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Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited

Read "Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's not too late to catch up with alto saxophonist and composer Marion Brown. Thanks to this excellent reissue and remaster series, you can hear the innovative recordings from this master musician. This release follows his 1965/66 discs Capricorn Moon To Juba Lee Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2019) and 1966/67 discs Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2020). Chris May's excellent liner notes posit an answer to Brown's relative obscurity. He essentially lays the blame on marketing. Record labels and ...

Liner Notes

Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited

Read "Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

"It is often those we hear the least that we should listen to the most." So wrote the Guadeloupean pianist Jonathan Jurion on the release of his album Le Temps Fou: The Music Of Marion Brown (Komos, 2019). Just why Marion Brown has become such a rarely acknowledged figure is unclear. He possessed all the qualifications needed to go large plus a few extras for good measure. He was a good-looking man. He dressed well (telling Dave ...

Radio & Podcasts

Spinifex, Greene / Smith / Moses & Devin Brahja Waldman Ra Kalam Bob Moses

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This edition of One Man's Jazz tends to a lot of music out on the edge, starting with a tune from a 2019 release called Life's Intense Mystery by Burton Greene, Damon Smith & Bob Moses, before heading to the powerful and unpredictable band from Amsterdam, Spinifex; they've added singers to the mix on their latest. After that check out the sounds of the Blue Lines Trio, also from Amsterdam, Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask, the Chicago guitar/bass duo of ...


Burton Greene: From Bomb To Balm

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Chicago-born pianist Narada Burton Greene (b.1937) can be called a veteran of the 1960s jazz avant-garde—the starting point of his universal musical life. In 1962, he moved to New York and founded, together with bassist Alan Silva, the Free Form Improvisational Ensemble, which played improvised music without preconceived compositional elements. In 1965, he became a member of the Jazz Composers Guild, founded by Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor. The Jazz Composers Guild resonated with the community spirit that Greene had ...

Album Review

Burton Greene / Damon Smith / Ra Kalam Bob Moses: Life’s Intense Mystery

Read "Life’s Intense Mystery" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's give credit to whomever assembled this swinging free-improvisation trio. Sometimes, no, invariably, all great improvised music results from the reciprocal nature of the musicians: not something done in response to another (although it can be) but by some subconscious agreement made by the players. A fine example is Life's Intense Mystery by the trio of pianist Burton Greene, bassist Damon Smith and drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses. Although the bassist recorded with Moses on Astral Plane Crash ...

Album Review

Narada Burton Greene: Live at Kerrytown House

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Nato a Chicago nel 1937, Burton Greene fu al fianco dei più autorevoli esponenti dell'avanguardia nera degli anni Sessanta: Albert Ayler, Rashied Ali, Alan Silva, Roland Kirk, Marion Brown, Henry Grimes... Poi per motivi economici dovette mettere in secondo piano alla sua attività musicale. Questo CD lo coglie dal vivo in un concerto tenuto nell'ottobre 2010 ad Ann Arbor nel Michigan. Stranamente per quanto riguarda la composizione di molti brani viene riportato un doppio nome, il secondo dei quali è ...

Album Review

Narada Burton Greene: Live at Kerrytown House

Read "Live at Kerrytown House" reviewed by John Sharpe

Does the world need yet another solo piano album? Well if they are all as enjoyable as this then there would be no doubt as to the answer. Live At Kerrytown House captures veteran pianist Narada Burton Greene in pristine clarity on a well-tuned instrument, for an intimate set from Ann Arbor in 2010. Even though Greene came of age with the likes of saxophonists Marion Brown, Gato Barbieri and Albert Ayler in the 1960s, this set belies his avant-garde ...


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