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Album Review

Roscoe Mitchell: Dots - Pieces For Percussion And Woodwinds

Read "Dots - Pieces For Percussion And Woodwinds" reviewed by Mark Corroto


While Dots, a solo recording by Roscoe Mitchell, is divided into nineteen separate tracks, this entire hour plus recording might be best consumed as a single unit. Mitchell's use of silence here is as essential as the woodwind notes blown and the percussive objects struck. One track leading into the next might be marked by silence, but that soundlessness communicates the recurring themes of this outing. Mitchell, active since the 1960s, has performed solo both alone and as ...

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Roscoe Mitchell: Dots - Works For Percussion and Woodwinds

Read "Dots - Works For Percussion and Woodwinds" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Roscoe Mitchell occupies a special place in the pantheon of music. He is a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, the California Institute of the Arts and Mills College in Oakland, California. For all intents and purposes, the 2004 NYC concert, Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City: Live at the Iridium (Pi Recordings, 2006), was ...

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Roscoe Mitchell​ / ​Jerzy Mazzoll ​/ ​Sławek Janicki ​/ ​Qba Janicki: Four Sure

Read "Four Sure" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This quartet of legendary master musician Roscoe Mitchell and three polish players was recorded in Bydgoszcz, a city in northern Poland at the Mózg Festival in 2015. The genesis though can be found back in 1994, when a quintet led by clarinetist Jerzy Mazzoll released Out Out To Lunch (Muzyka Z Mózgu, 1994), their homage to the late Eric Dolphy. The band, which included bassist Sławek Janicki, was exploring the freedom of jazz as their country was completing a transition ...

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Roscoe Mitchell: Splatter

Read "Splatter" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The special performances of saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell's Conversation Series with orchestra are cause for celebration. The logistics of more than two dozen players is demanding. Add transcriptions for each instrument, rehearsals, grant writing, and securing an appropriate venue. Mitchell has traveled many miles since his debut Sound (Delmark Records, 1966) and his work in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. These days he has the standing to realize his concepts, and our ears are better for it.

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Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravska Banda: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Sometimes music makes you want to become a better dancer, or maybe even a better lover. With Roscoe Mitchell's music, you can't help but aspire to be a better listener. The co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians creates sounds that transcend jazz, new classical, and avant-garde musics. With Distant Radio Transmission he presents music that he previously recorded (solo or in small improvising groups) and reworked for a 33-piece orchestra, ...

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Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravska Banda: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Roscoe Mitchell, a co-founder of the AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago, continues to discover new intersections of jazz, classical and avant-garde music with Distant Radio Transmission. As he approaches eighty years of age Mitchell has waved off time and tradition, reinventing the AEoC brand with the orchestrated--sometimes operatic--We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi Recordings, 2019), a project that bore little resemblance to the group's historical discography. On this album, he draws on past compositions to ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Four Masters and More

Read "Four Masters and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


After a segment of 21st century music from Andy Fusco, Matt Criscuolo, Wycliffe Gordon and Fred Hersch, we go into celebration mode--saluting Sonny Rollins (with Max Roach) because he IS Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck (with some gorgeous Paul Desmond on the rarely played 'Jazz Goes To College) on their centennial, and 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Roscoe Mitchell! Along the way Dinah Washington, Henry Threadgill and Lester Bowie. Gifts & Messages, coloring both inside ...


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