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A swag of recent releases

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Page added Jan 2, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014

This Sunday features highlights from a swag of recent releases that landed on the Jazztrack office desk, presented by Gerry Koster.

Among them are recordings by the Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow trio, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, The Impossible Gentlemen, Acquacheta, John Abercrombie, Nick Hempton, and the Ethiopian percussionist Mulatu Astatke.

We’ll also hear more from the West Australian composer and arranger Alice Humphries and the Italian band Sousaphonix.

The Zac Hurren Trio is also on the playlist – one of the many groups to perform at the 5th annual Jazzgroove Summer Festival in Sydney this month – plus the trio of Charlie Haden, Geri Allen and Paul Motian recorded in concert at the 1989 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

And we’ll be delving into recent boxed album compilations featuring drummer Andrew Cyrille and trumpeter Dave Douglas, and Keith Jarrett’s Bregenz and Munich concerts, released in 1981 as a 3LP set and now available in its entirety on CD for the first time.

See the complete playlist here.

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Carla Bley (née Borg; born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George...

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On Jan 31, 2014. 10:53am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, I guess an Aussie band that people may identify as Acid Jazz could be DIG - (Directions in Groove). They brought out some memorable hits in the 90s and then made another album in 2011.
Worth checking out..!

On Jan 23, 2014. 11:44am
Anonymous said

What's this thing called "acid jazz". Know of any Aussie exponants?

On Jan 6, 2014. 11:12am
Anonymous said

Happy New Year and thanks Gerry koster for filling in so admirably - as always - for the legendary Mal Stanley.
Any chance of hearing any further tracks from that Andrew Cyrille boxed set? Andrew's staggering drumming in driving support of that extraordinary flute playing was really something! (As I've remarked before today, there is no cooler instrument in jazz, when handled appropriately, than the flute. And yes, I admit to some bias as it was one of the instruments I played in my salad days.)
Christopher Lynch.

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