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Tom Green Septet: Skyline

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Skyline is the debut release from the Tom Green Septet, a young band from the UK led by trombonist and composer Tom Green. A graduate of the Royal Academy Of Music and winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition, Green wrote all of the tunes on Skyline with the exception of Hoagy Carmichael's “Skylark." The eight tunes range from the upbeat “DIY," influenced by New Orleans second lines, to the quickfire, skittish “Sticks And Stones" and ...


Tom Richeson: Jazz Tracks

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There is plenty of jazz talent in my home city of Little Rock, Arkansas. A mainstay artist here is trumpeter/composer Tom Richeson. He is an Associate Professor of Music and Jazz Studies Coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Richeson has performed with other hometown artists like Pharoah Sanders, Stan Samole, Art Porter Sr., Art Porter, Jr., Charles Thomas, Gene Rush and on tours with Frank Sinatra, The Jacksons, Diana Ross, Lou Rawls, and The O'Jays. He's a ...


Joachim Badenhorst: Forest // Mori

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Clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst probably doesn't know who Ray Johnson is, or was. He died 20 years ago. Johnson, the father of Mail Art, created a network of artists and patrons beginning in the1960s through his correspondences. He called them 'correspondances.' His mailings created a worldwide democratic system for art. Mail Art peaked pre-internet, in the 1980s and early 90s, with thousands of participants creating artwork, zines, and music. Musicians such as the Japanese noise artist Merzbow and theWashington, ...


John Coltrane: A Deeper look into his iconic album A Love Supreme

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's album, A Love Supreme. Here is a critical engagement of Coltrane's 4th movement entitled “Psalm" by UC-Berkeley Professor and author Scott Saul. The excerpt is taken from his award winning book entitled Freedom is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and The Making of The Sixties. “Psalm" extends the recitative texture of the opening moments of “Liberia" over its entirety. For seven minutes, Coltrane sings rubato over Jones's splashing cymbals and ...


Antoine Fafard: Ad Perpetuum

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Canadian bassist Antoine Fafard possesses awe-inspiring chops and can seemingly do anything he darn well pleases. Following suit with his previous solo outing Occultus Tramitis (Unicorn, 2013) he aligns his significant wares with highly revered artists, providing the level of support required, not only to pull off the tricky time signatures, but to also add various marks of distinction to these strong compositional frameworks. On his previous outing, drumming heroes Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips and other marquee names joined the ...


Brian Pareschi: And the BP Express

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For his debut recording as leader, New York-based trumpeter / composer / arranger Brian Pareschi has assembled an octet, named it the BP Express and charged it with breathing life into seven of his original compositions and dazzling arrangements of Frank Loesser's “I Believe in You" and the Johnny Green standard “I Cover the Waterfront." The music is eloquent and engaging, and the octet carries out its assigned task with dexterity and assurance. Besides playing tasteful trumpet, ...


Rock Covers

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Rock Covers Jon Kirby, Robbie Busch 552 pages ISBN: 978-3836545259 Taschen 2014 Most common opinion is that fine art is something that can be found adorning the walls of galleries, studios or museums. But one of the most unusual places where interesting, engaging and groundbreaking art can be found is on various album covers. Many visual artists, throughout the years and regardless of genre, have created visual artworks for various ...


Exhaustion / Kris Wanders: Exhaustion / Kris Wanders

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The marriage of punk rock to free jazz is a natural fit. Both art forms are DIY; punk a rejection of corporate rock-n-roll of the 1970s and free jazz, the stasis of jazz, some fifty years post-birth. Today, we find Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore playing with The Thing, Borbetomagus, The Ex and Ken Vandermark, John Zorn's Painkiller, and Zu with Mats Gustafsson, to name just a few collaborations. This single-sided LP, released in a limited edition of 150 ...

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