This week, we're sampling a new duo record from two US studio heavyweights - Bob James and Nathan East.

Bob James (piano) is one of the fathers of smooth jazz - and before you make a judgement on that sub-genre, consider the fact that James' early albums became a staple for hip hop producers around the globe, with his early LPs now being highly collectable! Nathan East (bass) is also an incredibly acomplished bassist, having recorded on countless albums as a session musician.

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Featured on ABC Jazz is a new album by French/American harmonica player Yvonnick Prene, recorded in NYC.

Originally from France and now residing in New York City, Yvonnick Prene has been busy recording his fourth CD with local musicians Peter Bernstein, Jared Gold and Allan Mednard. It's not often we get to hear jazz harmonica, so definately keep an ear our for this release!

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Blues Come Down The Seine'
2. 'Looking Up'
3. 'Breathe'
4. 'Got To Go' (M. Alexander)
5. 'Mr Tix'
6. 'The Comedian'
7. 'Armorica'
8. 'As Night Falls'

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New music this week on ABC Jazz out of the Netherlands, with pianist/composer Wolfert Brederode's latest CD.

Following a string of quartet recordings on ECM, Wolfert Brederode now sets his focus on a trio - forming a new band with bassist Gulli Gudmundsson and drummer Jasper van Hulten. The album's called Black Ice, and is once again an ECM release.

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The Julian Lage Trio Signal Kitchen Burlington, Vermont May 9, 2016 Burlington Vermont's Signal Kitchen offered the Julian Lage trio a more confined, but ostensibly more hip atmosphere than the venue of the guitarist's last visit to Vermont when he played the assembly hall of a church outside the Qu... [ read more ]
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A long time photographer for Life magazine, Steve Schapiro is one of the most esteemed photographers of our time. For over five decades he has taken photographs of well-known politicians, activists and celebrities. These photographs are not only chronicles of people and the times, but cultural miles... [ read more ]
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Cedric Burnside Project Delta Theater Juke Joint Festival Clarksdale, MS April 16, 2016 The Mississippi River Delta is an imperfect song played perfectly by an old woman losing her mind... It occurred to me, as the bus in which I was riding, passed through what approximates downtown Des Arc, Arkansa... [ read more ]
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Chris Isaak NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY May 5, 2016 After over 30 years, Chris Isaak continues to appear as though he bathes regularly in the Fountain of Youth. With his 60th birthday looming, the musician looks decades younger than his birth certificate reveals. His high-energy performanc... [ read more ]
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