Archive for December, 2010

December 23rd 2010
The Jazz Session #227: Christine Jensen

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Christine Jensen is at the helm of a big band for her new album, Treelines (Justin Time, 2010). In this interview, Jensen talks about why she formed a big band; her special musical rapport with her sister, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; and how she takes her compositional inspiration on this album from the natural world. Learn more at

NOTE: This is Christine Jensen’s second appearance on The Jazz Session. Click here to listen to her May 2007 episode.

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December 20th 2010
The Jazz Session #226: Rebecca Martin

Posted under Podcast & Vocalists

Singer and songwriter Rebecca Martin turns her attention to the Great American Songbook on When I Was Long Ago (Sunnyside, 2010). In this interview, Martin talks about how a recording with Paul Motian led to her own album with no chordal instrument; why she chose to interpret standards for this recording; and her ideas about the primacy of melody. Learn more at

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December 16th 2010
The Jazz Session #225: Kali Z. Fasteau

Posted under Pianists & Podcast & Saxophonists & Violinists & Vocalists

Multi-instrumentalist Kali Z. Fasteau continues to experiment with the nature of sound on her new album, Animal Grace (Flying Note, 2010). In this interview, Fasteau talks about how she pushes past the perceived limits of the instruments she plays; how her experiences traveling the world inform her music; and the system of balance she finds in music and in life. Learn more at

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December 13th 2010
The Jazz Session #224: Jason Robinson

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Woodwind player Jason Robinson released three albums this fall — solo (Cerberus Reigning), duo (Cerulean Landscape) and full band (The Two Faces of Janus). In this interview, Robinson discusses his use of electronics and computer manipulation in his solo saxophone playing; how the music of Duke Ellington and Cecil Taylor inform his duets with pianist Anthony Davis; and how he very carefully selected the members of his Janus Ensemble. Learn more at

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December 9th 2010
A note about Amazon

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

For a long time now, I’ve included links to the albums I talk about on the show as part of the show notes for each episode. I did this because if you clicked on those links and bought the records that way, a little bit of your purchase price would come back to The Jazz Session. Many of you did that and helped fund the show, for which I’m grateful.

I’ve decided to stop including those links from now on, for two reasons:

  1. I was disturbed by Amazon’s actions regarding Wikileaks in the wake of Joe Lieberman’s threat. I think this is a fairly complex issue, but I was disappointed by Amazon’s response.
  2. I think the best way for you to support the artists who appear on The Jazz Session is to visit their sites and buy the music in whatever way they suggest. When you purchase an album through Amazon, the artist receives a very tiny cut of that purchase. That may be OK for people selling millions of records, but no jazz artist is selling millions of records. I’ve always provided a link to the artist’s Web site in my show notes, so just click those links and buy the record using whatever means the artist suggests.

One additional note: I could still use your financial support. The most direct way to keep The Jazz Session going is to become a member, which you can do via the Join page. Thank you.

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December 9th 2010
The Jazz Session #223: Gabriel Gloege

Posted under Bands & Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Gabriel Gloege’s Dymaxion Quartet takes inspiration from Buckminster Fuller and photographer Asca S.R. Aull on the album Sympathetic Vibrations. In this interview, Gloege talks about those two sources of inspiration; how Fuller’s ideas and Aull’s photos inform the music on this album; and how he structures his compositions in the absence of a chordal instrument. Learn more at

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December 6th 2010
The Jazz Session #222: Dan Tepfer

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Dan Tepfer creates fresh and dynamic music on his new trio album, Five Pedals Deep (Sunnyside, 2010). In this interview, Tepfer talks about forming his new trio with Thomas Morgan and Ted Poor; some differences between European and American approaches to jazz performance; and his extended musical partnership with Lee Konitz. Learn more at

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December 2nd 2010
Grammy nominees on The Jazz Session

Posted under Jazz News & Podcast

Several artists who’ve appeared on The Jazz Session were nominated for Grammy awards this year. Congratulations to all the nominees.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Latin Jazz Album

A complete list of Grammy nominees is available at

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December 2nd 2010
The Jazz Session #221: Patrick Cornelius

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has put together a “chordless” ensemble for his new album, Fierce (Whirlwind Recordings, 2010). In this interview, Cornelius talks about his particular approach to composing for a band with no chordal instrument; his various musical projects at home and abroad; and his travels in the music from his home in Texas to Boston to New York. Learn more at

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