepperbird’ in September, 1970, with Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen. We were all rather innocent beginners, then,” … Continue reading Jan Erik Kongshaug (1944-2019)