Jazz nuts...

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    On a Bossa Nova rampage today: something about these swaying, harmonically compelling tunes suits the grey day.

    Listen to this version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Só Danço Samba." With Joao Gilberto on piano, Stan Getz shows a vivid sound--loud, great power, no doubt pushing a lot of air into a hard reed. He plays so hard that he occasionally squeaks notes. I saw him live 4-5 years after this was recorded, and that's exactly how he sounded up close:

     
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    Ki-Oku by DJ Krush and Toshinori Kondo / Yggdrasil / DNA Starlett / ZMF Auteur

    This is one of my favorites from the 90s, but itI feel like I'm hearing it the first time.
     
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    Django classics reinterpreted:

     
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    Not sure exactly why, but I don't usually care for jazz covers of Django tunes (this one included).

    This is one jazz version of a Django tune that I keep coming back to. Mulligan is that rare player who captures the soul of manouche jazz, albeit in a very different musical setting than usual for Django tunes. And after that is my favorite version of this same tune by a manouche master. I can honestly say I never began either cut, then failed to finish it:



     
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    Another old master reimagined. The album (via Bandcamp) is Adam Nussbaum's Leadbelly Reimagined. As @Pharmaboy said, some of these revivals work better than others, but these days I'm going lighter on critical listening and just letting it flow. I've come across Steve Cardenas recently and he fits that mood, as does Ohad Talmor. The band performing live:



    Speaking of which, Cardenas's Blue Has a Range and Ohad Talmor's Long Forms deserve a hearing too. Both on Bandcamp, who are having a musician-supporting sale tomorrow. See you there!

    PS. Long Forms features Miles Okazaki on guitar and Dan Weiss on drums, two of my very favorite players, who have all their music on Pi Recordings/Bandcamp. Okazaki's Trickster and The Sky Below, and Weiss's Starebaby and Utica Box are must haves. Tomorrow, on Bandcamp, support these awesome musicians who can't make their usual living touring.
     
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    This is some great jazz! I've heard Steve Cardenas, Ohad Talmor, and Adam Nussbaum live...even got to hang out some w/Adam, one the most fluid, play-all-styles drummers I've heard in jazz (PS: I love the ES-335 for jazz).
     
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    I have been enjoying this spiritual piece by Matthew Halsall:

     
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    Very relaxing deceptively simple jazz
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    But it is not difficult to find out who is their inspiration, it is fun to listen to those two albums back to back
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    Michael Mayo is an LA-based jazz singer I'm following & really like. Here he is in a free-form improvization on the standard, "Everytime We Say Goodbye," with tenor sax player, Ben Wendel.

    Lovely music--and a great example of the heretogeneity of jazz (it's the original "big tent").

     
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    I just came across this one by Matthew Halsall, soon to be released on bandcamp

    This one is called "Joyful Spirits of the Universe"

     
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    Love this cut! And these players...

    Courtesy of my dear departed friend Dave Samuels (vibes/marimba) and his group, Caribbean Jazz Project, in which both Diego & Paquito played--I've had the opportunity to hear both play many times, also hang out some socially. These are two top-shelf jazz pros who are hardly limited to Latin Jazz (though they both kill at Latin Jazz). Both have been nominated for a Grammy, and I'm pretty sure Paquito won at least once.

    Paquito's a special case. He was a child prodigy on the clarinet. He played Weber's Clarinet Concerto with major orchestras as a child. He reprised that classic at a Caribbean Jazz Project date at the Brooklyn bandshell in the mid-'90s, and totally nailed it. So early in my exposure to his playing (he's mainly known for the alto sax), I learned to pay special attention when he brought out that rosewood clarinet. Paquito is lights out on the clarinet.
     
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    I've seen Ed Simon live 3 times. He's a highly evolved composer, specializing in pieces for larger ensembles (nonets or more).

    His "Venezuelan Suite," which I saw debuted live in CT, is really quite amazing, the perfect marriage of South American musical forms + jazz. After hearing that, hard to believe he's still flying under the radar here.
     
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    He's a Bay Area local, member of SFJAZZ Collective, so before COVID-19 I had the pleasure of hearing him play quite a few times with different ensembles. He just issued a collection of 25 years of work, greatly recommended (get it on Bandcamp). He has also performed live recorded with a great trio "Steel House" (with Brian Blade and Scott Colley). Their debut album is a bit hard to find, but very worth listening to. One of the last times I was at SFJAZZ before COVID-19, a common friend introduced us, and Ed hinted that a new Steel House album might be on the way.
     
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    I'm really lovin' Carla Bley's new album "Life Goes On" Bluesy, emotional, thoughful.

     
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