By Simon Rentner
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Music and interviews featuring cutting edge artists from around the world.
||CleanBen Allison and Think Free Bring 'Layers of the City' into Our Studio, on The Checkout||--||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Dutch Artists You Should Know About, From the So What's Next? Festival||It's hard not to feel overwhelmed by all of the young talent working in jazz today, many of whom reside in our backyard in New York City. Meanwhile, there are arguably more skilled musicians than ever playing the music outside the United States. Here ar||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCellist, Banjoist, and Singer-Songwriter Leyla McCalla Revisits Her Own Root System, on The Checkout||Leyla McCalla has traveled a winding path as a musician, from the European classical canon to the folkways of her Caribbean heritage. Born into a Haitian-American family in Queens, she was raised in Maplewood, and brought up in the New Jersey public||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCameron Graves Puts the Focus on Feeling in His Music, and in Conversation on The Checkout||He is the self-proclaimed Planetary Prince, a progressive pianist who seeks inspiration from emotion and the galaxy. On this Checkout podcast, he shares his debut as a recording artist.||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanALA.NI, A Singer of Many Paradoxes, Creates A Moment of Stillness on The Checkout||Is she a crooner from from the bygone era of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf? Or is she an artist from the cyborg future? ALA.NI tells us she's neither, firmly living in the present.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist Matthew Stevens Talks About Stripping It Down, Musically Speaking, on The Checkout||Music may be one of the first modes of human expression. As Matthew Stevens also notes, about his latest album, Preverbal: “the need to express ourselves has existed far earlier than our need to make sense of it.”||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMuhal Richard Abrams, An Artist Always Looking Forward, Leaves Us Behind||The pianist, composer, and teacher Muhal Richard Abrams, a visionary artist with no patience for compromise or excuses, leaves the jazz community in mourning.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack From The Dark Star, George Clinton's Mothership Lands In New York||This freaky son of Newark, N.J. didn't always used to funk it up. Back when he was working in a barbershop, he was influenced by a lot of jazz, and aspiring to be a famous doo-wop singer. "Our customers were James Moody; I delivered milk to Sarah Vaugha||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jazz Epistles: A Holy Moment Revisited by Abdullah Ibrahim on The Checkout||This past April, The Checkout and Jazz Night In America attempted to make a little jazz history. We asked the legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim to reimagine, rearrange, and reinterpret music from his early 20s. Back then, he was a member of a short-liv||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Solution is Simple, says Reid Anderson of "Silence Is The Question," on The Checkout||Reid Anderson from The Bad Plus says he didn't always have a knack for writing elegant, catchy tunes. As the bassist reveals on The Checkout, the composer says he discovered his voice by doing the opposite: writing overly complicated melodies.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWatch Guitarist Lage Lund Kick Off New Season of The Checkout Live at Berklee||The Checkout Live at Berklee kicks off its new season with guitarist Lage Lund. Watch him showcase all new compositions during this intimate performance — working with drummer Johnathan Blake, with whom he has played with for over a decade, and bassis||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Bluesman Everyone Should Know: Meet Super Chikan on The Checkout||He calls himself one of Mississippi’s last true original bluesmen. And this true American original has the sound and story to back it up.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's In A Good Melody? The Checkout asks Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling||Is there such a thing as a good melody, in absolute terms? Branford Marsalis thinks so. The saxophonist joins singer Kurt Elling to share some of those from their recent album, Upward Spiral.||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHear Guitarist Mary Halvorson on The Checkout||Before Mary Halvorson became the critic's choice for jazz guitar, she was excelling as a biology student at Wesleyan University, until she met one formidable professor.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJazz For the World's End: Meet The Comet Is Coming, on The Checkout||One of The Checkout's surprise favorite recordings from last year was Channel The Spirits, by the British electro-jazz trio known as The Comet Is Coming.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSullivan Fortner, An Extraordinary Piano Man, Unveils His Vocal Talent||In jazz, where so much of the artistry rests on virtuosity and tradition, immense talent is sometimes hidden in plain sight. Such is the case of Sullivan Fortner, a New Orleans piano phenom who just recently decided to showcase his rare vocal ability on||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith Sketch a 'Cosmic Rhythm,' on The Checkout||In the 1990s, two seemingly limitless creative minds forged an important relationship. Now, almost three decades later, that bond is reaching its cosmic potential.||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Checkout: Drummer Antonio Sanchez on Migration, 'Birdman' and His Curtailed Gymnastic Career||Before he became one of the most sought-after drummers of his generation, Antonio Sanchez was in Mexico City, training to be a top gymnast. While mastering his floor routine – and destroying his young body in the process – he picked up drum sticks a||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Jack DeJohnette's Native American Spirit Name?||One of the legends of this music, drummer Jack DeJohnette, recently formed a new superband called Hudson, with John Scofield (guitar), John Medeski (keys), and Larry Grenadier (bass). The band's self-titled new album is mostly indebted to the music from||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Checkout: Electro-Jazz From Romania with A-C Leonte||Did you know there was a vibrant jazz scene in Romania? We certainly didn't — until witnessing it firsthand, on the ground at the Bucharest Jazz Festival. Let us introduce you to A-C Leonte, a jazz-trained singer and violinist now veering into the rea||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks for your work, Simon! Keep it up!
the first time ....
The first time I heard this podcast was as a radio broadcast on a local station .... Great show ! I even had a some questions about the play list and artists. Simon actually eMailed me back with answeres !
So I keep listening and I like what I hear - lots of new artists that just don't get played on local stations.... this is stuff you just can't find anywhere else.