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Charlie Apicella and Iron City Meet the Griots Speak: Destiny Calling

Read "Destiny Calling" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since the early 2000s, guitarist Charlie Apicella's Iron City trio has devoted itself to maintaining the tradition of soulful, organ-based jazz. The aptly-titled Groove Machine (OA2 Records, 2019) preceded Destiny Calling, the group's 2023 album. And the latest one is quite a change-up. For this outing, Apicella has teamed up with The Griots Speak, an all-star assemblage of veterans who trace their roots to the halcyon days of the New York loft scene of the 1970s: multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, percussionist ...

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Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Griots Speak: Destiny Calling

Read "The Griots Speak: Destiny Calling" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist Charlie Apicella and his organ trio Iron City are solidly based in the hard-bop mainstream. However, some of their releases are flavored with other motifs, partially by virtue of the guest artists. For instance, the tribute to legendary guitarist B.B. King, Payin' the Cost To Be the Boss (CArlo, Music, 2016), with an augmented sextet, was aptly bluesy. Meanwhile Classic Guitar (Zoho, 2020), with tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, was an intimate interpretation of the Great American Songbook.

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Playfield: Stepping Out

Read "Stepping Out" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

577 Records founder, chief architect, free blowing, free willed, harmonic rebel and reed master Daniel Carter has never shied away from the unknown metropolis. From the silent instant which captures the imagination and sends it sleighing its own peaks and valleys, Carter, and whoever chooses to accept his challenge to participate, let the moment move them and the music into new spaces. Playfield, as this particular congregate of players from downtown NY is dubbed, brings it all to ...

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Christopher Parker: Soul Food

Read "Soul Food" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Christopher Parker convenes the Band Of Guardian Angels for five slices of rootsy free jazz on Soul Food. There is an organic down home feel to the often laid back interplay. But of course the creation of enduring music while being this relaxed occurs not by chance but stems from untold depth of experience. Joining Parker and his wife, vocalist Kelley Hurt, are three vets from the NYC scene in bassist William Parker (no relation), drummer Gerald Cleaver and ...

Radio & Podcasts

Welcome To Adventure

Read "Welcome To Adventure" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are indeed some adventuresome artists in this edition of One Man's Jazz, although I pilfered the title for the show from the title of the Welcome To Adventure Vol. 2 by Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gérald Cleaver. So far, their first volume has been the best-selling album in the history of 577 Records. This second volume may just outsell its predecessor. The music is outstanding. A trio with piano, cornet and electronics sounds like it's on ...

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Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2

Read "Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2" reviewed by John Sharpe

Such is the magic of free jazz that even when uniting known quantities, the outcomes can still surprise and enchant. Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 constitutes the second release from an October 2019 session which brought together four seasoned veterans of the NYC scene in reedman Daniel Carter, pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Given countless prior collaborations, in all manner of permutations, it's not a bombshell that they form such a flexible and empathetic unit on ...

Radio & Podcasts

Welcome, Adventures In Jazz!

Read "Welcome, Adventures In Jazz!" reviewed by Bob Osborne

The title of the new release from Daniel Carter with Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver invites the listener to “Welcome Adventure," something that the avid jazz listener should be used to. These four stalwarts of the scene break new boundaries with a fresh approach to the music. In the same vein there are also great new releases from Manel Fortià, Tremid Spark, Michael Sarian and the Adema Manoukas Octet all mixing tradition with boundary breaking ideas. The mix ...


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