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Friday, September 08, 2006

Over the Weekend...


...drop by these places:

- Check out Etnobofin and Destination: Out for downloads of performances from the late Dewey Redman. The various recordings are with Keith Jarrett's American Quartet, Malachi Favors and Ed Blackwell as well as a couple other groups Redman was leading in the '70s on Impulse Records. Destination: Out also features a trippy, Eastern-tinged outing from one of my faves, Pat Martino, with tabla, flute and tamboura.

- "Pas de Deux" from the Maria Schneider Orchestra is available from AAJ's free downloads. The soloists are Ingrid Jensen on flugelhorn and Charles Pillow on soprano sax. Buy the Concert in the Garden, if you haven't already done so.

- Straight No Chaser has been vibin' with a recent podcast of music from Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Roy Ayers, Cal Tjader and the lesser known Dave Pike. Fellow fans of Bobby Hutcherson will also enjoy a gem from his San Francisco album with Harold Land giving a rare flute performance along with keyboardist Joe Sample.

- Rifftides urges you to view some videos of Sonny Rollins available on his website only for one week. The Saxophone Colossus turned 76 yesterday; celebrate by watching video retrospective of his career. It includes favorites like "Paul's Paul," "Oleo" and "Moritat," but you'll also relish a fourteen-minute elaboration on a radio show theme Sonny recalls from his childhood (titled "Serenade") recorded earlier this year. Also, visit the website dedicated to his first studio release in five years, Sonny, Please. The site features a "making of" video with an interview.

- Kenny Garrett's newest album Beyond the Wall has some heavy sounds synthesizing African and Asian folk melodies and spirituality. Pentatonic scales, parallel fifths and recurring melodic themes lace his compositions, and Pharoah Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson and Mulgrew Miller clearly share Garrett's vision throughout. Brian Blade gives a nod to Elvin Jones with solid bassist Robert Hurst. The depth and spirit of these songs audibly resonates with its musicians and should strike a similar chord with its audience. Listen to NPR's News and Notes interview with Garrett and buy the album.

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