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Bill Frisell

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Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, James Brown and other dance material. Later, Bill studied music at the University of Northern Colorado before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with John Damian, Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs. In 1978, Frisell moved for a year to Belgium where he concentrated on writing music

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Baden

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Canto de Ossanha; Canto de Xangô; Tristeza e Solidão; Ao Baden; Bluesa Preta/Asa Branca; Canto de Iemanjá; Refém da Solidão; O Astronauta; Mata Adentro; Berimbau / Consolação; Lapinha; For Bill & Baden.

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Interpret It Well

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Trapped; Interpret It Well; Mixed Metaphor; Morbid; Clear Major; I Need More; Deppart.

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Article: Under the Radar

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

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


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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Interpret It Well

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 13:38

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Josep-Manel Vega

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Barcelona, 1965. Essentially self-taught guitarist and composer with a professional and artistic activity based on playing his own music and teaching. He studied musical language and harmony with Josep Baiget (his grandfather), classical guitar with different teachers (Jordi Belza, Mariano Capella, Guillem Pérez- Quer, William Waters, Danielle Kassner), modern music (Joan Munné, Xavi Prats) and flamenco (Manuel Castilla). Exploring by himself he finally developed a personal language that puts special emphasis on improvisation.

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Interpret It Well

Read "Interpret It Well" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Ches Smith's extraordinary Path of Seven Colors (Pyroclastic Records, 2021) was a breakout recording that placed the drummer/composer at the top of many year-end lists. His sophomore outing on Kris Davis' label bears little similarity to his Pyroclastic debut beyond the artist's knack for discovering unexplored terrain. Interpret It Well reunites the trio of pianist Craig ...

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

Read "Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Ricardo Pinheiro: Dança do Pólen

Read "Dança do Pólen" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The pandemic has dictated solo recordings for many artists, but for Ricardo Pinheiro, solo doesn't mean unaccompanied. He utilizes multi--tracking to great effect on Dança Do Pólen. The Portuguese guitarist's previous release Caruma (Inner Circle Music, 2020) was a trio session which he shared with two vocalists. Here he is solo, but never alone.

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Interpret It Well

Read "Interpret It Well" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Ches Smith is a drummer who can make an immediate impact in a number of ways. His work as a sideman with everyone from John Zorn to Ben Goldberg to Tim Berne is ample evidence of his rhythmic range. But his own projects are just as inventive, from the punkish mania of Hammered (Clean Feed, 2013) ...


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