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In a career that spans nearly 30 years, Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as a bassist, composer and band leader. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected. Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall (New York City), Teatro Manzoni (Milan, Italy), Thatro Roberto Cantoral (Mexico City, Mexico), Central Park’s SummerStage (New York, NY), Auditório Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), The Capitol Theater (Salt Lake City, NV), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England). In 2005, 2008 and 2013, Ben was a featured composer, arranger and performer with Jazz Sinfonica, an 80-piece orchestra based in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

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A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Mathis Picard, Deanna Witkowski, Aki Takase, Anna Webber & More New Releases

Read "Mathis Picard, Deanna Witkowski, Aki Takase, Anna Webber & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Modern piano rooted in the tradition, timeless playful tongue-in cheek elegance, and two tributes to the great Herbie Nichols in this set.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Mathis Picard feat. Savannah Harris “Woodland Fantasy [Live]" Live at the Museum (Outside In) 0:16 Host talks 5:43 ...

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Charles Mingus, Rosa Brunello, Billy Mohler, Brian Jackson & More New Releases

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The Mingus centennial, of course. But first and foremost a celebration of living musicians while they're alive and kicking and engaged in their latest projects.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Rémi Panossian Trio “BBQ" Happy Birthdé (Regarts) 0:16 Host talks 4:34 Various Artists—Billy Bang “The ...

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Kahil El'Zabar, Kyoto Jazz Sextet, Peter Somuah, Kevin Eubanks & More New Releases

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Music from garages, cyberspace and outer space, tributes and collaborations, and all around good energy in this set...Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Wolcott Curran Collective “Any Number of Things" Any Number of Things—Single (Clockwork) 0:16 Host talks 4:18 Kahil El'Zabar Quartet “Eddie Harris" A ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ravel, Chopin & Debussy for Jazzheads

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In the second part of this week's exploration of jazz inspired by classical music, we focus on projects in tribute to the works of three composers that have influenced scores of jazz musicians, Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng ...

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Stravisnky, Satie, Purcell for Jazzheads + Symphonic jazz

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Spurred by a number of recent albums, this week's edition of Mondo Jazz focuses on projects that blur the lines between jazz music and classical music. This segment's playlist features inspired and open interpretations of works by Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Henry Purcell as well as recent jazz compositions that are rooted in the classical canon. ...

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Emma Rawicz, Gerald Clayton, Iiro Rantala, Stefanie Kunckler & Other New Releases

Read "Emma Rawicz, Gerald Clayton, Iiro Rantala, Stefanie Kunckler & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the second half of our weekly perusal of new and upcoming albums. In this segment, a special focus on pianists and emerging European artists. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Emma Rawicz “Voodoo" Voodoo--Single (Bridge the Gap) 0:16 Host talks 5:46 Mário ...

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Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases

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Welcome back to our weekly tasting menu of the best new jazz delicacies the international scene has to offer. This week we highlight two releases that draw attention to historic developments with stellar rosters of contributing artists, Music for Ukraine and Black Lives—from Generation to Generation, and on the brand new album by the Michael Leonhart ...

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Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases

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Somi's tribute to Miriam Makeba and a previously unreleased wild live recording by Hermeto Pascoal bookend an episode replete with beautiful new albums, with a special focus on Latin America, Caribbean and European artists.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" ...


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