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Vince Mendoza, Freedom Over Everything *****

You could make a strong case for Vince Mendoza being one of the greatest exponents of the art of jazz arranging in a big band or orchestral setting over the last 40 years. Freedom Over Everything is the latest evidence, a collaboration with the …

Published: 6 Jun 2021. Updated: 18 days.

You could make a strong case for Vince Mendoza being one of the greatest exponents of the art of jazz arranging in a big band or orchestral setting over the last 40 years. Freedom Over Everything is the latest evidence, a collaboration with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Julia Bullock, Joshua Redman, Antonio Sánchez, Derrick Hodge and The Roots' Black Thought, the album opens with Mendoza’s 5-movement 'Concerto for Orchestra'. Its 5th movement 'Justice and the Blues' draws on the wisdom of Dr Cornel West: “Justice is what Love looks like in public” and "The Blues responds to the catastrophic with compassion, without drinking from the cup of bitterness''. Mendoza has nothing to prove but that doesn't stop Freedom Over Everything making a very significant statement that stands tall with anything he has ever done down the decades. Moving at times the work functions in a space of its own, melting genre, and in so doing discovers a serenity in how the instrumentalists are able to sound individual and really mean something within the intricate design of Mendoza's harmonic and rhythmical cosmos. On Modern

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Jazz winners at Canada's Juno awards: Sammy Jackson, Jocelyn Gould and Andy Milne

Announced on the first night of the Juno awards, these jazz acts each won a Juno: Jazz album of the year, solo: Elegant Traveler by Jocelyn Gould (Posi-tone/Alliance/The Orchard). In the YouTube video check around the 58.06 minute mark for …

Published: 5 Jun 2021. Updated: 19 days.

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Announced on the first night of the Juno awards, these jazz acts each won a Juno:

Jazz album of the year, solo: Elegant Traveler by Jocelyn Gould (Posi-tone/Alliance/The Orchard). In the YouTube video check around the 58.06 minute mark for Jocelyn's acceptance comments which included a remark that ''jazz is alive''.

Vocal jazz album of the year: With You by Sammy Jackson Sammy's acceptance and thanks can be found in the YouTube video at the 1:24.59 mark.

Jazz album of the year, group: The reMission by Andy Milne and Unison (Sunnyside/AMPED/eOne)

Milne's The reMission with his trio Unison was the keyboardist's first landmark piano trio release following a tumultuous period in the pianist-composer's life and three years after he by now long since in remisssion was diagnosed with cancer. Drummer Clarence Penn and bassist John Hébert join Milne. Best known still for his early career work with Steve Coleman and later Dapp Theory, among the tracks are Milne's take on McCoy Tyner’s 'Passion Dance' and his own tunes including 'Resolution', 'Winter Palace', and 'Drive by – The Fall.' In the video check around the 1:45.34 minute mark for Andy's acceptance comments including his reaction that it's ''trippy'' and he's ''really emotional.''