Avishai Cohen's Triveni Live at Berklee

October 27, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Studio Sessions


Trumpeter Avishai Cohen celebrates the 10th anniversary of Triveni, an augmented trio featuring Johnathan Blake (drums) and Ben Street (bass). Recorded on September 28, 2016 at The Red Room at Cafe 939, as part of The Checkout Live at Berklee College of Music series.

Fred Hersch's Sunday Night at the Vanguard

October 10, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Pianist and composer Fred Hersch shares music from his latest trio recording Sunday Night at the Vanguard on Palmetto Records -- featuring John Hebert (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums) -- plus, his tribute to French experimental pianist Benoit Delbecq. Recorded at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Photo credit: Mark Niskanen

Alexis Cuadrado's Poetica

October 10, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Composer Alexis Cuadrado celebrates his new album Poetica, a marriage of multilingual poetry and jazz featuring poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Melcion Mateu. Plus, the bassist shares his score for Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant (1917) and reflects on the silent film's relevance in the age of Trump.

Watch its live performance  at The New School University Center from April 27 2015, here.

Assistant producer: Sarah Geledi.

Blue Note "Sampled": Fusion on the Checkout

October 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
Filed under Playlists


Featured Producer Stevan "Vegas" Smith examines the connection between Blue Note Records' classic recordings, and sampling in Hip-Hop music during the 1990s.

Check out Blue Note's Spotify Playlist "Blue Note's Most Sampled" for more.

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The Many Sounds of Jeff Parker

October 5, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


The multi-faceted guitarist Jeff Parker brings sounds from his latest releases -- his jazz/hip-hop project The New Breed, Tortoise's newest album The Catastrophist, and a duo with Rob Mazurek. Recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival.