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Blue Note Announces First of Exclusive Box Sets: ‘Peace, Love & Fishing’

Blue Note Announces First of Exclusive Box Sets: ‘Peace, Love & Fishing’

The Blue Note label has announced the first installment in the Blue Note Review, a “stunning new biannual, limited-edition, luxury box set subscription series,” according to an official press release. Limited to 1,500 sets, the collectible box runs $200 and is only available to order at bluenotereview.com. Each volume in the series will include a collection of new music from the label’s current ar... »

ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalog to Streaming Outlets

ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalog to Streaming Outlets

Big news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists: The ECM Records catalog is coming to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other major streaming services. Previously, the Munich-based label had remained a holdout against streaming. Now, ECM has announced that, under a new distribution deal with Univers... »

Mark Egan Set to Release the Shakti-like ‘Dreaming Spirits’

Mark Egan Set to Release the Shakti-like ‘Dreaming Spirits’

Dreaming Spirits is a world jazz group led by Grammy Award winning bassist Mark Egan and tabla player/percussionist Arjun Bruggeman and special guest guitarist Shane Theriot. This audiophile-quality recording, set for release on January 19, 2018, will feature 14 original instrumental compositions for a total of 70 plus minutes exploring multi-dimensional ambient grooves and masterful improvisation... »

Bill Frisell Receives Honorary Degree and Is Subject of Film

Bill Frisell Receives Honorary Degree and Is Subject of Film

Last month, Bill Frisell, along with Michael Gibbs, was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music during a concert celebrating Gibbs’ 80th birthday. The concert reunited Gibbs with Frisell, his student at Berklee in the 1970s, and with his longtime friend and former Berklee classmate Gary Burton. In addition, Frisell is the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Emm... »

NC Native Jimmy Herring Has Circled His Durham Concert On His Calendar

NC Native Jimmy Herring Has Circled His Durham Concert On His Calendar

Check out this piece in the News & Observer previewing the show at Durham’s DPAC on November 12. Photo by Ina McLaughlin. Thumbnail/header photo by Andrea Elledge. »

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Reviews from the Meeting of the Spirits Tour

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Reviews from the Meeting of the Spirits Tour

Nearly two weeks in, the members of The 4th Dimension and The Invisible Whip have shared time on the road and backstage, not to mention the concerts themselves, where the music has left sold-out audiences devastated. Have a look at some moments from the past few days. Thumbnail/header photo by Drew Stawin. Other photos by Gary Husband and Abstract Logix staff. DownBeat magazine was in the house to... »

Jing Chi Return with ‘Supremo’

Jing Chi Return with ‘Supremo’

After a thirteen year break, Jing Chi, the groovin’ blues fusion powerhouse featuring guitarist Robben Ford, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta deliver their incredible 4th record for Tone Center, ”Supremo,” produced by Jimmy Haslip and co-produced by Robben Ford. Ford’s solo career and other collaborations, together with Colaiuta and Haslip’s demand as ... »

Trading Licks: Wayne Krantz Interviews John McLaughlin

Trading Licks: Wayne Krantz Interviews John McLaughlin

Two Abstract Logix labelmates spent some time together this week when maverick guitar craftsman Wayne Krantz sat down to interview maestro John McLaughlin. They discussed influences, history, and more. WK: You’re a citizen of the world. Do you consciously identify as a Brit anymore? JM: There are certain aspects of a culture you grow up in that stay with you for life. Having spent the greater part... »

Soft Machine Confirmed for ProgtoberFest 2018 in Chicago; New Album in the Works

Soft Machine Confirmed for ProgtoberFest 2018 in Chicago; New Album in the Works

SOFT MACHINE will be in the USA under that name for the first time since the Bundles tour in 1975. They are confirmed as the headliners for ProgtoberFest in Chicago, October 21, 2018. The current SOFT MACHINE (formerly and temporarily known as SOFT MACHINE LEGACY between 2004 and 2016) consists of 4 legendary musicians: John Etheridge (guitar), Theo Travis (sax, flute, Fender Rhodes), Roy Babbingt... »

‘Chasing Trane’ Documentary Premieres Tonight on PBS

‘Chasing Trane’ Documentary Premieres Tonight on PBS

Chasing Trane – a highly-acclaimed documentary on John Coltrane – will open the new season of Independent Lens on PBS with an airing on Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. EST. The film, written and directed by John Scheinfeld, is narrated by Denzel Washington and features not only many of the musicians who played with the saxophonist, such as Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath and Reggie Workman... »

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