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  • Studio Session - Jaleel Shaw

    July 18, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

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    Check out alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and his quintet live from the WBGO Performance Studio.  Shaw plays tracks from his recently released Optimism CD, which features Lage Lund (Guitar), Robert Glasper (Piano), Joe Martin (Bass), Johnathan Blake (Drums) and Jeremy Pelt (Trumpet & Flugel Horn).  Optimism has received rave reviews and it's not hard to understand why.  Shaw has proven to be a stellar musician and talented composer, winning the 2008 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. 

    Listen to the Jaleel Shaw Quintet's live in-studio performance here and now.

     Performers:

  • Jaleel Shaw: alto saxophone
  • Lage Lund: guitar
  • Aaron Parks: piano
  • Joe Martin: bass
  • Johnathan Blake: drums
  • Olé!

    July 18, 2008

    There may be a bit of a glut of Flamenco dancers, singers and guitarists in NYC and environs nowadays, and tourists can get a skirt steak and soléa in more than a few Manhattan spots. But if you wanna get a look at the real deal "Flamenca pura," you will not be disappointed if you head out to Theater 80 on St. Mark's Place for a performance by Noche Flamenca. The group has started a six-week run at the venue and it's a perfect spot for them, so intimate you can see the sweat beads on the dancers' foreheads.

    If you're a fan of Flamenco or if you've ever wanted to get an introduction to the art form, I highly recommend them. You can hear some more about Noche Flamenca on the WBGO Journal tonight. Here's a clip from a dress rehearsal last week. Dig. - Cruz


  • Best Album Covers

    July 18, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

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    OK, I just had this crazy idea.  I'm sure it's not a first, but I never thought about doing this until today.  I was thinking to paint a mural on a wall in my apartment using my favorite album cover as inspiration.  But I have too many favorite covers, which then got me to thinking about all the dope album covers there are - not just in jazz, but in all of music.  So I thought I'd share just a slight few of my favorite album covers of all time - in no particular order.  If you have some favorites, share them with me.  I'd love to know what your mural would look like.

    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

    Thelonious Monk - Underground

    John Coltrane - Coltrane

    The Beatles - St. Pepper's Lonely...

    Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson

    Radiohead - Amnesiac

    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions, Talking Book, Songs in the Key...

    Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On

    Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer

    Herbie Hancock - Inventions and Dimensions

    The Jacksons - Destiny

    Michael Jackson - Off the Wall

    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

    The Doors - The Doors

    Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted and Black

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