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  1. Yeah, I heard the pizzicato violin as harp, but it wasn't.
  2. Definitely not purist, but horizon broadening in a good way. It grooves. 1. Calls Dee Dee Bridgewater to mind, although it could be a vocalist you wouldn't find in the Jazz section of your mythical local record store. 2. Sounds more like Pat Martino to me than anything else. 3. The percolating rhythm makes me lean toward Flora Purim, probably with Airto. 4. The feeling is "good CTI". Could be an old master like Turrentine or Rollins. 5. Nat King Cole? or Johnny Mathis? Maria, composer I believe is Lenny, from West Side Story 6. We are in the land where soul and jazz intertwine. 7. Add in a dash of Joni Mitchell this time, but down an octave. 8. This could easily be an ECM piano trio. Maybe led by Avishai Cohen the bassist? But NO, it's live and ECM does that very rarely outside Keith Jarrett solos. Kenny Barron? 9. John Klemmer is the go-to guy when you hear digital delay. Outtro confirms it, with McBee and Mouzon. I like this, not all Klemmer is this good. 10. Aarrgggh this is familiar. I hear Alice Coltrane and probably Michael White. There was a McCoy Tyner album with Alice, but I'm not getting a clear McCoy vibe from the bass or the piano. I'll go with Michael White as the leader. 11. Pretty sure that's an electric bass, and nobody's concerned about being too commercial or not commercial enough. Stefon Harris? 12. Having absolutely no clue, I'll throw out a name I came across accidentaly a few months ago. Jaimeo Brown? 13. Ditto, but the wild guess is more old school. Jon Lucien? 14. Aw hell. It could be a CCM artist I'm totally unaware of, but I'm willing to be wrong with Dee Dee Bridgewater twice in the same BFT.
  3. One degree of Cecil Taylor!
  4. Caroline Shaw sighting in today's Email. Is this the year JSngry makes it? View this email in your browser / Forward to a friend Cycles of Life and Song: Expanding our partnership with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra The Blue Hour A song cycle by Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider "Stunning" - NPR Big Ears’ orchestral programming, in partnership with The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, is taking a big leap this year with two unique days of presentations. An exclusive performance of The Blue Hour, a collaborative song cycle by five leading female composers – Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider – based on Carolyn Forché’s powerful poem “On Earth” and sung by Shara Nova, will have its first full performance since being released on Nonesuch Records a few weeks ago. The cycle was commissioned by the Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry. The music follows one woman’s journey through the space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, of war, of love, and of loss, The Blue Hour amplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective. The KSO will be joined by featured vocalist Shara Nova, familiar to many as My Brightest Diamond. Cycle of Life Michael Schachter, composer Tessa Lark, violin soloist Tessa Lark returns to Knoxville for an encore performance of Michael Schachter's violin concerto Cycle of Life, which saw its world premiere in April 2022. Commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the concerto was inspired by “Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity,” a masterful glass-and-metal installation at the Knoxville Museum of Art by renowned artist Richard Jolley. During the work's evolution, Lark's involvement became a crucial element to Schachter's creative process, owing a great debt to her "uncommon combination of technical skill, stylistic versatility, and radical openness to discovery through collaboration." Tessa will also perform at Big Ears 2023 as part of Oak Ridge native Edgar Meyer's trio alongside Joshua Roman. North American Premiere! Bill Frisell Trio with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Arrangements by Michael Gibbs Bill Frisell Trio (featuring Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston) will share the stage with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to present the North American premiere of a symphonic reenvisioning of some of his most beloved repertoire as arranged by English composer Michael Gibbs – a veteran figure who specializes in creating orchestral and big band settings for jazz artists, deftly structuring space and dynamics for improvisers. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Aram Demirjian, winner of the 2020 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, will lead all three performances. "We at the Knoxville Symphony could not be more thrilled to be featured alongside so many amazing, forward-thinking collaborators and composers in an eclectic array of projects that speak to the heart of what both the Big Ears Festival and the KSO are all about," says Maestro Demirjian of this blossoming partnership. Learn more about The Blue Hour with this trailer from Nonesuch Records. Buy Your Passes Now! Hi! You're receiving this email because you joined the Big Ears mailing list via our website, a ticket purchase, a contest, or other promotion. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list in the footer below. Our mailing address is: Big Ears Festival / 501 West Main Street, P.O. Box 217 / Knoxville, TN 37901 Copyright © The Big Ears Festival, All rights reserved.
  5. Streaming for the third time, and liking more than most of you. Not under the impression that Bruce eclipsed any orginals, but it hangs together and provides a picture of where the artist's head and heart are at. Well and lovingly produced, and reflective of an artist that has ambitions outside the realm of rock anthems where he made his reputation. Thus an extension of Western Stars approached from a totally different angle. I had seen that someone asked him "If you had to listen to only one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?" His surprising answer after ducking the question a bit was Frank Sinatra - The Summer Wind. He's finding areas as a vocalist that weren't part of his earlier career. If he doesn't ever make another album of rock songs in the E Street vein, well, he doesn't have to. If he does, I expect it to be good because he will have made the choice to do so. Greetings from Asbury Park, The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle and Born To Run were so much a part of my coming of age, that they remain a part of me to this day. When I went to college I dove into jazz to be a part of the college radio station, and didn't have time or funds to get that close to Bruce albums, so it was a long time before I got familiar with Darkness and The River, Born in the USA drew me back into Bruce and I really don't find any duds among subsequent albums. The Ghost of Tom Joad and Devils and Dust didn't kick in as quickly, but subsequent reinterpretations of those songs on On Broadway and the stunning Tom Morello assisted versions of The Ghost of Tom Joad revealed the strength of songs that I didn't get to know well at the time. I had the Sirius XM Bruce channel on my radio most trips to work for a couple years before the pandemic, leading to better appreciation of Tracks and Bruce's later work. Land of Hope and Dreams, Living Proof, Gypsy Biker and Long Walk Home are particular favorites, and the Wrecking Ball album had been a second reentry into the world of Bruce just before that. And, yeah, the album The Rising is the highlight of the post Tunnel of Love period.
  6. Maybe someone familiar with Bandcamp could help the Cowell estate put Handscapes 95 up there digitally.
  7. Yes, a track from the same album was one of two Hanrahans on BFT 7 by Man with the Golden Arm. Discogs is unaware of a Piano Choir album not on Strata-East, so I look forward to that ID. 4, 5 and 12 seem to not have a confirmed leader yet. Both Thom and Jim IDed trumpet on 4 as Woody Shaw and webbcity has not confirmed or denied.
  8. Jack Bruce came to mind, and there does seem to be a Kip Hanrahan album with Jack Bruce and David Murray.
  9. 1. Max Roach Quartets are my first thought, and would lean toward Odean Pope over Billy Harper. But it isn't totally obvious that the drummer is Max. The theme sounds like what Billy was doing with Woody Shaw. But no trumpet, two tenors, and that would swing it toward Elvin. Then there are the vocal exhortations, which don't match up to either. I'm going with Elvin. 2. A less obviously drummer led track, but my thoughts still run to Chambers, Higgins and Hart. Joe Chambers? 3. Nice expressionistic track. Something about it made me think of Ellery Eskelin, although I required Wikipedia to actually remember his name. 4. Multiple worldless vocals and electric piano, with funky bass clarinet. Donald Byrd, early in his fusion phase? 5. Solo Piano. Chick Corea? 6. This makes me think of the album Very Saxy with Arnett Cobb, 3 other tenors and an organ rhythm section. Could be an organ led date, though. 7. Maybe New Air with Cassandra Wilson - my other thought was Jazzmeia Horn. 9. Is this the Piano Choir on Strata-East? 10. Delicious piano-vibes duet. Joe Locke and Frank Kimbrough? 11. Latin big band. No Idea. 12. Could be British or other European Jazz-Rock unit. Mike Westbrook? 13. Quite a mix of musical elements and styles. Karin Krog? The only thing I know on American Clave is Kip Hanrahan, and that kinda fits 11.
  10. This was one of the greatest straight lines of all time, and I can no longer resist. Apologies in advance. It's OK TTK. Everybody Plays the Fool!
  11. I guess I have to Strain a little harder. It does have a certain Verve.
  12. Nothing here matches the track timing: https://www.discogs.com/release/669736-Gil-Mell%C3%A9-The-Andromeda-Strain-Original-Electronic-Soundtrack
  13. Lots of new Jamaladeen Tacuma dropped on Bandcamp recently (25 releases now listed), including a previously unreleased trio with Khan Jamal and duets with Mary Halvorson. Four of the Grammavision releases are included. Although I haven't kept up with all of his releases, I was aware of him before his first sideman date was even released. Walt Dickerson brought a prerelease pressing of his second Steeplechase date, Serendipity to WRTI while I was there and spoke highly of the young electric bassist on the date, then credited as Rudy McDaniel. After that he went on to a 12 year association with Ornette Coleman's Prime Time. This previous thread discusses a tribute album he did to Ornette: The download price on all that I have looked at is $15 US, a little high, but I still may go for three items. The aforementioned Khan Jamal trio and two by Free Form Funky Freqs, a trio with Vernon Reid and G Calvin Weston. I'll mention another Bandcamp release that's slightly related in passing. A college years acquaintance of mine, keyboardist Jim Kost recorded a disc of duets with G. Calvin Weston entitled Stone Church. Tends toward fusion with a touch of prog rock, but I enjoy it. Any thoughts on Jamaaladeen Tacuma?
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