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Even in a parallel universe where jazz cellists are as common as tenor madmen and trumpet-blowing boppers, Hank Roberts would be utterly unique. Over his nearly four-decade career, Roberts has forged a compelling original voice on the cello, encompassing abstract improvisation and soulful folk melodies, intricate new-music compositions and vigorous rock songs. Roberts’ latest CD, Everything Is Alive, features three long-time compatriots: guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Jerome Harris, and drummer Kenny Wollesen. The 2012 Winter & Winter release continues the cellist’s relationship with producer Stefan Winter, which stretches back through the bulk of Robert’s discography

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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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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

Read "Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide" reviewed by Ian Patterson


To celebrate the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the Denver guitarist, All About Jazz presents this beginner's guide to Frisell's discography as leader. Half a dozen other albums could easily have made the list, but these selections attempt primarily to highlight the range of ...

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Article: Album Review

Gordon Grdina: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Vancouver, BC, oud player & guitarist Gordon Grdina has become a prolific presence in jazz and world music. The Juno award winner led Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio (Skirl Records, 2020) with Matt Mitchell and Jim Black. The previous year, he took part in the trio of Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias on Skin and Bones ...

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Article: Interview

Unscientific Italians: Frisellian Magic

Read "Unscientific Italians: Frisellian Magic" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If Italian film director Nanni Moretti had been born in 1973 instead of 1953, he might well have set the iconic Vespa ride through the empty streets of a languid, mid-August Rome in Caro Diario against a Bill Frisell rather than a Keith Jarrett soundtrack. Because if every era is defined by a limited ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sarah Wilson, Elliot Sharp, Elliot Sharp, Giovanni Guidi & Other New Releases

Read "Sarah Wilson, Elliot Sharp, Elliot Sharp, Giovanni Guidi & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We're back to our periodic perusal of the best new releases, from the groove of the Band of Other Brothers and the Bogie Band to the show-stopping electric blues of Elliot Sharp's Terraplane and the sheer beauty of the latest albums by Sarah Wilson and Hank Roberts.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the ...

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Article: Interview

Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana

Read "Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Se Nanni Moretti fosse nato nel 1973 invece che nel 1953, la famosa scena di Caro Diario che lo vede in sella ad un vespone per le strade vuote di una languida Roma ferragostana avrebbe avuto come colonna sonora la musica di Bill Frisell piuttosto che quella di Keith Jarrett. Perchè ogni epoca viene definita da ...

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Safar-E-Daroon

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Safar-e-Daroon: El Baz : Mini-con; Calling on You; Shamshir; Convergence; Illumination; Outsize; Gabriel James.

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Deep Resonance

Label: Fundacja Sluchaj
Released: 2020
Track listing: Resonance 1; Resonance 2; Resonance 3; Resonance 4.


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