Albare's 'Dreamtime' is a fun one! / Jazz Weekly review


Guitarist Albare has released a handful of impressive and original albums, and this one might top them all. He teams up with a quartet of Joe Chindamo/p, Philip Rex/b and Pablo Bencid/dr, but the clever pick here is that he augments the band with a rich orchestra conducted by arranger Chindamo through a collection of movie themes. Material like "The Magnificent Seven" and "Mission Impossible" swirl in excitement, creating perfect framework for Albare's lyrical guitar solos. Chindamo's piano work does some nice teamwork with Albare as on the pulsed "Goldfinger," thoughtful "Taxi Driver" and the bluesy "Another Story." The beauty of an album like this is that Albare and Chindamo aren't intimidated by familiar themes, as they take "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and with Bencid's drum create a hip noirish atmosphere, while "Midnight Cowboy" is simply enchanting. This is a real fun one! SEE THE Jazz Weekly PAGE
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Emerson String Quartet violinist and founding member, Eugene Drucker discusses 40th & 52-CD DG Box Set


"Four decades ago, when Philip Setzer and I began to build a quartet career with two friends from the Juilliard School, we could not have imagined the scope of the journey on which we were embarking..." - Eugene Drucker The Emerson String Quartet are Celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a 52-CD Box Set of the Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon. Documenting the ESQ's exceptional longevity and dynamism – founded in 1976, the collection charts the New York-based ensemble's musical breadth, encompassing virtually all of the important repertoire for their formation.  This 52 CD collection includes their complete output on DG and features highlights such as the 9 GRAMMY AWARDS, 3 Gramophone Magazine Awards; complete cycles by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Bartók; plus String Quartets by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and many more. Also included is a Bonus CD with Encores and  Audio Guides. In conjunction with the both the 40th anniversary and box set release, violinist and founding member of the Quartet - Eugene Drucker has made time today to discuss both. Participating Syndicators and stations include: Classical 24, KUSC – Los Angeles, WFMT – Chicago, WCLV – Cleveland, All Classical Portland, WABE – Atlanta, Houston Public Radio, WQED – Pittsburgh, Minnesota Public Radio & German Radio - ARD 
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Daniel Barenboim comes back to Buenos Aires / the bubble


Daniel Barenboim is kind of a big deal. The child piano prodigy turned international conducting superstar was born right here in Buenos Aires, and will be presenting his latest project at the Teatro Colón through August 6th. The Festival Barenboim de música y reflexión is a collaboration between the conductor, classical music legends like Martha Argerich and Jonas Kaufmann, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. If you've never heard of this particular orchestra, it's high-time you checked them out. Established by the conductor himself as a workshop for Israeli, Palestinian and other musicians in the area to come together with the same musical goal, to create a project bursting with the idea of harmony and collaboration in a time when the world is crying out for it. READ THE FULL FULL bubble ARTICLE
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What might happen when strangers meet? / Inlander


This was the question renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma asked himself in 2000, when he first pulled together more than 60 world-class musicians and composers for an epic classical jam session that eventually evolved into a global supergroup of sorts called the Silk Road Ensemble. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble goes a long way - literally - in its efforts to answer that question as it tells the story of Ma and the group and their struggles to make their divergent backgrounds merge into beautiful music. Director Morgan Neville, an Oscar winner two years ago for his brilliant documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, bounds across the globe to tell the stories of these musicians hailing from places like Iran, Syria, Spain and China. READ THE FULL Inlander ARTICLE
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The story behind Wichita Lineman / New Zealand Listener


Wichita, Kansas, is the home of Pizza Hut, Cessna aircraft and the fictional lineman from a Jimmy Webb song. Webb wrote Wichita Lineman in response to a request from Glen Campbell who, having done well withBy the Time I Get to Phoenix, thought that Webb might be able to work his magic again. Campbell told me in 2006: "After Phoenix I said to Jimmy, ‘Do me another song that makes me long for home.'" It was the second of the three Webb songs that were hits for Campbell (Galveston was the third), but the only one that Webb wrote specifically for the singer. Webb hadn't met Campbell at that point, but told the San Jose Mercury News in 2011 that he got a phone call from him. Campbell wanted Webb to write "another town song". The composer wasn't entirely sure what Campbell meant, but figured out, correctly, that he wanted another song with a geographical reference point as its hook. Webb began writing it that afternoon and sent it off to Campbell before it was completed, expecting to hear back if the singer thought the song was worth finishing. He had yet to write a middle section. READ THE FULL New Zealand Listener ARTICLE
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Pinchas Zukerman chats with 89.5 KBAQ Radio about his 22 album DG / Philips legacy


From 1974 to 1996, Violinist Pinchas Zukerman recorded 22 albums for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips as solo violinist, solo violist and conductor, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A new box set of these recordings will be released July 22, 2016. K-BACH's Sterling Beeaff chats with the violinist about his accomplishments, and also a few of his teachers, Ivan Galamian and Josef Gingold.  Listen to the interview
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Yo-Yo Ma | Silk Road Ensemble - Sing Me Home / Second Inversion review


In light of recent tragedy and political turmoil around the world, we need music now more than ever-not as a distraction or an escape, but as a gateway toward experiencing our shared humanity. We need music to open our hearts, our ears, and our minds. We need music to connect us in ways which transcend language, religion, tradition, and geography. That's the idea behind Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, a global music collective comprised of performers and composers from over 20 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. With such an array of distinct cultures and musical voices present in their collective, the music of the Silk Road Ensemble is at once contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign, traditional and innovative. The group makes culturally conscious music, drawing upon instruments, ideas, and traditions from around the world to create music that is reflective of our 21st century global society. Their new album Sing Me Home is a musical culmination of this ethos. Silk Road members each selected a musical work of personal significance to them, then invited guest musicians from different cultural and musical backgrounds to collaborate with the ensemble on each piece. The result is an album which travels fearlessly from the folk melodies of Macedonia to the traditional textiles of Mali, from the fiddle ditties of Ireland to the harvest songs of Galicia, and from the taiko tunes of Japan to the sitar suites of India. "When you listen to the album you'll hear how different our homes are," Yo-Yo Ma said. "For us, this is one of the great pleasures of Silk Road: we celebrate difference; we cultivate curiosity in our exploration and generosity in our sharing. In our home, something completely unfamiliar presents a precious opportunity to build something new." Released as a companion album to the documentary film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the album stands confidently on its own as a glimpse into the music and personal memories that most inspire the individual artists of the ensemble. READ THE FULL Second Inversion ARTICLE
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Early Americans. Another remarkable set from Jane Ira Bloom / Jazz Views


This is another remarkable set from soprano maestro, Jane Ira Bloom, and even a departure for the saxophonist herself being her first trio album, and thus abandoning (temporarily at least) the quartet format in which she has made her home in recent years. Stepping away from having a chordal instrument as a harmonic crutch is often a leap of faith for many musicians, but as a specialist in the treacherously pitched soprano saxophone, you are not only confronting your own skills and intuition as an improviser but also, as the only lead voice and main soloist  having to dispel the preconceptions of others as to the wisdom of such a move. If any of the above entered Bloom's thought processes when contemplating this recording, then she certainly does not let it show. Her playing is as flawless as one has come to expect and once again she has produced music of great individuality and originality that could belong to no one else. With the somewhat small and limited legacy of fellow soprano specialist, she is beholden to no one and fearless in the way she exerts her own authority and personality upon this difficult instrument. READ THE FULL Jazz Views REVIEW
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Loreena McKennitt set to tour this fall in U.S. & Canada / axs


Fans of Loreena McKennitt will have additional opportunities to see the world and Celtic music star this fall. McKennitt continues her acclaimed A Trio Performance tour this fall, with 25 shows on the schedule in the U.S. and Canada. Here's what fans need to know about the upcoming fall leg of the tour, which opens October 12 at Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The tour continues with a number of stops in the Midwest and into the Southeastern parts of the U.S., with cities including Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and Atlanta among the stops scheduled for this fall. Three stops are scheduled in the Canadian province of Ontario. The fall leg of the A Trio Performance tour wraps up November 10 with a performance at Massey Hall in Toronto. Concert details and ticket information are posted on McKennitt's website. As reported previously on AXS, McKennitt's earlier legs of the tour saw sold-out shows. READ THE FULL axs ARTICLE
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Pinchas Zukerman interview with WRCJ: Detroit


The violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman discusses 'Complete DG and Philips Recordings' with WRCJ: Detroit Chris Felcyn. Zukerman explains his introduction to playing an instrument and his journey as a musician, including leaving his home country of Israel at the age of 13 and a half.  Coming out soon is a 22 cd set featuring Zuckerman spanning 1974 to 1996. Listen to the attached interview
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Cory Henry joins The Roots on 'The Tonight Show' / Jambands


Cory Henry will join The Roots tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as the Snarky Puppy member promotes his latest album The Revival, out now via GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. Cory Henry has been playing the Hammond B-3 organ since he was two years old and on The Revival, he has crafted a tribute that shows where the instrument has been and where it can be taken in his monumentally talented hands. Filmed and recorded in Henry's native Brooklyn at the Greater Temple of Praise, The Revival finds Henry taking the organ across multiple genres – gospel, R&B, jazz, soul – in a performance that needs to be seen as much as heard.  Snarky Puppy band mate Michael League calls The Revival "a master class for the organ." The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 PM ET on NBC. Currently, Henry is off the road but will return in October for a series of solo shows in Europe beginning October 5 in Amsterdam.   SEE THE Jambands LISTING
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Pinchas Zukerman talks with WUOL - Radio Louisville about 'Complete DG and Philips Recordings'


Pinchas Zukerman's recording career spans almost 50 years and over 100 recordings. He's been nominated for a Grammy 21 times, and has won two of them. Now Deutsche Grammophon is re-releasing some of his best work with the prolific German recording company, and his work on the Philips label, in a limited edition, 22-disc set. Daniel Gilliam spoke with Zukerman about his career in the recording world. Listen to the attached interview
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  Interview with WUOL's Daniel Gilliam
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Top 10 Albums for July

Charlie Hunter :

Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Punched

Charlie Hunter is not only a singular guitarist - he uniquely plays a custom-made seven-string ax that allows him to deliver bass grooves simultaneously with rhythm chords and solo notes - but he's also a creative whose style and expression continue to advance with each project he immerses himself into. Proof positive is Hunter's new album-and 18th as a leader-whimsically titled Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth, out July 22nd on GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. The superlative ten-tune collection of songs-all originals except for one cover-is steeped in the blues and r&b. Hunter has enlisted a stellar support team of trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, cornetist Kirk Knuffke and drummer Bobby Previte who play live in the studio for optimum effect. 31 NEW  105 TOTAL SYND: NPR/Fresh Air, NPR/Songs We Love, WFMT-Jazz Net, Jazz Variations Direct: MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, New Orleans, Austin, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Orlando FL, Jacksonville FL, Wichita KS, Omaha NE, Madison WI, Hartford CT, Honolulu, Canada, Australia Online: MOJA, Jazz Weekly, Jazz From Gallery 41, GreenArrow, Downbeat, SoulandJazz, All Music 35 JazzWeek ADD's
The Hot Sardines :

French Fries & Champagne

Formed by bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol, The Hot Sardines have released their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne on Universal Music Classics. The record comes on the heels of their critically lauded self-titled debut album, which was named one of iTunes' best jazz albums of 2014 and spent more than a year on the Billboard Jazz Chart, debuting in the top 10 alongside Michael Bublé and Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. 13 NEW   149 TOTAL SYND: NPR, PRI/Jazz After Hours, Jazz Happening Now, Radio DeLuxe, Jazz Inspired, CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver, New Orleans, San Diego, Baltimore, St. Louis, Kansas City, Orlando, Tampa, Santa Fe, Madison WI, Wichita KS, Omaha NE, Boulder CO, WV-Statewide, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver INTER: Canada, UK, Italy, Singapore Online: billboard, Vogue, Bandsintown, Paste, examiner, Taintradio, GreenArrow, billboard, The Bluegrass Situation, Jazz Weekly, BroadwayWorld, Paste 36 JazzWeek ADD's
Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble :

Sing Me Home

The latest album by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will surprise and delight, with guest performers and imaginative sounds that transform the traditional musical landscape. Sing Me Home is the sixth album by the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble and its founding member and guiding light Yo-Yo Ma. Available from Sony Music Masterworks. Sing Me Homeis a companion album, developed and recorded alongside The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a documentary feature from Oscar® and Emmy-winning director Morgan Neville that tells the story of the Ensemble and Silkroad, its parent organization. The Music of Strangers is slated for theatrical release in June. 14 NEW  272 Total SYND: NPR/ATC & Thistle & Shamrock, APM/Performance Today, PRI/C24, Echoes & The World, Sing Out!, Jazzfm Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis, Detroit, Denver, Portland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Diego, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, Louisville, Wichita, Madison WI, Boulder CO., Montreal, Vancouver, Amsterdam INTER: Canada, UK, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand Online: axs, CCTV, FilmNewEurope.com, MOVE - Maneater, The Bluegrass Situation Mother Jones, HuffPost, Parade.com, Musicas Imaginadas, allmusic, Bass Player, Wall Street Journal, MusicTAP, Musical Shapes, SONGLiNES, Yam Mag, yesasia.com, PopMatters, Taintradio, Smithsonian.com, Soulandjazz.com, JazzTimes, JazzPolice, examiner, SLANT, Metro, WSJ, Classical Candor, Quisqueya, RootsWorld, Observer.com, Hollywood Reporter, IndiWire
Kenny Barron Trio :

Book Of Intuition

Remarkably, while piano maestro Kenny Barron has recorded more than 40 albums as a leader and countless others as a valued sideman, he had never documented his impressive working trio of bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, with him for 20 years, and drummer Johnathan Blake, onboard for the past 10 years. That missing piece in Barron's lengthy discography has been sublimely addressed with his new recording, Book of Intuition, a refined, elegant, lyrical and swinging affair of new and reimagined originals and a triad of covers, including two obscure Thelonious Monk compositions. It's the second of a series of recordings Barron will be delivering for impulse! Records, remarkably revived in 2014 by veteran recording executive and producer Jean-Philippe Allard as a division of Universal Music France. 9 NEW  110 TOTAL SYND: VOA/Jazz America, PRI/Jazz After Hours, Jazz Happening Now, Jazz Variations Direct: SiriusXM, MOOD Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Portland, Baltimore, New Orleans, Memphis, San Antonio, Raleigh, Tampa, Hartford CT, Wichita KS, Bloomington IN, Hartford CT, Rochester NY, Toronto Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Weekly, MOJA, Taintradio, SunMusic, Audiophile Audition, jazzradio.com 49 JazzWeek ADD's
Bill Charlap :

Notes From New York

Playing a melody is an art in itself, one that necessitates experience, intuition and humility. In the jazz capitol of the world, New York City, Bill Charlap is considered one of the great interpreters of melodies, songs written for musicals, and Broadway shows or films that when moved from their original source, become the standards that jazz artists make their own. For his debut impulse! recording, Notes From New York, Charlap has defined and refined his position in the pantheon of New York piano stylists, whose highly influential jazz piano icons include Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, and Jimmy Rowles. Tony Bennett, with whom Charlap has recently collaborated with on the Grammy® Award-winning album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, effuses further that "in the tradition of Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, George Shearing, Count Basie and Duke Ellington - Bill Charlap joins them as one of the greatest American musicians of our time." 11 NEW  100 TOTAL SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver, New Orleans, Baltimore, Orlando, Memphis, San Antonio, Raleigh NC, Wichita KS, Hartford CT, Rochester NY, Toronto Online: Jazz From Gallery 41, Jazz Weekly, MOJA, Audiophile Audition 46 JazzWeek ADD's
Lucy Woodward :

Til They Bang On The Door

Til They Bang on the Dooris a slinky, brassy and decidedly sexy record that marks a bold, new direction for Lucy Woodward. Woodward was looking for "crazy, low brass instrumentation with feminine vocals" for the album, out July 15th on GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group, so she paired up with an all-star recording cast, featuring co-producer Michael League (Snarky Puppy), co-producer/ keyboardist extraordinaire Henry Hey (David Bowie, George Michael), engineer/mixer Nic Hard, organist Cory Henry and core musicians from Snarky Puppy.  "I loved collaborating with some of the best musicians in New York who also happen to be dear friends.  I've worked with them all over the years," she says. "I had been touring with Snarky Puppy which is what sparked the whole concept.  In pretty much one Skype conversation with Henry, Mike and I, we knew where this was going to go.  I wanted to surf on a wave of horns."
Soundtracks :

Independence Day: Resurgence

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of Independence Day: Resurgence Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring music by Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser. The soundtrack will be available digitally on June 17 and on CD July 1. Independence Day: Resurgence will arrive in theatres nationwide on Friday, June 24. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Judd Hirsch, Jessie Usher, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox.   8 NEW  47 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, AccuRadio, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Houston, Detroit, New Orleans, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Long Island NY, Columbus OH, Hartford CT, Canada Online: GURU, The Eclectic Chair
Nikolaus Harnoncourt :

Beethoven: Missa solemnis

When Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and 5 at the Vienna Musikverein in May 2015, he was not only hailed by the audience, but the mood in the hall was "somehow one of valediction," to quote the subsequent review in the Viennese daily Der Standard. Harnoncourt's recording of these two symphonies was released in February 2016. In July 2015, Harnoncourt returned to conduct the Concentus Musicus Wien in four acclaimed performances of Beethoven's Missa solemnis at the styriarte Festival in Graz and, later, at the Salzburg Festival. They were to be his final concerts. In December 2015 he was forced to announce his retirement from the stage, nor was it possible for Sony Classical to complete its planned recording of all the Beethoven symphonies with Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus. 27 NEW  29 TOTAL SYND: Classical 24, CBC Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Portland, Detroit, Denver, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, Canada Online: AccuRadio
Soundtracks :

X-Men - Apocalypse

Sony Classical proudly announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of X-Men: Apocalypse, featuring music by John Ottman. Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. 9 NEW  33 TOTAL SYND: The Score, Sixty Second CD Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice, MOOD, Stingray Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Long Island NY, Ft. Wayne IN, Statewide - WV, Canada Online: GURU
Snarky Puppy :

Culcha Vulcha

Snarky Puppy will release their eleventh album and first true studio album in eight years on April 29 via GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics. Dubbed Culcha Vulcha, the record was recorded at Donic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX for a week, and nine new tracks. The album title refers to how we-the Western civilized world-have all become slaves to Pop culture, consuming as many messages to "buy", "be" and "get" as possible. We circle above and wait to swoop in and ravenously eat or "consume" as much messaging as possible so we can feel "full" and satisfied that we are "cool," losing our sense of self-confidence and self-acceptance as we are. 11 NEW   237 TOTAL SYND: NPR/First Listen & World Cafe, PRI/Jazz After Hours, WFMT: JazzNet, Sing Out!, Jazz Variations, UnderCurrents, CBC Direct: SiriusXM Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Wash DC, Atlanta, Miami, Cleveland, Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, San Diego, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Albuquerque, Madison WI, Boulder CO, Buffalo, Raleigh NC, Omaha NE, Wichita, El Paso, Honolulu, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver INTER: Canada, UK, Italy, Australia Online: MOJA, JAZZfm, Taintradio, SoulandJazz, Jazz Weekly, Jambands, GreenArrow, stereoboard, LiveForLiveMusic.com, allmusic, animaJazz, Sun Music, DubEra, JamBase, JazzViews, Metro, Mainline, HOTPress, Rhapsody, bandwagon, The Hindu 47 Jazzweek ADD's
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