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Fay Victor / Herbie Nichols SUNG: Life Is Funny That Way

Read "Life Is Funny That Way" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The jazz world overlooked pianist and composer Herbie Nichols in his lifetime, but musicians such as Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, and Ted Nash have tried to keep his music in circulation over the years in various projects. Vocalist Fay Victor has been entranced by his music for a long time, and in 2013, she put together a group, Herbie Nichols SUNG, to perform his tunes. This is that group's first recording together and it is excellent. In most ...

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The Choir Invisible with Charlotte Greve, Vinnie Sperrazza and Chris Tordini: Town of Two Faces

Read "Town of Two Faces" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Infused with an inventive and organic zest, Town of Two Faces swings into the spotlight under the deft ensemble of Charlotte Greve on alto saxophone or voice, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, Chris Tordini on acoustic bass. It is graced by a cameo from Fay Victor, a voice which paints jazz in bold uncharted colors, with her knack for reimagining the vocal weave in the jazz tapestry with her deep dive into a memorably melodic blues-and gospel-shaded piece, entitled “In Heaven." ...

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Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Shipp & Jaimie Branch

Read "Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Shipp & Jaimie Branch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vocalist Fay Victor's new solo album, Blackity Black Black Is Beautiful, is one of the featured new recordings in this episode of One Man's Jazz. She plays everything on the album. The much-respected drummer Tyshawn Sorey continues to explore the traditional piano trio with the release of Continuing, while Matthew Shipp takes the solo route for his latest, something the master pianist is very familiar with. The late and treasured trumpeter Jaimie Branch died last year before the completion of ...

Radio & Podcasts

Singers: Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More

Read "Singers:  Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features vocalists as both band leaders and featured performers with other musicians. In the first category, there are Fay Victor and Anita O'Day among others. In the second, we have Kurt Elling with the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Becca Stevens with Ambrose Akinmusire plus several more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Tina May “It Ain't Necessarily ...

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William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

Read "Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

If multi-instrumentalist/composer William Parker's ten-CD Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World suggests a cohesive, high concept plan, it is something more. The beautifully packaged clamshell box set is comprised of mutually exclusive projects—one dating back ten years—with some common themes. There is an overall dedication of the music to “all people of the world who are searching for freedom...." Pandemic downtime resulted in Parker's accumulating enough material for many of these albums. Viewed as a whole, ...

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William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

Read "Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

L'attività musicale di William Parker è stata copiosamente documentata da circa centocinquanta dischi, che spaziano in un caleidocopio di gruppi fondati dallo stesso contrabbassista, formazioni cooperative, omaggi, collaborazioni. Ma nessun singolo lavoro, fino a questo momento, aveva focalizzato l'attenzione su un ventaglio di ispirazioni così ampio e completo come si fa ora nei dieci CD del cofanetto The Music of William Parker—Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World. In questo lavoro monumentale, che viene ...

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Fay Victor Ensemble: Absinthe & Vermouth

Read "Absinthe & Vermouth" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Fay Victor, il cui vocalizzare riecheggia certa drammaturgia nera come di una Betty Carter traslata nel contemporaneo (peraltro con una sua precisa ancestralità), sembra vivere la pratica musicale sostanzialmente nella sua essenza teatrale e oratoria. Ogni brano di questo suo nuovo album, dove il contorno tutto corde finisce per enfatizzare tale connotato, appare così una specie di atto unico in cui l'oralità (più che il canto in senso stretto) conduce la parola verso territori netti, corporali, come scolpiti.


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