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Music Review ~ Ivo Perelman Quartet "The Hour of the Star"

Ivo Perelman Quartet - The Hour of the StarFor many critics of jazz, the term 'free jazz' is typically used in conjunction with a type of music that is supposedly inaccessible to the average music lover. It begs the question, who is the “average” listener, and how do we know what they would like? Is there a litmus test to determine what they prefer? Why do some critics feel the need to proselytize their opinions as de rigueur for jazz?

Part of the problem with many jazz critics is the pedagogy of what they deem to be "real jazz".  It's often their personal tastes masquerading as what the “ideal” sound should be. In my opinion, putting limits on jazz as a default position is the most anti-jazz thing you can do. Jazz is ultimately about freedom of expression. 

One musician that embodies the spirit of freedom is tenor saxophonist, Ivo Perelman.

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Top 50+ Jazz Albums for the Week of 18 July 2011

Terri Lyne Carrington - The Mosiac ProjectThis is the weekly US/Canada radio airplay list from JazzWeek.com

Want to see stats regarding how many radio stations played your favorite album or how much it moved up or down the chart from last week? Click here to get that information. 

The releases this week include the highly anticipated album from Terri Lyne Carrington - The Mosaic Project. Remember me telling you about it? It's a project that consists of a "who's who" of almost all of the top tier female jazz musicians and singers in the game right now. Read about it and see video of the recording/collaborative process here.

Randy Brecker, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Cedar Walton and Stacey Kent also came out with new music this week. 

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Music Review ~ Harold Lopez-Nussa "El Pais De Las Maravillas"

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Harold Lopez-Nussa is an up and coming Cuban pianist whose unique style has garnered international attention.  As a winner at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Solo Piano competition in 2005 and a visible figure on the European jazz scene, Lopez-Nussa asserts his own perspective on Afro-Cuban music.  He is at the forefront of a fast growing trend of bridging the gap between the old and the new by adding a modern approach.

 In his latest album release, El Pais de las Maravillas, he pushes all musical boundaries in pursuit of this new vision.  His uncompromising, innovative compositions combined with spontaneous, percussive improvisation reflect a combination of notable iconic pianists like Chucho Valdes and Chick Corea.

El Pais de las Maravillas (Spanish for “The Wonderland”) is H. Lopez-Nussa’s second U.S. release. His trio includes his younger brother, drum prodigy Ruy Adrian Lopez-Nussa and bassist Felipe Cabrera.  GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist David Sanchez joins the trio on selected tracks.

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Are You Ready, New York City? Mitch Winehouse is Coming to the Blue Note on July 25th!

Just when you thought the novelty of Mitch Winehouse's debut jazz album Rush of Love had worn off - Booyah! Here is Amy's dad back in the news - Mr. Winehouse is about to make his US debut at the popular Blue Note in the jazz capital of the world, New York City! 

Are you going to be in the NYC tri-state area on July 25th? You can catch one of his two sets at the Blue Note: 8:00pm and 10:30pm

Okay - so who is going to check him out? I know that someone is going to do it (I just don't know who, though. :P)

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