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5049 Records Podcast Final Episode

Posted: January 27, 2015 by Mike in Interviews, Podcasts

From 5049 Records, the final podcast. Jeremiah Cymerman has done a great job over the last couple of years with this podcast. Kudos.

After two years and eighty-five episodes of conversations with some of the world’s most remarkable musicians, today I post the final episode of the 5049 Podcast. Of all the work that I’ve done in the past thirteen years of activity in NYC, the series of conversations documented in this podcast stand as one of my proudest achievements. Whether it’s been old friends or complete strangers, welcoming people into my home these past two years, pouring out a few drinks and getting into it has been an utter delight and an incredible growing experience that I will always cherish.

For our final episode, I sat down with Nate Wooley and Toby Driver, the very first two guests of the show, and attempt to make sense of what these past two years have meant. Nate and Toby are my main guys and I’m happy to close things out with such men of distinction.

Yoni Kretzmer Interview

Posted: January 21, 2015 by Mike in Interviews

From Jazz Right Now:

Before moving to NYC in 2010, Kretzmer was a key member of the growing Tel Aviv nu-music scene, leading numerous groups, curating concerts, and producing experimental music festivals. Since relocating to Brooklyn, Kretzmer has released four CDs as leader, all of them receiving glowing reviews. He currently leads three working bands with some of New York’s finest musicians. Kretzmer also actively runs the record label OutNow Recordings, with a catalog of over 20 cutting edge releases. Under the banner of his record label, Kretzmer produces and curates OutNow Music Nights: a contemporary, Williamsburg-based music series.

Chris Potter Interview

Posted: January 21, 2015 by Mike in Interviews

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Chris Potter

Burning Ambulance interviews Chris Potter:

Saxophonist Chris Potter‘s new album, Imaginary Cities, came out on ECM last week. It’s his second release for the label, following 2013’s The Sirens, and like that one, it’s a concept album of sorts. That’s where the similarities end, though. The Sirens was an acoustic quintet disc, comprised of discrete pieces all based on themes from Homer‘s The Odyssey. This time, he’s expanded his long-running group the Underground (guitarist Adam Rogers, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Nate Smith), turning it into the Underground Orchestra with the addition of vibraphonist Steve Nelson, two bassists (Scott Colley on upright and Fima Ephron on electric), and a string quartet composed of Mark Feldman and Joyce Hammann on violins, Lois Martin on viola and David Eggar on cello.


Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa 

From DownBeat:

Rudresh Mahanthappa wasn’t interested in hearing Blue. I had offered to play some of the controversial note-for-note reconstruction of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue by the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, but the alto saxophonist declined. Repeating jazz history has never interested him much. Mahanthappa, 43, prefers taking jazz to new places, whether on his dozen or so acclaimed, wide-ranging albums as a leader, or in collaboration with artists such as Vijay Iyer, Bunky Green, Danilo Pérez, Jack DeJohnette and Rez Abbasi.

5049 Records Podcast: Zeena Parkins

Posted: January 20, 2015 by Mike in Interviews, Podcasts

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Zeena Parkins 

From 5049 Records:

For our second to last episode, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Zeena Parkins onto the show. She is a legend of the downtown scene, a brilliant composer/performer who has quite literally reinvented the language of her instrument. An absolute delight.


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Ken Vandermark 

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark is one of the most persuasive, personified arguments for why every state’s liquor laws should be amended to allow minors to attend concerts if accompanied by a parent or guardian. While still in his tweens, Ken was enjoying jazz clubs in his hometown of Boston at the side of his father Stu, who wrote for jazz/improv bible Cadence Magazine. “I was out three nights a week at hundreds of shows like Art Blakey and Johnny Griffin. That’s where I fell in love with jazz, figuring out that they were playing the same pieces different ways every night. I was captivated by that.” His epiphany arrived when his dad gave him free-jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee’s “Tenor” album at the age of 17 from a stack of Cadence promos.

Nels Cline on Julian Lage Duo

Posted: January 15, 2015 by Mike in Interviews

From the Phoenix New Times:

Guitarists Julian Lage and Nels Cline lead wildly different musical lives. Lage operates primarily in a jazz realm, having collaborated with Jim Hall, Gary Burton, and Eric Harland. Yet, he’s also worked with mandolin master David Grisman and fiddle and bluegrass virtuoso Mark O’Conner, among others. Cline, when not fronting The Nels Cline Singers, is perhaps best known as a guitarist in Wilco. Together, however, the pair journey down an entirely esoteric musical path that meanders through rock, folk, country, and 1970s-esque soundtracks, all with crafty sensibility, improvisation, and dexterity.