A proper two-album set by Wadada Leo Smith, this double disc comes complete with two different, yet somehow well-meshed bands. To see what I mean, take a look at each lineup: Disc One: Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet Vijay Iyer – piano, synthesizer John Lindberg – bass Pheeroan AkLaff – drums Don Moye – drums […]
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, which, of course, isn’t a national holiday in Mexico, but a commemoration of the city of Puebla inflicting a defeat against the mighty French army, one of the world’s best at the time, we are happy to share with you a video by Rafael Méndez, the Mexican virtuoso solo […]
I have to admit to being thunderstruck by the work of Dimitar Bodurov, a Bulgarian pianist, composer and producer based in Amsterdam. Doing a quick run last evening over at Bandcamp in their jazz improvisation tag, I came across Bodurov’s work, both solo and in this magnificent ECM-feeling trio setup, and it hooked me in […]
An early Christmas present for my friends on the Gregorian calendar, courtesy of Fairuz.
To start the blog, one could do far worse than post a picture of one of my musical heroes, the legendary ‘Satchmo’, Louis Armstrong, giving an impromptu performance in Cairo, Egypt, for a throng of fans in 1961. The photo is from the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and I wish to acknowledge Meridian.org, who originally […]